Estimates are Fine. They Build Trust When You Provide Them And Deliver On Them

May 10, 2024

Marco Rogers asked about estimates on Mastodon, and I agree with a lot of what he’s written. Engineers often think they should not have to do estimates, going so far as to champion the “no estimates” movement, or claiming that engineers should not have to be accountable for their work. Writing software is expensive, and the people paying for it have every right to ask the developers when it might be done.

Ruby's Complex Branching Options

April 29, 2024

Working on some personal projects where I’m not constrained by older versions of Ruby or on Rails, I’ve been trying to learn and use features of Ruby introduced in the last few years. One feature is pattern-matching, and it’s caused me to ask the question: what is the best way to create a branching control structure in Ruby?

Before going into this, I was solidly team if statements, but now I’m not so sure.

Web Components in Earnest

January 24, 2024

I’ve previously written about a basic experience with Web Components and not getting it, but I think I get it now. In this (quite long) post, I’m going to go over how I built Ghola, a palette generator for developers. It’s entirely built with custom elements. It has almost no dependencies, runs fast, and was fun to work on.

Web Components: Templates, Slots, and Shadow DOM Aren't Great

November 20, 2023

In two previous posts, I explored the custom elements part of Web Components, concluding that the lifecycle callbacks provide value beyond rolling your own. I want to look at the other two parts of Web Components, which are the Shadow DOM and the <template> tag. These provide a templating mechanism that doesn’t work like any other web application templating environment and is incredibly limiting to the point I must be just not understanding.