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A new look at Azure Durable Functions

Cross-posting an article published on Medium for Zone where I've discussed various features of Azure Durable Functions that I've found useful having come back use to the workflow framework for a recent feature on a project.Click here for a read.
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Recorded Rubber Ducking

Just thought I'd share a "developing in lock-down" tip, which I inadvertently invented (well, let's say discovered) last week. I'm going to call it recorded rubber ducking. The idea of rubber ducking being that if you talk out a problem, even to yourself, you may hit upon the answer.That wasn't working for me, so instead I felt I needed to ask my colleagues to see if someone could see what I couldn't.Importantly though - and really I was just trying not to waste people's time - I took the trouble to clearly write out the issue. What it was, what I'd found, and what still puzzled me. I planned to then post this in Slack, in one hit with all the information, rather than starting with a "@here, anyone know about X?" type of message and follow up from there.And, as you've probably guessed, the act of doing that was sufficient to see the solution to problem* without even bothering anyone.Clearly the action of writing, and forcing me t…

Thoughts on "A Philosophy of Software Design"

I took a recommendation from the blog of Gergely Orosz on a recently released book on software architecture, "A Philosophy of Software Design" by John Ousterhout, purchased and have just finished reading it. In short, I'd second the recommendation - it's not a long book, but is packed with good, practical advice presented from the perspective of an academic, mostly based on his views of many implementations of projects by his students. What I particularly enjoyed about it was that it's a book that makes you think as you go... you aren't simply ticking off a list of things you agree with already. Gergely had a few reservations that he outlined in his post, most of which I also agree with, and I also had some of my own - but all in a postitive way as it made me think and question some practices I've used up to now and consider them from a different viewpoint.In the appendix, John lists 15 design principles that he describes fully in the book, which I'…