Just say NO!

It’s 8 PM on a Saturday and you get a call from your project manager asking if you could quickly modify a project’s code and deploy it in production. You don’t feel okay about it? You’re absolutely right!

Scrum is the new death march

After years of developing software by (incorrectly) applying the Scrum methodology, I have come to this conclusion: Scrum is the new death march. Or rather, Scrum does more harm than good when it’s mindlessly requested by managers who are merely trying to show how modern and trendy their development teams are.

Jasmine test on AngularJS promise-returning function keeps on timing out

Being the test-driven developer that you are, you are writing a Jasmine test for your AngularJS factory function, which returns a promise generated by our beloved $q. You know how to test an asynchronous response with Jasmine. You confidently run the test and… bam, you get an error message “Timeout – Async callback was not invoked within timeout specified by jasmine.DEFAULT_TIMEOUT_INTERVAL”

403 Forbidden on web clients against cookie-based secured REST services

You are developing your web client (AngularJS or any other) against your REST services’ server, secured using cookies-based sessions and CSRF tokens sent as cookies. You’ve done everything by the book, followed the tutorials to make your security work, especially CORS and CSRF tokens. And yet you still get a pesky 403 when trying to login!

Tower 57: alpha preview

And now for something completely different. I recently had the privilege to play the first alpha preview of Tower 57: a gorgeous old school, pixel-art designed, “Chaos Engine”-inspired game by Pixwerk. A little something I got for being an early backer of its Kickstarter campaign. Warning, biased shameless plug ahead!

Give the finger to music majors, support FMA

As you might already know, FMA (Free Music Archive) is currently trying to raise $50,000 to maintain and expand its mission as providers of curated, CC-licensed music. I usually try not to favor one site or the other (it’s usually a double-edged sword), but I do believe that FMA are absolutely worth of your attention. Let me try to explain to you why they deserve our help.