Anna Filina


If We Asked Athletes the Questions That We Ask Developers

July 11th, 2019

We all heard the question "how long will it take you to do this project?" Now imagine we were talking to an athlete.

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Null Hell and How to Get Out of It

July 3rd, 2019

When used without a second thought, nulls can make your life miserable and you possibly don't even realize that they're the ones that cause you so much pain. Let me explain.

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Randomizing Test Data is a Bad Idea

March 8th, 2019

Any form of randomization in automated tests is a bad idea, yet everyone does it. It can lead to tests that fail unpredictably, while giving a false sense of confidence every time that they don't fail. Randomizing is basically hoping that with enough builds, we may find a bug that existed all along.

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Fake PHP Version in Composer

February 23rd, 2019

Say you run the latest PHP version on your machine, but the server runs PHP 5.5. This means that when you decide to add a Composer package, it might propose a version that may not be installable on the server.

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What Do Speakers Look for in Reviews?

February 15th, 2018

Every public speaker is different, so let me tell you to what I personally pay attention in post-talk reviews.

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Testing Legacy PHP Scripts

January 26th, 2018

I gave myself a challenge: to test a legacy "controller" in isolation, yet with minimal impact on the original code.

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How I Got 100% on Google PageSpeed Insights

January 4th, 2018

I set out to redesign my blog and throw in my consulting services in there. I decided to try a few techniques that I learned over the past couple of months, to get some practice. 90% of my work consists in experimenting, so that my customers would later benefit from the results.

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Why Objects Over Arrays?

January 26th, 2017

I saw a tweet earlier today “there seems to be this obsession with turning everything into an object”. Here’s a detailed response as to why using objects instead of arrays is a good idea, in my opinion. The Problem I once took over a project written in ActionScript 3. It was a fairly simple project. Five mini-games […]

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Increase Efficiency of Remote Communications

December 12th, 2016

Do you want to increase the efficiency of your remote communications by a factor of ten? Keep reading then. Respond immediately. If you have all the necessary information to respond to an e-mail, do it now. You already spent time reading the e-mail. By not responding immediately, you are wasting time re-reading it next time and categorizing […]

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Conference Organization: Speaker Agreement

November 22nd, 2016

At ConFoo, we use a speaker agreement to ensure that accepted speakers take their commitment seriously and understand the impact of a cancellation. We used to lose thousands of dollars due to speakers cancelling after we already purchased their flight (as a non-profit, that hurts). It’s also an opportunity to remind them to be respectful and make sure […]

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