The CID Pattern: a strategy to keep your web service code clean

Date Tags design

The Problem

Long term maintenance of a web application, will, at some point, require changes. Code grows with the functionality it serves, and an increase in functionality is inevitable.

It is impossible to foresee what sort of changes are required, but there are changes that are common and are commonly ...

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KeyError in self._handlers: a journey deep into Tornado's internals

Date Tags python

If you've worked with tornado, you may have encountered a traceback of a somewhat bewildering error:

Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tornado/ioloop.py", line 832, in start
fd_obj, handler_func = self._handlers[fd]
KeyError: 16

A few other people have been confused ...

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Building a Windows Gaming VM for Steam Link: 2016 Edition

Date Tags kvm / vm

In 2016, I bought a Steam Link, allowing me to play games on my TV without having to lug a whole physical machine over. The main requirement of Steam Link is the link and the PC on the same network: this allows encoded streaming from the PC to the link ...

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Global logging with flask

As of December 2016, Flask has a built-in logger that it instantiates for you. Unfortunately, this misses the errors and other log messages in other libraries that may also be valuable.

It would be nice to have a single logger, one that captures BOTH library AND app logs. For those ...

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Hierarchal Naming

Date Tags design

One of the most interesting artifacts of most programming languages using English conventions is variable naming. Today I contend that:

English Grammar is a Terrible Programming Default

Consider how you would specify that a room is for guests in English, or a car is designed to be sporty. In both ...

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How I Learn More Vocabulary

When it comes to reaching language proficiency, vocabulary is important. To reach proficiency as quickly as possible, the choice of vocabulary is important.

I'm going to explain my approach a bit.

How To Learn Vocabulary

Vocabulary from a spoken standpoint requires quick recall without a reference, which is really ...

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Hacking Language Learning

Let's start with a disclaimer: I'm not a teacher, and I have no experience in teaching languages. I've been trying to learn quite a few though. Everything stated here is in my own, anecdotal case study opinion.

If the goal is some level or proficiency, I feel ...

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Test Classes Don't Work

Date Tags testing

Test Classes don't work as a test structure.

It's worth clarifying what I mean by the test class. I'm speaking specifically about the following structure of an test:

  • having a test class, that contains the setup and teardown method for test fixtures
  • putting multiple tests in that ...
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How I Design Test Suites

Date Tags testing

At Zillow, I've done a lot of work on the design and development of the test infrastructure we use for full-stack tests. It's always fun to watch your tool become popular, but even more interesting is the discussions around test suite design that come with it.

Many discussions ...

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About Yusuke Tsutsumi
Software Engineer at Zillow. I focus on tools and services for developer productivity, including build and testing.

My other interests include programming language design, game development, and learning languages (the non-programming ones).