What is a "Senior Developer"?

When a company hires All Around the World to develop new systems or work on existing ones, they're sometimes surprised to find out that, with few exceptions, we only hire senior engineers. We're not a "body shop." We're the experts you hire when you need things to work and you've discovered that the $100 a day freelancer wasn't such a bargain after all (true story).

So when a self-described intermediate developer asked me what I meant by "Senior Developer", and does it just meant "time on duty", I realized that what we're looking for is different from what other companies look for. We have high standards and a difficult hiring process, but it's worth it.

What follows is my (edited) response to that developer.

Writing Declarative Perl

At The Perl Conference in Washington DC, I'll be giving a talk on Modeling a Universe in Perl. For previous versions of this talk, people have asked for more information about how we model complex actions in a (mostly) declarative manner. For example, here's the code for purchasing a clone:

It's the Steps() function which is our declarative code. As you might imagine, there are tons of actions which might require that you be in a particular area, or have credits removed from your wallet, so the Area and Wallet lines can be dropped into any Steps() function anywhere throughout our code. But people want to know how this works. In reality, it's pretty simple.

Better SQL tracing with DBIx::Class

I've been trying to track down some SQL issues with Tau Station and to be honest, I've never been terribly happy with the output from the DBIx::Class DBIC_TRACE or the DBI DBI_TRACE. So I have something better.

Using the Perl debugger with DBIx::Class

I wrote about using the Perl debugger with Moose. In that post, I showed how to use DB::Skip to make it easier to use the Perl debugger with Moose and other modules whose guts you don't want to wade through.

Today's debugger hack will make using the debugger with DBIx::Class much easier.

Saving your test suite history

If you saw my FOSDEM talk about Building a Universe in Perl, I show some examples of the code we use to model behaviors in our universe. I start talking about out test suite at one point and that's probably the most exciting part. You see, we've been fixing our leaderboard system in part because I can do this:

That's a truncated version of our test failure report for tests failing on master. Leaderboard tests show up twice in there.

Ever have an failing test and trying to remember if it failed before? Is it fragile code? Is it fragile tests? Has it ever failed on your master branch? What percentage of your tests fail? Well, now you can find out.

About Ovid

user-pic Freelance Perl/Testing/Agile consultant and trainer. See http://www.allaroundtheworld.fr/ for our services. If you have a problem with Perl, we will solve it for you. And don't forget to buy my book! http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Perl-Curtis-Poe/dp/1118013840/