Tag: Planet Wikimedia

The Fallacy of DRY

DRY, standing for Don’t Repeat Yourself, is a well-known design principle in the software development world. It is not uncommon for removal of duplication to take center stage via mantras such as “Repetition is the root of all… Read More

Generic Entity handling code

In this blog post I outline my thinking on sharing code that deals with different types of Entities in your domain. We’ll cover what Entities are, code reuse strategies, pitfalls such as Shotgun Surgery and Anemic Domain Models… Read More

OOP file_get_contents

I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of FileFetcher 4.0.0. FileFecther is a small PHP library that provides an OO way to retrieve the contents of files. What’s OO about such an interface? You can inject an implementation… Read More

PHP development with Docker

I’m the kind of dev that dreads configuring webservers and that rather does not have to put up with random ops stuff before being able to get work done. Docker is one of those things I’ve never looked… Read More

Why Every Single Argument of Dan North is Wrong

Alternative title: Dan North, the Straw Man That Put His Head in His Ass. This blog post is a reply to Dan’s presentation Why Every Element of SOLID is Wrong. It is crammed full with straw man argumentation… Read More

Simple is not easy

Simplicity is possibly the single most important thing on the technical side of software development. It is crucial to keep development costs down and external quality high. This blog post is about why simplicity is not the same… Read More

PHP 7.1 is awesome

PHP 7.1 has been released, bringing some features I was eagerly anticipating and some surprises that had gone under my radar. New iterable pseudo-type This is the feature I’m most exited about, perhaps because I had no clue… Read More

Implementing the Clean Architecture

Both Domain Driven Design and architectures such as the Clean Architecture and Hexagonal are often talked about. It’s hard to go to a conference on software development and not run into one of these topics. However it can… Read More

Rewriting the Wikimedia Deutschland fundraising

Last year we rewrote the Wikimedia Deutschland fundraising software. In this blog post I’ll give you an idea of what this software does, why we rewrote it and the outcome of this rewrite. The application Our fundraising software… Read More

Maps 4.0.0-RC1 released!

I’m happy to announce the first release candidate for Maps 4.0. Maps is a MediaWiki extension to work with and visualize geographical information. Maps 4.0 is the first major release of the extension since January 2014, and it… Read More