On asking versus guessing cultures

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The “asking” vs “guessing” cultural spectrum is one of many things that divides British and American culture (broadly speaking, though it varies across the USA/UK). I was explaining this to an American friend from one of the southern states recently. It goes like this…

YAGNI exceptions

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A list of some exceptions to the principle of “You Ain't Gonna Need It” — that is, times when doing a bit more up front usually pays off.

Keyword-only arguments in Python

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Keyword-only arguments are a feature that has been around since Python 3.0 but I've not seen them used much. This post explores the how and why.