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Archive for September 2014

Predictive Models of Development Teams and the Systems They Build

In 1968 Melvin Conway pointed out a seemingly inevitable symmetry between organisations and the software systems they construct. Organisations today are more fluid than 40 years ago, with short developer tenure, and frequent migration of individuals between projects and employers. In this article we’ll examine data on the tenure and productivity of programmers and use […]

Writing the Simplest Emacs company-mode Backend

In Emacs, company-mode (short for “complete anything”) is a framework for performing completion in buffers.1 It’s an alternative to the popular auto-complete-mode. company-mode supports extension via backends which provide the framework with lists of possible completions in various contexts. So, for example, there’s a backend that provides completion support for Emacs lisp and one that […]

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