The Pit of Poor Performance - Part 1

This is a story about some code I recently refactored at work, which resulted in a process that previously took double-digit numbers of hours down to about 20 minutes. I think it’s an interesting case because it was such a dramatic performance increase, and the root cause for the performance problem was something I think software developers run into a lot.

WebAPI Test-O-Matic

While investigating migrating the API code in our application at work from the nearly-abandoned Jayrock RPC framework to the more widespread and well-supported ASP.NET WebAPI, I noticed that there was one nice-to-have that Jayrock enjoyed over WebAPI – it has a built-in automated tester which enables you to compose and submit AJAX requests to your API endpoints.

Nintendo Switch First Impressions, Part 4

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about my overall impressions of the Switch and it’s place in the spectrum of “home console” versus “handheld” gaming system. Part 2 covered some more detail about the ingenius Joy Con controllers as well as the Pro Controller, and the different modes of play that the system supports. Part 3 covered the software end of things, including the system software, Snipperclips, and 1-2-Switch. This post will focus on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.