In the summer of 2019, I helped lead a group of 16 young men to the Haarlem Jamborette. With Covid restrictions increasing by the day, I look back and think about all the basic freedoms I took for granted in going over there. Last year I was asked by our Sponsor, Woodcliff United Church, to reflect on what that trip meant.

Tools can be the bane of my existence sometimes…

IBM’s Rational Application Developer (RAD) handles the voodoo between your JSF JSP and the backing bean (pagecode). It maintains this reference with a commented line atop your JSP that looks something like this:

This tells the IBM PageDesigner that the methods/members…

I think one of the most important virtues of a software professional is being fearless. Someone can lack fear for many reasons:

1) They’re naive

2) They’re stupid

3) They’re experienced

A naïve or stupid person is either naturally or consciously ignorant of the risk involved with the activity they’re about to embark on. The first can be forgiven until becomes a trend (in which case they’re starting to become the second).

J.B. Rainsberger once wrote (in JUnit Recipes):

Test until fear turns to boredom.

Taken up a level, it means do the little things that help you become fearless. Don’t just act without fear.

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Originally published at on October 26, 2006.

Jamie McIlroy

Jamie McIlroy

Husband and Father. Wilderness First-Aid Certified. Terrible at tying knots. I play Squash. I like things that Trade. Leafs fan. FRC and Scouts Canada