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June 28, 2015

Heavy Duty Report: It Works for Me

I have been training Heavy Duty style since October 2013. It took me some time to unlearn volume training, and leave more is better mentality behind. I am not using unlearning as a purely intellectual activity here. Mike Mentzer’s teachings are clear and logical. But when it comes to weight training your body needs to chew on the ideas too. Unsurprisingly I made mistakes in my first few (3 to 6 month long) cycles. But then I got the hang of it. I can now say, with confidence, that Heavy Duty Training works for me. It works damn well.


May 28, 2015

Using Guice Effectively

Just a few tips on using Guice. If you are not familiar with dependency injection this post might make little sense[1]. I hope this will be useful for those of you who are interested in well organized and testable code.


May 02, 2015

Socko - An Embedded Web Server Written in Scala

Socko is a library that provides a web server which talks Akka with the rest of the application. I am not sure about the lightweight claim on its website, but it certainly delivers on the embedded claim. Just add it as a dependency and create a WebServer. You are not forced to use a special command-line tool. You are not forced to use a specific build tool. This is but important because I am interested in technologies that provide functionality without dominating my architecture.


April 07, 2015

Mind Your Form

Abstractions allow us to focus on the immediate computation at hand while hiding its details. Organizing code into modules (or packages or classes) is a form of abstraction. So are functions.

This post is about abstracting syntax. Syntactical abstraction can vary between using functions to abstract away common operations and full fledged DSLs that allow us to express complex tasks with ease. This post is about Clojure’s language constructs that simplify forms. It falls somewhere between those two extremes.


March 07, 2015

Capitalize: Lessons Learned

Capitalize was a small (tiny really) project to practice ClojureScript. I think I have learned enough to justify a blog post. Since ClojureScript is basically Clojure with a few differences I am focusing on tools and libraries.