January 29th, 2021

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An illustration of a common social justice practice: allyship or whatever they call it. Some dude's statement on his site:

Which is, of course, entirely up to him. But, speaking from the audience, what I want is to learn from the experience of experienced developers. As well as, secondarily, to be treated to a talk by someone who has learnt and perfected the craft of public speaking. Which runs contrary to the spirit of this movement to pull back the more experienced developers in order to clear the stage to "promote" the greener ones.

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This is probably no way to write gherkin. Gherkin was supposed to act as a bridge between business stakeholders who don't know how to read code, but know exactly what value they want to get from the code (i.e. what, ultimately, the code is supposed to do), and developers, who know how to code, but don't know why.

If Gherkin is used as a communication tool for the testers themselves, then what's the point of even adding this extra level of indirection.

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I do not know how important schools are; I am just amused by this report, by the Times, which describes a situation where the society says that if most people can't have certain things (specifically, remote lessons for their kids in state schools), then the rest of the society (those whose kids attend private schools) bloody well aren't allowed to have them either. Even though there aren't any technical obstacles for this second group of kids to have their classes.

There are two narratives that can be spun out of this observation. One, serving the many, is about (un)fairness. The other, serving the few, is about jealousy.