Now that I have been tinkering with Knockout for about a year, I have finally settled on a host of design patterns that I feel strike a nice balance between rigid consistency and flexible prototyping. I like to have all of my code look very similar. I can look at most code that I have written and know about when I worked on it last. I can usually even look at code that several other developers have touched and see what is mine and what is everyone else’s code. Now that I have a team to direct and an expanding code base to maintain, I have realized that I need to document my own code patterns.
I am a tall, healthy, heterosexual, white, male, middle-class American. I will earn more money over the course of my career than my female colleagues and my racially minority peers. I will have easier access to credit lines, continuing education, travel prerequisites, political office, housing opportunities, career advancement, and basically anything else that I may want. I am less likely to be arrested on suspicion of a crime, and if I have to wade through the judicial system, I am less likely to be convicted of a crime. Statistically, it is pretty fantastic being me. The game is rigged in my favor, and I have no complaints about it.
I work almost exclusively on the Microsoft WISC stack. The first response that I hear from almost every single developer that I’ve chatted with is something along the lines of “oh, that’s all closed source software”. It makes me want to throttle them. Mostly because it is an entirely antiquated line of thinking that just shows a lack of actual knowledge of the ecosystem.