Thoughts on Surface Duo: I Told You So!

I don’t want to say I told you so, but it’s just too tempting. Yes, I told you so! Not long after I published my article about how and why Microsoft should adopt Android, Microsoft adopted Android. It’s not exactly like the way I described in my article, but it’s a baby step and I will take it as a win. I don’t have inside information. I’m just an old Windows Phone fan who moved on. I moved on so I can see which direction Microsoft is moving on too. Yep, in case it’s still not clear, it’s Android.

Microsoft announced Surface Duo in October 2019. It runs Android, and it has two screens. Let’s talk about it.

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Microsoft’s Modern Windows Issue: Attempts To Modernizing Windows (for a decade)

It’s hard for a company of Microsoft’s size to stay relevant, let alone turning itself around. It somehow became the biggest company in the world, and that’s impressive. However, what this article talks about is not how this company is run but a much smaller topic. Giving them full credit of running the company so well does not mean I cannot complain about the little things that drive me crazy. Watching them to become more successful is painful to an old fan like myself. Microsoft use to be the Windows and Office company. Nowadays it’s more successful with Azure and Office365. For an old fan, it’s like seeing your divorced wife selling your engagement ring for something more practical. You can definitely understand it given the circumstances, but it still breaks your heart. 

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How & Why Microsoft Should Adopt “Android”

This article is something I have been cooking up for some time now. I finished most of it a week before my hackathon last weekend, but I had to shift focus to the hackathon as we had a commitment to build a complete software solution for a local non-for-profit organization. Now that I have fully recovered from the busy two weeks of planning and hacking, I here present to you my view on the subject matter.

Microsoft should adopt “Android” and make a mobile device.

Whenever this topic/opinion is brought up, people often have different oppositions. The argument is mostly about that Android is owned by Google and that Microsoft needs to depend on them. This is exactly why I put “Android” in quotes. I don’t exactly mean Android. You can say it’s a click bait, but I mean AOSP, ie. Android Open Source Project. Let’s, for the sake of simplicity, call this imaginary version of Microsoft’s AOSP MOS (Microsoft OS). What are my arguments? Let me explain.

Cousin MOS(e)
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How I Refactored My ExpressJS Code(A Chat App)

Refactoring is something every programmer has to do once in a while. You start to write something. You search around to find out how everything works and piece them together in your program. Now that everything works, sort of. You want to start thinking about code maintenance before it gets out of control. Now that you have a proof of concept, you want to refactor it to scale up. We’ve all done it, and it’s not easy if the framework you work with is unfamiliar to you.

Express + Typescript

Pretty much every web developer has worked with ExpressJS some point in their programming life. I have too. But this time it’s a little bit different for me. It’s Typescript. I have never worked with Typescript before, let alone writing a ExpressJS backend in it. So I decided to document down how I did it and how I refactored it to be scalable.

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