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saxop
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   Posted 7/16/2015 10:44 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Looking at the Finale jobs MakeMusic is hiring for, I think we can get a glimpse at what the company is thinking. They currently are looking for two engineers, one for Windows and one for Mac. In both cases, the job descriptions suggest an initial focus on code modernization. They're moving to newer UI frameworks, completing 64-bit support, improving threading (for better performance, presumably), and focusing on unit testing. All of these things suggest that they are trying to lay a better base to work from and position themselves to move forward with new development.

"In the near term, you will be working to modernize the code base including: finishing migration to 64-bit, improving threading support, creating seams, writing unit tests, and working with CI to improve deployment systems. In the long term you will be implementing critical features and continuing to revolutionize music notation and digital sheet music."
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   Posted 7/17/2015 1:47 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
What's a "seam", I wonder?


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   Posted 7/17/2015 1:57 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
What's a "seam", I wonder?


I think I'm sitting on one at the moment…

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   Posted 7/17/2015 3:10 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
What's a "seam", I wonder?


I believe it's related to dependency injection. I think it's just a term for a place in the code that is designed to accept a dependency.
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   Posted 7/17/2015 3:23 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
What's a "seam", I wonder?


It must be something to do with those threads they need help threading.


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   Posted 7/17/2015 3:59 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
A "Seam" is a way to deal with legacy code, unit tests, etc. It's the point where two codebases meet, and making sure that the legacy codebase doesn't affect the primary codebase, while still allowing for unit tests. It's a term coined by Michael Feathers in the book "Working Efficiently with Legacy Code". Perhaps MM's interprets the word differently, I don't know.


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   Posted 7/17/2015 5:29 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Ah, thanks for the explanation.


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   Posted 7/17/2015 5:39 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Thanks, Jari, that fits. A little more information here: accu.org/index.php/journals/1927

"What is a seam? Feathers characterises a seam as a place in our code base where we can alter behaviour without being forced to edit it in that place. This has the advantage that we can inject the dependencies from outside, which leads to both an improved design and better testability. Every seam has one important property: an enabling point. This is the place where we can choose between one or another. There are different kinds of seam types. We focus on object, compile, preprocessor and link seams in this article."
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   Posted 7/17/2015 5:50 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
C++ has always given me headaches.


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   Posted 7/18/2015 11:35 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
This is good news. "Seems" quite late, but good still. Hope it works out!


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   Posted 7/27/2015 11:25 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Hi Saxop:
You are correct we're investing in a team to modernize our code base. We do interpret seams the same way Jari and Michael Feathers do. I'm always looking for good developers. If you or someone you know is interested in our openings, please feel free to have them PM me.

Cheers,


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