I actually never considered the case that the TOP clause in SQL can be used for other tings than SELECT. But is it really a realistic use-case?
Testing things where you need to fake time is not hard given the right abstractions. That is why when I read this article I felt really sad. Because while the article describes one way to fake time it does so by breaking three fundamentals which is pretty hard in three lines of relevant code...
Almost 2 years ago I wrote about this problem with accessing data from Azure and returning it in a LINQ friendly way. Well not long ago the discussion came up again only this time it was in regard to access data in a Cassandra cluster.
I think it is safe to say that anybody who is serious about security will tell you that security through obscurity is no security. Yet a lot of people think obscuring is a great way to increase security like for example return 404 rather than 403 on REST APIs when the caller does not have rights to retrieve an existing resource.
One question that comes up quite often is if you should always use async/await or not. Sadly enough the answer is not simple because there is a trade-off between performance and ease of understanding exceptions.
Lately I've been discussing estimation a lot with both colleagues and friends so I guess it is time to go at it again. As I've mentioned several times before; I'm not a believer in estimates. The process of estimating is good in order to understand and break down complex problems but the estimate itself as limited (if any) value in my opinion.