Posts Tagged "Tips and tricks"

An Analogy Is Worth a Thousand Pictures

The famous saying goes that "a picture is worth a thousand words" but when it comes to software development, an environment where you are expected to communicate with business people, I found the saying "an analogy is worth a thousand pictures" to be more applicable. Probably ever since the invention of the computer, those who work to develop software have had a tough time explaining its concepts to business people ...

The Tides of the Programming Industry

It is hard to believe that in a few more short years I will be approaching my 20th anniversary as a programmer. During my career I have tried the best I can to stay on top of the trends, see what others are doing, work for companies who are perhaps a bit lost in the legacy realm and push those companies into the current waves of innovation. One thing I ...

Some Beginner Tips for Better Software Development

So you are new to programming and you want some quick and easy tips for making better software. Sure there are ton of sites out there talking about all these subjects on code structure and best practices, but which ones can give you some immediate bang for your buck? Which ones should you follow right out of the gate to get off to a great start? We have compiled 6 ...

The Language All Polyglot Programmers Should Know: Business

You can leap buildings with a single C++ statement and you can move faster than a locomotive when it comes to Python, but when it comes to speaking the language of business with the executives, it becomes your kryptonite! We are all masters of the universe when it comes to our domain of software development but we just can't seem to get the hang of translating why something is cool ...

The Importance of Baking Your Apps

I see a lot of companies who move at a neck breaking pace and crank out their application iterations at alarming speeds. Just as users upgrade their client and run it, they are met with another update message. Users start finding themselves constantly updating to keep up. This is usually the result of short cycle agile methodologies that doesn't wait to batch their fixes and features. From a development standpoint ...

Help Wanted: Developers Who Are Also Janitors

Once, long ago, I use to be a janitor cleaning up after executives in office buildings as I put myself through school. At the time I would be sweeping the floors as I saw some of those workers crunching through their spreadsheets late at night getting ready for their presentations the next day. One guy I saw did a lot of print shop type of stuff, graphic work, troubleshooting etc ...