Category Archive: Weighing In

Employ Engineers not Librarians

If you are running a software company today and are not heavily investing documentation, you are throwing money away. Far too often there is the attitude of putting off or completely forgoing full documentation in an effort to ship a product sooner. After all, spending time and money on documentation slows you down and doesn’t …

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Don’t Become Trained to Self Interrupt

The great thing about good habits is that we can identify, train and adopt them into our everyday lives. Sadly, the same is true for bad habits, however we rarely are aware that we have acquired them. This rang true with me recently where after a couple rough, interruption filled weeks in the office I …

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Every Software Developer Needs to be Involved with Open Source

Gone are the days of the high barrier of entry into open source coding. No longer is open source the realm of console Linux hackers who don’t have the time to talk to noobs. Within a few minutes you can be knee deep in a GitHub project digging through the work of weekend hackers or …

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It’s Better to be Clear Than Clever

In my years of coding I have had the opportunity to work with, or after, a wide range of types of programmers. Both self taught and professionally trained, and in small and fast paced companies there wasn’t always a set of coding standards in place leaving developers to do what was best in their opinion. …

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Avoid Any Gadget with OLED Displays (For Now)

With each new device comes a bigger and better screen with sharpness, color range and contrast levels that are downright incredible. Tablets are now advancing beyond HDTVs and as tech junkies, it is in our DNA to purchase these bests of breed. However, these advances do not come without their faults. On the cutting edge …

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HTML5 Got Pushed to 2014 and I Don’t Care

Recently the W3C stated that after several more years of rigorous testing the final HTML5 spec will be ratified in 2014. This sounds nice but truthfully you need to be building and deploying your web apps in HTML5 now, because it is already here. The last major browser to gain HTML5 support(Internet Explorer 9) is …

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A Look at Internet Explorer 9

I just downloaded the Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 9 and so far I really like what I see. Some of the key features are a multithreaded javascript engine that compiles script into native code in the background as well as full DirectX rendering with anti-aliasing for the cleanest web rendering that I’ve seen so …

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