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Systems Past: the only 8 software innovations we actually use

Systems Past: the only 8 software innovations we actually use Interesting post and he makes a good point: I find that all the significant concepts in software systems were invented/discovered in the 15 years between 1955 and 1970. What have we been doing since then? Mostly making things faster, cheaper,Read More

Compromised data notes

(The following are my notes made from attending the morning of day 1 of the Comprised Data Colloquium, 28 October 2013)

PyCharm: Markdown mode can display a Preview

I just discovered something great and something that will help me document projects. Sometimes I wonder how the README of a project will look on github or bitbucket and the only way for me to check is to push my changes, fire up the browser, go to the repo andRead More

Mapping Django ideas to Java, Servlets and Struts

It’s been weird to consider the concepts in Java with servlets and the Struts web framework since I’ve been using Django and Python for the last year. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17264522/how-do-django-concepts-map-to-java-servlets-struts-and-jsp-pages So I posted a question on Stackoverflow with an answer that describes how some Django concepts translate into Java web development concepts.

Agile and user expectations

From this article on IT World, “Why your users hate agile (and what you can do about it)”, come some answers and strategies for dealing with user/customer/client expectations: 7 tips for making Agile more palatable to users Find ways to give users some sense of predictability Earn trust incrementally ExplainRead More

HowTo: Set up a Page to Promote Your Organization’s Free/Open Source Contributions

HowTo: Set up a Page to Promote Your Organization’s Free/Open Source Contributions How do you get others to acknowledge your organization’s contributions in the free/open source ecosystem? How do you earn a reputation for using and developing high-quality software? The first step is to set up a simple web page listing yourRead More

Nice article on the importance of code reviews

Found a nice article on the importance of collaborative code reviews: Studies show peer code review is the most effective method for finding defects. One analysis of more than 12,000 software projects said code reviews hit 60% efficiency for defect detection while unit tests were only 25% efficient. For every hourRead More