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The Decline and Fall of Agile

A good writeup by James Shore on The Decline and Fall of Agile (James Shore blog). Software development projects are a hard thing; not necessarily because of the software, but because people are involved. I’ve worked on the most mature (and rigid) software…

Java is the top programming language

According to the Tiobe Programming Community Index, Java is the top/dominant programming language (Aug 2008): Tiobe Programming Community Index, August 2008 (Credit: Tiobe) The same reports indicates that COBOL scores a new all time low (at position 19), yet it still is above…

Twitter as a Case Study

So Twitter is down, again. Twitter, a great idea, but terribly designed and implemented… Twitter is a great case study: for what a badly designed piece of software is all about, for what not do, or what to avoid, or how NOT to…

Refactoring automation is like a spreadsheet

“Refactoring is the process of changing a software system in such a way that it does not alter the external behavior of the code yet improves its internal structure.” — MartinFowler in RefactoringImprovingTheDesignOfExistingCode. Refactoring automation is to S/W developers what spreadsheets are to…

Better development tools for growing projects

As our project needs grow, it was clear that it was time for eZee to invest some dough into better, integrated tools for issue tracking, change management, and knowledge sharing. For this we acquired Atlassian’s Jira, FishEye (w/ Subversion which we already were…

Bray on “Why is Ruby on Rails so darn slow?”

Tim Bray said at his Ruby Conference keynote speech last week: Rails is “a big deal, a hot deal”, : : “Let’s face the facts: Ruby is too slow,” Bray told delegates. He says Ruby 1.8.6 – which dominates the enterprise landscape –…

Using Static Analysis For Software Defect Detection

A very good presentation Using Static Analysis For Software Defect Detection; William Pugh, Google TechTalks, July 6, 2006: William Pugh — I’ll talk about some of my experience in using and expanding static analysis tools for defect detection. The FindBugs tool developed at…

NetBeans 6.0 final/gold is out

I’ve been using NetBeans 6.0 throughout the beta/RCs, and now it has gone final/gold… The IDE continues to get better and better. ceo

Ten reasons why every programmer should learn C

The C Language is probably the most important programming language; it is fast, compact, and pervasive, and it exposes programmers to very important skills and concepts; you can't be sloppy when using C. The C Language is the language of choice for building…

dzone – fresh links for developers

I just learned via Michael Yuan's blog about dzone, a Digg-like website for developers. Interesting… ceo

Poll Results for Do you like to use Code Generators?

Do you like to use Code Generators? Below are the results for the poll: …with the majority of the respondents indicating they like using code generators as a starting point (35%). Then comes the developers who rather (completely) write their software vs. using…

Developer Poll: Do You Like to Use Code Generators?

Development tools are getting very sophisticated, helping developers generate UI, base code structure, and more. But do you like using code generators? Or do you prefer to crank out all your code manually? I've put together a poll to see if developers are…

No Fluff Just Stuff Symposium, and on Ruby on Rails

I spent the last 2 days attending the No Fluff Just Stuff Symposium here in Austin. I had a great time. Yesterday I spent the whole day listening to Dave Thomas, author of various Ruby and Rails books. Good content and presentation by…

Using NetBeans 5.0

Download NetBeans 5.0 For many, IDEs are a religious topic. For me it is about ROI – the best bang for the buck. I've tried many Java IDEs – today I use NetBeans. I've seen NetBeans grow to what it is today –…

Code Complete, Second Edition

Back in the early and mid 1990s, when I was a young developer, Steve McConnell published some great books: Rapid Development, and Code Complete, both excellent references on writing good, solid code and best practices — these were and still are books that…

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