Category Archives: Software

The Curse of JavaScript: Avoid the powertools until you understand the drill bits.

If I were a gambling man I would bet that everybody that has or is developing using JavaScript (today that is probably all if not most web developers) has started out one day by copying and pasting some script from … Continue reading

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All developers are not created equal – hence not interchangeable

Earlier yesterday I came across this article on the New York Times: Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry. At first I thought, “Man, another big site had their customer data compromised”, but as I continued reading this incident is … Continue reading

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the intersection of business and technology

Technology is useless if it does not deliver business value. Either it saves me time and hence money, or it makes me money. It has to be one or the other. Where does front end architecture fit in this picture? … Continue reading

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The Mythical Man-Month

I think it was in first year software engineering that we had to read this book, and nine years later I really, really understand the underlying purpose of this book. It may just be yet another book back then, but … Continue reading

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Crash ‘n’ Burn: The 11th hour for Flash

Adobe’s rhetoric continues after the curve ball Apple threw. The whining continues with this post: On Adobe, Flash CS5 and iPhone Applications. Sadly, the whining doesn’t change anything, and Adobe’s argument would have been more valid if they didn’t trying … Continue reading

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The agile kitchen

Last year I posted about why successful restaurant kitchens are more Agile than many software ‘kitchens’. Tonight, I’m posting more about this topic. A good software developer is disciplined, just like a good chef is disciplined. Both will put extra … Continue reading

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Blast from the past – Team Athena

Back in 2005-2006 when I was finishing up my Software Engineering degree, we had to build an autonomous search and rescue robot using the Lego Mindstorms kit. Here is a video I found this morning of our robot “Athena” – … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from Gordon Ramsay

Ever watched an episode of Kitchen Nightmares? I mainly got into it because of the similarities between running a kitchen ¬†Gordon Ramsay style and how a lot of software processes could look at Gordon Ramsay for direction. Ramsay’s kitchens are … Continue reading

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MAMP: Mac, Apache, MySQL, & PHP

Install Apache, PHP and MySQL on a Mac in a few clicks. Search “Mac Apache MySQL PHP” and the first result you will get is MAMP. Like the popular LAMP installs for Linux you can do the same with a … Continue reading

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Free Ad-Hoc Business Intelligence and Database Reporting

I struggled for the past week searching for an easy to use, intuitive and ad-hoc business reporting tool. Today I came across Wabit from SQL Power – a Canadian consulting firm that specializes in business intelligence reporting. There are a … Continue reading

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