Category Archives: For New Developers

My Answer To: I want to learn programming, should I attend a code school?

I recently had a reader ask me if they should attend a coding academy because they want to get into programming. Here is my answer: There are many success stories involving code schools. In fact my grandmother was one of … Continue reading

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The Software Maintenance Efficiency Curve

I have been told “there is no such thing as green field development”. While that statement is false for the hobbyist developer, in the business world it is nearly true. Those who code for a hobby or for pure enjoyment … Continue reading

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Software Development Heaven – sit stand desk and Herman Miller chair

This year I joined the sit-stand work environment revolution and I love it! When it comes to being a successful software professional, investing in the right tools is important. Many of us overlook ergonomics, especially our desk and chair. In … Continue reading

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Laurence’s List – Roadmap Features to Prioritize

Is the number of issues in your backlog into the triple digits?  Angry customers, bugs that have you tangled in spaghetti code, the talking head just changed the spec AGAIN!!!… and now the President comes to your desk and says … Continue reading

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The Art of Spreadsheet-Fu – tips for manipulating data with Excel, OpenOffice, or Google Drive Spreadsheets

This post demonstrates 5 examples of Spreadsheet-Fu to make quick work of menial data formatting tasks. Spreadsheet programs have useful functions built into them for string manipulation (concatenation, search and replace, formatting, etc).   It used to be just Excel and Open … Continue reading

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Software Ghettos – A Form of Technical Debt

A few years ago I was talking to a senior Java engineer. He was asking me about Django and Python. Having never used the stack himself, and thinking that ‘scripting languages are just toys’, he was skeptical of this new … Continue reading

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