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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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Wolfram Alpha Language Coming Soon

Wolfram Alpha has always been a interesting if not quirky ‘intelligent search engine’. It can do things like: Take derivatives –  d(ln(x))/dx Generate star charts Show the position of the International Space Station Get detailed nutrition facts Stock analysis (Facebook) Routlette Payoffs … 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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A Critique of JavaScript MVC frameworks – Beware of Rampant Asynchronous JavaScript Calls

Software professionals should be aware of the limitations that come with the current trend of building asynchronous heavy web applications. We are seeing a surge in serious and large scale JavaScript applications at the enterprise level. Here is a list … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Require.js and a simpler approach to loading JavaScript

Require.js is trying to solve the problem of dealing with lots of JavaScript. I have used it with Backbone.js, underscore, Dojo, and jQuery. It works well, but it does take some effort to get it configured and running within your … 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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