Category Archives: For New Developers

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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