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DBAs are Out of Style and Now There’s a Hole In Your Database

The concept of a DBA – database administrator, has practically gone out of style as a full time job. DBA work, if it is being done, is handled by someone or something else, perhaps in a more vanilla way that … Continue reading

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How to Deftly Handle Pushy People and Succeed on Software Projects

Working in the software profession you will often run into a situation where someone is pushing your estimates down, asking for the moon, or increasing scope without adding resources or time. There is no instruction manual for handling that sort … Continue reading

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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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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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On Pluggers, Rockstars, Ninjas, and other fun labels for developers – which are you?

My first boss taught me there are two types of programmers: pluggers and rock stars. It was the late 90’s, and programming talent was in high demand. I was the young gun they brought in.  A plugger would not have … 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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