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Ted Neward07/10/13
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On Programming Tests

It's official: I hate them. Don't get me wrong, I understand their use and the reasons why potential employers give them out. But the ones where the challenge is to implement some algorithmic doodad or other?

Mitch Pronschinske07/08/13
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Preventing Burnout is Easier Than You Think

At this Xebia-organized TED Knowledge Exchange, we learn three "golden" tips about preventing burnout when managing any aspect of a technology organization.

Jurgen Appelo07/08/13
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25 Best Blogging Books

The idea of this list not that you start reading at the top. All books about blogging are different. Some books are about writing, others are about marketing. Some are about technical stuff, others only focus on making money.

Micheal Shallop07/08/13
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How to be a Great Tech Manager

I’ve been a manager, a director, and a developer so, having sat on both sides of the fence, and having experienced a wide-range of management “styles” over the past few decades, I thought I’d offer some unsolicited opinions on the characteristics that move a manager firmly into the awesome classification.

Loris Tissino07/08/13
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Instant Yii 1.1 Application Development Starter

In the book you don't find anything that isn't available online amongst the official documentation on Yii's website or on Wikipedia. The example in the "Quick start" chapter is taken from (and links...

Giorgio Sironi07/08/13
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Backward compatibility, even inside a single project

Backwards compatibility needs to be taken into account whenever you're not acting on the leaf of the dependency graph but on all the other intermediate nodes. I'm both an open source developer as a proprietary one, so I have some tips that can be applied to both internal libraries and open source one.

Alex Curylo07/08/13
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App Monetization: Reality Check

Most developers simply cannot rely on app development as their main source of income. Check out this revenue model chart...

Zac Gery07/07/13
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Hiring Developers: Slow Down to Speed Up

Finding and hiring talent in the technology industry has been ongoing for decades. One might assume early stumbling blocks have been identified and rectified, right? Unfortunately, hiring development talent is still a difficult area for many employers. Why is this?

Leigh Shevchik07/06/13
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Velocity 2013: 20 Tips to Improve Application Speed

At the Akamai pre-party before the start of Velocity 2013, I asked attendees, “What’s your top tip to speed up applications?” Here’s what they had to say:

George Dinwiddie07/05/13
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Agile Planning Tools

One of the most frequently asked questions on public mailing lists and forums devoted to Agile development is “What Agile Planning Tool should we use?” There is always a chorus of answers touting this or that computerized tool, usually without asking any questions about the context. Is there one best tool?

Ian Mitchell07/04/13
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Sprint Backlogs in Practice

Sprint Backlogs mean different things to different teams. Some teams identify tasks, others don't. In this article we look at what a Sprint Backlog is meant to be and how it relates to that most elusive of targets, the Sprint Goal.

Ashish Kuthiala07/04/13
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Electric Cloud Reveals How Software Developers Are Spending Their Time

According to a survey by Electric Cloud, developers spend almost 20% of their time waiting. How does your work week break down compare to the survey results?

Allen Coin07/03/13
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Dev of the Week: Gary Sieling

This week we're talking to Gary Sieling, Philadelphia-based programmer focusing on enterprise applications in the life sciences, and blogger.

Justin Bozonier07/02/13
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Algorithm of the Week: Practical Parallelizing in R

I wrote an algorithm in R to run a Monte Carlo simulation of how many test subjects I need for split tests to detect X% shift in the mean. It essentially required hundreds of thousands of calculations in order to come up with the final table.

Daniel Doubrovkine07/01/13
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My Pathological Fear of Deadlines

There are two kinds of deadlines: those that we set for ourselves and those that others set for us. I believe most software deadlines are self-inflicted and unnecessary. While some will claim deadlines help you focus, they just stress me out.