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Remy Sharp10/22/14
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Element focus utility

I've recently been looking at retrofitting keyboard navigation support to JS Bin, but I was immediately struck by the totally lack of visibility on what was in focus. So I built a mini utility to visualise what's happening.

Dave Rooney10/22/14
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Uh Oh... We Discovered More Stories!

While Story Mapping goes a long way towards identifying the work that needs to be completed to deliver a viable system, you will inevitably miss some stories. This is a natural outcome of the discovery process that is inherent to software development.

Johanna Rothman10/20/14
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Small Internal Releases Lead to Happy Customers

Release externally whenever you want. That is a business decision. Separate that business decision from your ability to release internally all the time.

Gen Furukawa10/20/14
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The Key to Distributed Database Performance: Scalability

TL;DR: The realities of modern corporate networks make the move to distributed database architectures inevitable. How do you leverage the stability and security of traditional relational database designs while making the transition to distributed environments? One key consideration is to ensure your cloud databases are scalable enough to deliver the technology's cost and performance benefits.

Lorna Mitchell10/19/14
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Running Multiple Versions of PHP

When I advise people about upgrading their PHP version, I say things like "just run your test suite with the new version" "just grab the new version and try your site with the built-in webserver". A couple of people recently have asked for more detail on how to actually achieve these things so here's a quick primer on getting new PHP without touching anything to do with your existing PHP installation.

Vinod Kumaar Ra...10/19/14
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Disposable Software

Should we design cost-effective disposable software?

Allan Kelly10/17/14
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The Estimates Land Mine: Use and Misuse of Estimates

In the meantime it seems to me that a lot of the problem with Estimates lies in what they are, what they are not, how they are used and how they are mis-used.

Chris Odell10/16/14
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The Help Helper

If you write a lot of plugins, or plan to, then it might be a good idea to create a class which encapsulates some of this functionality. This is exactly what I have done and the Help helper class can be found on my downloads page.

Paul Underwood10/16/14
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Register New Post Statuses In WordPress

If you want to create your own post statuses to create your own workflow then WordPress allows you to register your own post statuses to use in your application.

Tom Howlett10/16/14
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Interviewing Programmers: Start with Code

For me recruiting a programmer has to start with code. I don’t really care about the CV and the application process for this job involved a quick coding problem.

Rob Allen10/16/14
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Context-specific history at the bash prompt

These two bind command change the way that the up and down arrow keys work once you start typing a command to only search the history for lines that start with what you've typed so far. It's quite handy and I find it easier to use than ctrl+r.

Johanna Rothman10/16/14
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Large Program? Release More Often

Look, the more people and teams on your program, the more feedback you need. The more chances you have for getting stuck, being in the death spiral of slowing inertia. What you want is to gain momentum.

Remy Sharp10/16/14
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What is a "Web App"?

A lot of people (including myself) will refer to many web sites as apps. But why? I don't know of a good definition. So here's my definition and distinction between web site and web app.

Mike Bushong10/16/14
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On choice-supportive bias and the need for paranoid optimism

Companies are not blind because the individuals are not talented; they are blind because there are powerful psychological dynamics at play that keep us all from seeing that which we must see the most.

Kin Lane10/16/14
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I Am Not Signing Any More NDAs

I just replied to a company who I really like, and trust, letting them know I won’t be signing any more NDAs. There are plenty of companies that I can exchange knowledge, research, data, and other vital information without signing NDAs.