Custom Application Development:

May, 2008

May 31, 2008  6:00 AM

Small Business Application Development and Use Cases

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While there is no shortage of writing available on the internet or in software development textbooks regarding the various software development methodologies available, I find that the great majority of it is really geared toward managing large projects for large companies.  Since I develop for...

May 30, 2008  10:27 AM

Robotic Arm Programming, Mars and Agile Methods?

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I read with great interest an article about the recently successful Mars Lander "NASA: Robotic arm key to finding life on Mars"  In particular what caught my...

May 30, 2008  2:42 AM

Developer Responsibility, Ethics and Attitude

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I have heard too many stories in my years as a developer, of clients being taken advantage of by either inept developers or downright unethical schemes used to enrich the pockets of the developer.  I remember being shocked when a developer I met with talked about his clients only in the sense of...

May 29, 2008  2:04 AM

The Half-Life of New Technology

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The concept of half-life has always intrigued me, particularly so when I was introduced to the idea of the half-life of material possessions.  Wikipedia states "The half-life of a quantity whose value decreases with time is the interval required for the quantity to decay to half of its original...

May 28, 2008  1:46 AM

Thoughts on Agile Methods

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I ran into an article published back in January 2007 entitled "We are all Agilists now", written by Matt Stephens.   As an independent developer since reading about Agile methods I've always been interested in the whole...

May 26, 2008  1:24 AM

Holiday Weekend Work and the Independent Developer

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It seems I've often found myself in the position where a project I was working on required a concentrated effort on my part during a holiday weekend, and this Memorial Day weekend is no exception for me.  A long weekend is actually a time when I really do prefer to work with...

May 24, 2008  1:55 PM

IT, Application Development and Life

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WOW!  What a ride it's been!  For most people in the USA this weekend is a holiday weekend -- but then there are those others of us for whom it is another holiday weekend where we get to work while others have their family cookouts and first weekends at the summer home or otherwise celebrate. ...

May 12, 2008  8:42 PM

Thoughts on the Career Software Developer and IT

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Ron Richards in his post "The career software developer..." alludes to the observation that " is not surprising to discover that there are more people scoping, managing, testing and supporting the work of software developers than there are software developers."  I would have to say that I...

May 10, 2008  5:47 PM

Are Users Really “Trainable”? Should they Need Training?

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I have developed a reputation around the way I work with users that I am "training" and who display various levels of skill (or non-skill) with their computer system.  From executive levels to the warehouse user my reputation for telling a new user something like "...see - I told you you...

May 7, 2008  12:03 PM

Technology Sales Styles

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A recent article that I saw in a Computerworld email caught my eye and my interest.  The article "The six most infuriating tech sales styles" had me salivating at the...

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