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July, 2008

July 31, 2008  8:00 AM

Software Testing, Development and Music

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I read with intense interest the "From the Editor" post entitled "Software testing lessons from music" on...

July 30, 2008  5:00 PM

Top 5 Characteristics of an effective IT professional

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Staying with my recent top 5 theme  here is my list of most desireable characteristics for an effective IT professional:

  1. Patience, patience and more patience - IT can be stressful, fun, challenging and a whole lot of other things!  Having an overflowing...

July 30, 2008  2:00 PM

Top 5 Reasons I Hate IT

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After what seemed like a sleepless night I woke up in early morning thinking about my reasons for being involved in IT and what it means to me.  As with so many professions, I have discovered I have a "love / hate" relationship with IT.  Heres my top 5 list of why I hate...

July 30, 2008  1:06 PM

Top 5 Reasons I Love IT

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I love my work!  I have always loved my work, although it hasn't always been in IT.  When I came into IT it was with a wealth of experience in business and entrepreneurship, with successes as well as failures.  Here is my list of the top 5 reasons I love IT!

  1. It is constantly...

July 30, 2008  1:15 AM

Character Based Applications – Is it time to Update?

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I am still amazed at the number of character-based applications which I see in use through any given week.  Many of these applications I know have been around since the early 80's, I know this because I continue to support a couple of them.  Many companies have been slow to get away from their...

July 28, 2008  1:24 PM

Sometimes the Obvious is Missing

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We developers need input from our users! This became very clear to me once again last week when I received an unexpected request from a user to add a simple lookup function to a field in their order entry program which has been in use (...and regularly enhanced) for over 5 years.  When I first...

July 19, 2008  7:28 PM

Choosing the Best Application Design Approach

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Sometimes it isn't clear when designing a new application just which of a multitude of possible approaches to the design represents the "best" approach.  Sometimes it may not just be the application design itself, but also choosing the "right" tool to accomplish the task(s) to be executed. ...

July 11, 2008  9:23 PM

The Business Process — How Does It Get Complicated?

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I wonder how many of the business processes which a company develops over time from its early days as a very small company to a larger organization become overly complex.  Of those processes, I also wonder just how many of them are the result of new demands on the process simply as the result of...

July 10, 2008  9:00 AM

Is this Green IT?

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I must be getting cynical in my old age -- or maybe just cynical when it comes to marketing!  Either way, I just have to say something about the advertisement I recently saw saying to "Make Your Company Greener" by hosting your server with them.  Actually the idea is very catchy (Hey -- it caught...

July 9, 2008  7:50 AM

Information Silos and Other Images

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Images of the "Information Silo", the "Data Warehouse", "Data Management" and "Business Intelligence" could undoubtedly conjur up humorous images for the graphically or artistically endowed technologist.  Traveling through farmland as I often do, I often see the farm silos and chuckle to myself...

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