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The Pragmatic Programmer – Review / Summary Notes.

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I recently finished The Pragmatic Programmer, to be completely honest this had been the 3rd attempt to read it, although the book is good and well worth the read, I had unfortunetly learnt most of the lessons the hard way on my own over the last decade or so of being a software developer, so I found often myself easily ...

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The top 9+7 things every programmer or architect should know

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I recently finished 97 Things every programmer should know. Well to be completely honest I did skim over a couple of the 97, but all and all this was a very nice compilation of thoughts and topics about software development from very experienced authors. Well worth a read. A couple of the “97 Things” discussed, stood out more than the ...

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Java Compression

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In a recent project, we had to do something I had personally never really had to look at; Compression. We needed to take a couple files and images, zip them up and make them available for FTP, and yes somedays it does feel like we are back in the 90’s. Besides the FTP trip into the past its was good ...

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The simple Big-O Notation Post

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Our JCG partner Brian Du Preez has posted an explanatory article on his blog, Zen in the art of IT, concerning the Big-O notation. The Big-O notation is used for describing algorithm performance, scalability, execution and complexity factors. Understanding what the Big-O notation stands for is essential for every developer who wants to write performant, robust and scalable code. Lets see what he has to say … ...

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Design Patterns in the JDK

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Brian Du Preez, our JCG partner from Zen in the art of IT has made a very fine job of collecting the most common design patterns found in the JDK. The pattern list is indeed impressive and long, so let us babble no more and present it to you. I saw an article (well more of a rant) the other day, by ...

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Selecting a new programming language to learn

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Looking to start learning a programming language besides Java? Our JCG partner Brian Du Preez from Zen in the art of IT provides a relatively extensive analysis on the factors one should take into account when facing the “what’s beyond Java” question! Let’s see what he has to say: (NOTE: The original post has been slightly edited to improve readability) I have been ...

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9 Tips on Surviving the Wild West Development Process

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This is a post originally published by our latest JCG partner, Brian Du Preez from the Zen in the art of IT, who we are really thrilled to have on-board. Bryan talks about Surviving the Wild West Development Process, a quite unorthodox, yet common development process. Let’ hear his suggestions on how to survive on such an environment. (NOTE: The ...

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