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How to win or fail when writing software: A car analogy


I realized a common analogy would be a useful tool to help non-engineers and non-developers… why not a car? A modern vehicle is a feat of engineering. Rolling down the highway at 70mph means all sorts of vibrations and harmful oscillations must be damped out to prevent the vehicle from destroying itself. Modern vehicles like my truck actually have a ...

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Introduction to Strong Cryptography


One thing that amazes me is that the most developers are not familiar with strong cryptography. In my career, I’ve seen all sort of mistakes that lead to leaked data, guessable passwords, unfortunate disclosures, and worse. The nice thing is, you don’t have to understand the ridiculously complex math behind the algorithms, you only have to know the rules for ...

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How to solve production problems


At my job, I’m finding that a large percentage of the questions that come to my desk are “Hey this thing you did is broken” or “Hey, this thing you worked with is on the fritz.” 99% of the time, I’d have no idea why the behavior they were asking about was occurring! However, I think I’ve got a great ...

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Hate Java? You’re fighting the wrong battle.


One of the most interesting trends I’ve seen lately is the unpopularity of Java around blogs, DZone and others. It seems some people are even offended, some even on a personal level, by suggesting the Java is superior in any way to their favorite web 2.0 language. Java has been widely successful for a number of reasons: It’s widely accepted ...

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