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Estimating the Unknown: Dates or Budgets, Part 1

Almost every manager I know wants to know when a project will be done. Some managers decree when a project will be done. Some managers think they can decree both the date and the feature ...
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The disastrous impact of IT Outsourcing to the Motivation and Results of Software Developers

IT Outsourcing (or the transfer of business functions to an external service provider) is a common practice in almost all big companies and a standard tool in top management consulting. ...
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The Developer/Non-Developer Impedance Mismatch

Most software developers have probably heard of and even had experiences with the object-relational impedance mismatch (often addressed with ORM tools), the object-XML impedance mismatch ...
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Software Development Metrics that Matter

As an industry we do a surprisingly poor job of measuring the work that we do and how well we do it. Outside of a relatively small number of organizations which bought into expensive ...
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MapReduce Questions and Answers Part 2

4 Inverting Indexing for Text Retrieval The chapter contains a lot of details about integer numbers encoding and compression. Since these topics are not directly about MapReduce, ...
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MapReduce Questions and Answers Part 1

With all the hype and buzz surrounding NoSQL, I decided to have a look at it. I quickly found that there is not one NoSQL I could learn. Rather, there are various different solutions ...
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5′ on IT-Architecture: three laws of good software architecture

The issue with architectural decisions is that they effect the whole system and/or you often need to make them early in the development process. It means a lot effort if you change ...
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Code comments gone wrong

Adding code comments is supposed to be good practice, but here is why it often fails:Code is the single authoritative source of truth in a program! There is no way to ensure that ...
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Top 7 Programmers bad habits

1. The All code is crap, except mine, attitude. I have bad news for you buddy, all code is crap. No matter how much effort you put on it, there is always a majority of programmers who ...
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Code Forensics

How do you know if using code metrics really does help to produce code with fewer bugs. I am convinced they do, but how can I possibly prove it?All projects ...
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