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Stupid Design Decisions (Part I)

Maybe you know the joke where a young software engineer goes into a bar, puts a green frog on top of the bar counter and the frog says: “Kiss me, I’m an enchanted princess.” ...
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How to deal with {conservative, intractable, annoying} APIs

Have you ever been fighting with an, at least for your current purpose, inflexible API? I picked up one of the trickier scenarios – calling super( … ) with parameters. Sometimes ...
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Book review: ‘Are you smart enough to work at Google?’

You need to toss a coin for a football match. The only coin you have is bent and biased towards one outcome. How do you use the coin and ensure a fair toss? I love a good a puzzle ...
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Estimating the Unknown: Dates or Budgets, Part 2

In Part 1, you had some knowledge of the team’s velocity. This is the option of when you do not have knowledge of the team’s velocity, because this team has not worked together ...
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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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