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Roles in the IT World

The following comic is a matrix, each entry is how one kind of employee views another. Description : Product managers view themselves as orchestra conductors. Site reliability Engineers view the product managers as a person asking for a space shuttle launch. Software engineers view the product manager as a person sitting in front of a computer, checking and responding to ...

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Funny Source Code Comments

I recently stumbled upon an awesome Stack Overflow thread, entitled “What is the best comment in source code you have ever encountered?”. As you might have guessed, it is a collection of funny source code comments, provided by developers all over the world. Take a look at it, it could definitely make your day. I am reposting here my personal ...

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

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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Developing and Testing in the Cloud

There’s a lot of hype around “the Cloud” and what it can do. One of the things that I am interested in is Cloud solutions that can help small software companies, and especially to kickstart software startups. Good tools that development teams can take advantage of to build and test their own stuff, without all of the hassle and expense ...

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Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors – 2011

The Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) is a community developed dictionary for software weaknesses. It provides a unified, measurable set of software weaknesses that is enabling more effective discussion, description, selection, and use of software security tools and services that can find these weaknesses in source code and operational systems as well as better understanding and management of software weaknesses related ...

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Failure Isolation and Recovery: Learning from High-Scale and Extreme-Scale Computing

While I have been building business-critical enterprise systems for a long time, I haven’t worked on high-scale cloud computing or Internet-scale architectures, with tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of servers. There are some fascinating, hard problems that need to be solved in engineering systems at high-scale, but the most interesting to me are problems in deployment and operations ...

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Lessons in Software Reliability

What does it take to build reliable and stable enterprise software? First, stop writing lousy code It’s unfortunate that few developers are familiar with The MITRE Corporation’s Common Weakness Enumeration list of common software problems. The CWE is a fascinating and valuable resource, not just to the software security community, but to the broader development community. Reading through the CWE, ...

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Not doing Code Reviews? What’s your excuse?

All of us have known for a long time that code reviews find defects, and that reviews are cheaper and can be more effective than most kinds of testing. In Code Complete, Steve McConnell builds an overwhelming case for code reviews: disciplined code inspections can find between 45%-70% of all defects in code, while even fast, informal reviews can find ...

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