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Funny Computer Programming Quotes

I came across a collection of great computer programming quotes at devtopics which is hilarious. My top picks are as follows: “If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution.” (Robert Sewell) “C++ : Where friends have access to your private members.” (Gavin Russell Baker) “If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting ...

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Introducing new technologies – How to battle resistance

Previously I had posted about the sad drudgery developers often have to deal with in large companies. I’ve decided to follow up that post due to two epic milestones the past week: taking RabbitMQ live within the company and getting github blessed by legal and infrastructure for internal use. My previous post was a rant in response to port 22 ...

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What to do with IDE project files

Each IDE generates its specific project/config/build files. Eclipse generates .project and .classpath, and also the .settings directory. IntelliJ IDEA has its .iml files. And it is always a question what to do with these files in terms of source control management (SVN, CVS, git, etc). The generally accepted practice is to add them to the SCM ignore list (svn:ignore for ...

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Are frameworks making developers dumb?

Last week I got to take interviews to hire senior java developers with around 5 years of experience. But after the interview process is over I felt like the frameworks makes developers life easier but at the same time making them dumb. Everyone puts almost all the new frameworks on their resume claiming they have “Strong, working experience on Spring, ...

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Atlassian JIRA v.4.4 Released

Few days ago Atlassian released a brand new version of its flagship issue and project tracking software: JIRA v. 4.4. Even though it’s a “minor” upgrade it introduces a bunch of great new features, both for users, project administrators and JIRA administrators. Installation Installing and upgrading JIRA standalone has always been easy but the new installer and configuration wizard really ...

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Selling Yourself: Why? and How!

I know many good developers who are under the impression that they either don’t have to sell themselves, or selling themselves is wrong, but is that really true? First let me clarify by defining what I mean by “selling yourself”. I don’t mean “selling out”, I mean marketing yourself, what you’re doing and what your skills are. Especially to your ...

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Java Tools: Source Code Optimization and Analysis

Below is a list of some tools that can help you examine your Java source code for potential problems: 1. PMD from http://pmd.sourceforge.net/ License: PMD is licensed under a “BSD-style” license PMD scans Java source code and looks for potential problems like: * Possible bugs – empty try/catch/finally/switch statements * Dead code – unused local variables, parameters and private methods ...

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Software Estimation is not a Black Art

Construx Software is one of the few companies that take the problems of estimation in software development seriously. Earlier this year I attended Steve McConnell’s Software Estimation in Depth course based on his book Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art. Two days reviewing factors in estimation and the causes of errors in estimating, the differences between estimates and targets and ...

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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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