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Design Your Agile Project, Part 5

This post is what you do when you are a program manager and not everyone knows what “agile” is, when you create a new product, when you are introducing that much cultural change? (In the book, I will talk more specifically about change and what to do. This post is the highlights.) Project management and program management are all about ...

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Ranges and slices

I guess we’ve all seen Dijkstra’s famous argument that a range of natural numbers should be expressed using an inclusive lower bound and exclusive upper bound, and that, as a corollary, arrays should be indexed from 0. It’s a thought provoking little nugget of reasoning, though it fails to contemplate several objections, including that:               ...

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10 Articles Every Programmer Must Read

Being a Java programmer and Software developer, I have learned a lot from articles titled as What Every Programmer Should Know about ….. , they tend to give a lot of useful and in-depth information about a particular topic, which otherwise is very hard to discover. In my quest of learning I have come across some very useful articles, which I ...

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Time to break free from the SQL-92 mindset

Are you stuck in the 90s? If you are only using the SQL-92 language reference, then you are overlooking so many great features like: window functions MERGE TRUNCATE INSTEAD OF triggers Some test data In my previous article I imported some CSV Codahale metrics into PostgreSQL for further analysis. Our time series data consists of a total request count and ...

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Can Open IoT Solve the Main IoT Challenges

Chris Murphy from InformationWeek has published a fascinating article about some of the challenges organizations face when trying to implement IoT solutions. The article focuses on Industrial IoT solutions and is based on interviews with GE, Union Pacific and others. I certainly recommend reading the article. I thought it might be interesting to look at each of the challenges presented in ...

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The future of Big Data is linked to Cloud

Data volumes are growing exponentially. Unstructured data from Twitter, LinkedIn, Mailling Lists, etc. has the potential to transform many industries if it could be combined with structured data. Machine learning, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, etc. everybody talks about them, hardly anybody is really using them at scale. Too many people when they talk about Big Data unfortunately start with ...

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Are You Running from Problems or Solving Them?

Back when I was a manager inside organizations, I had many days that looked like this: Meetings at 9am, 10am, 11am. Working meeting through lunch (noon-1pm) Meetings at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. I finally got a chance to check my email at 4pm. That’s when I discovered the world had blown up earlier in the day! (This is before cell phones. ...

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Okay, everybody who touches Java bytecode

The Oracle v. Google holds that copying the Structure, Sequence, and Organization of the Java APIs is a copyright violation. And a copyright violation is not just the act of copying, but also applies to all the intermediate parties that have a copy of the work. That’s anybody who writes/compiles any JVM language and anyone who has a JAR file ...

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Programming for Change

It has become cliché to say that the only constant in life is change, and most people accept it as a given. However, we often don’t take it to heart when we code. We prototype something together using “Magic Number” hard-coded values, we use a new library by making calls directly into its functionality, we cut-and-paste a function that does ...

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GIT Pull Requests Using GitHub

Old Habits We’ve been working with git for more than a year. The SCM was migrated from SVN, with all its history. Our habits were migrated as well. Our flow is (was) fairly simple: master branch is were we deploy our code from. When working on a feature, we create a feature branch. Several people can work on this branch. ...

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