Blast from the past—and still true today.

Someone sent me this link in response to a customer request, and I had to laugh. The situation itself isn’t funny, especially for the customer, but sometimes if you don’t laugh, you’ll ______. You fill in the blank. My colleague [name doesn’t really matter] frequently gets requests from customers for documentation that explicitly says that…

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The death of agile?

Mike’s got some great points about how agile goes wrong. I’ve seen them all. The skills and talents of individual programmers are the main determinant of software quality. No amount of management, methodology, or high-level architecture astronautism can compensate for a poor quality team. The motivation and empowerment of programmers has a direct and strong…

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Learning under fire. Is there any other way? =P

I’m one of those folks who prefers to test the depth of a river with both feet, and this learning mode from CodeAcademy appeals to me. Codecademy does a pretty good job, but one group of programmers wanted to make it a little more accessible. Enter CodeCombat, a browser-based game where your in-game actions are…

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Dinosaur engineering org structure is #dead. #yammer

This. Is. True. “People make the incorrect assumption that software engineering is writing code to a spec, but it’s not. The engineering decisions you make also matter a lot — and no one builds engineering organizations with this in mind.” Why Yammer Believes the Traditional Engineering Organizational Structure is Dead My experience in a rapidly…

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Alas, IE9, we knew ye well…

As we get to EOL for Windows XP, the transition to modern browsers should be well underway… Google Apps users will have to upgrade to either Internet Explorer 10 or 11 as Google moves away from supporting users on the older IE9. Google Apps Soon Ending Support for IE9 Users Google, at least, understands this,…

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Scary. But probably true.

Emphasis in the quote below is Jeff’s; I didn’t fiddle with the bold or italics. I just made it blue, because blue is good, right? Pretty soon, all programming will be web programming. If you don’t think that’s a cause for celebration for the average working programmer, then maybe you should find another profession. Coding…

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How high is your impulse buy threshold?

I think Jeff’s on to something: While there’s an odd aspect of race to the bottom that I’m not sure is entirely healthy for the iPhone app ecosystem, the idea that software should be priced low enough to pass the average user’s "why not" threshold is a powerful one. Coding Horror: Software Pricing: Are We…

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South Park mobile business model?

Microsoft Details How to Port iPhone Apps to Windows Mobile 1. Write an iPhone app. 2. … 3. Profit! Heh. I’ll read this later when the mobile app store opens and I come up with a killer mobile app to fund my retirement. Or I stop waiting for Windows 7 phones to street and take…

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Vista SP2 Compatibility Mode Builds Character... on Windows 7

The kids have gotten to the age where they’re pestering us to play Dungeons & Dragons with them. Well, my oldest son is and he’s dragging his sister along (kicking and screaming, metaphorically-speaking). Heh. Unfortunately, this isn’t his Grandpa’s D&D anymore (or his Dad’s). We didn’t have none o’ them crazy software gadgets when we…

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NTS: Always install the TFS Power Tools

Or you’ll wind up with: TF10139: The following check-in policies have not been satisfied. Internal error in Changeset Comments Policy Well, you will whenever somebody else installs them on the TFS server and enables the Changeset Comments Policy… See also: TF10139 Error when checking in files: Check in policy error when policies have been satified…

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