Not all projects are as structured as they should be. Having multiple projects means some lack the attention they need. Some of these projects can stall if it becomes unclear what or who we are waiting for. I have learned that there is a quick way to get out of this situation: Continue reading
On the way back to the office from a meeting, a colleague and I were talking about a presentation we had given just a few weeks before at a high school close by. We had been invited by VHTO, an organization that aims to stimulate women’s implication in technical sectors, like ICT. We went over there to share with a bunch of 13 and 14 year old girls just what it is like to work in IT.
When I was a little kid my parents often took my little brother and I to a sand quarry to play or pick berries; later, when I was in my early teens, we spent summer holidays near an active drifting sand plain. These places looked huge then; a trek across the sand felt like an expedition into unknown territory, the slopes of the quarry looked like enormous cliffs…
Around the same time, I started programming. First in MSX Basic, then in Z80 assembly. This was a magic time of discovery, having a machine printing out text to you, drawing images and animations, and making sounds (and combining those to devise an intruder alarm for your room, scaring mom!). It gave me a feeling of great accomplishment.
Many applications make use of user management and user authentication. It is a commonly used and understood aspect, but I think we are doing it wrong.
Before structured educational systems, back in the days and probably still so at many places, parents taught their children the craftsmanship skills that they acquired from their parents. The kids helped their parent with cleaning up, later on, sanding woodwork, making small parts and at the end creating works of art themselves. Guess its a rewarding task to teach your children about something that you love doing yourself and will help them in later life. Continue reading
This is just a short blog to draw your attention to the latest edition of Thoughtworks’ Technology Radar.
For those new to it, the radar is Thoughtworks’ quarterly opinion on noteworthy things happening in IT engineering. These are put into four categories (Techniques, Languages & Frameworks, Tools and Platforms) and visually presented in a kind of radar display. Background information and additional explanations can be found on Martin Fowler‘s blog.
It’s quite interesting to watch for new blips, or to see old blips fade or brighten. And I find it pretty cool if a new technology or tool that I’ve just learned about or played with makes it on their radar.
But remember: it’s just Thoughtworks’ opinion… you are allowed to disagree.
Maybe we should attempt to create a radar of our own and then compare. Would be fun!
Atlassian is aligning its licensing scheme for Confluence with the one for Jira. Jira Enterprise was introduced February 2012, adding support for large enterprises to the standard Jira offering. Now Confluence is also available in an enterprise license, adding 24×7 personalized support and more to Confluence. This new offering will change the pricing of Confluence drastically. So now is the time to upgrade your Confluence license to have another year of support and updates for legacy prices!
As developers we always work towards the best possible experience for the end-user. Performance is a very important part of that experience. So to insure the performance is up to par, we run countless tests measuring TPS (Transactions Per Second). Because of this, I’ve developed a certain affinity with the whole concept of events per second…
So when I stumbled upon an Apple press release a little while ago and it stated that they sold 46.9 million iOS devices in the 2nd quarter of 2012 alone, it incited me to do some math…