Doing Things Quickly

At virtually every job I’ve ever had, managers want my tasks done quickly. Yesterday, usually. The faster the better. Sure they pay lip service to making sure that it’s done correctly, but...

Career Strategy

I asked my brother (CTO, Crew) what he thought of my last post, about competitive advantage. He said it was ‘dense’ and asked if I had run it against a program that calculates the grade le...

Competitive Advantage for Developers

Do the tenets of competitive advantage for companies also apply to software developers? Is there anything about competitive advantage that we as the builders of software can learn to assist with our o...

On Casting

As programming students, we are taught how to cast types as rote. In none of my courses was I ever taught that casting was necessarily a bad thing. In fact, C++ even has several keywords just for cast...

Expressiveness

I was thinking the other day about magic numbers. I’m sure you’ve come across them. In fact, I’m pretty sure you’ve created them! Everyone who programs has. It might be a value...

The Path of the Item is Not Valid

I came across this error today while deploying some SSRS reports to a server using the SSDT BI component for Visual Studio. The path of the item ‘/DataSources//Database’ is not valid. The ...

Learning to Delegate

Learning to delegate is one of those things that you don’t really need to do much at the beginning of your career. And since it’s not (rarely?) taught in school, it’s something you l...

Anecdote: Building on a Bug

I spent much of the past few days fixing a bug in some database access code that I wrote last year. Up until now, that code had caused very few problems, and I was quite proud of it. (I still am, in s...

Software Development Community

At my workplace, zedIT, our development team has been holding a quarterly half-day seminar session for the past few years. It’s an opportunity for us to get together and talk about what we are d...

Code Reviews

Last night I had a dream that I was performing a code review for someone. Keep in mind that browsers like Chrome, Firefox and others use an integer to represent this, but Internet Explorer and a brows...