Category Archives: Development (General)

Evaluated Node.js, moving 100% to JavaScript – am backing off for a while

It has been fun. Following a month ramping-up on JavaScript, AngularJS, Node.js and Git conclusions are: AngularJS looks great Hold off on Node Keep JavaScript close, but not a best buddy JavaScript transcompilers are promising Git is really easy to … Continue reading

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Technology Fragmentation is a Project Killer

Project failure is very real Standish Group research shows ‘Of 3,555 projects from 2003 to 2012 that had labor costs of at least $10 million, only 6.4% were successful‘. 41% were total failures and the rest vastly over-budget, did not meet … Continue reading

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10x Developers and 10x Projects

In addition to Scott’s and many, many other 10x Developer posts here is an opinion from someone labeled ‘hyper-productive’ on most projects during the past twenty years. Key Points 10x is a zone we enter at times, it cannot be sustained 10x … Continue reading

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Productivity distribution is not Gaussian, closer to Pareto

Productivity Distribution within an IT Team For decades we have been taught that productivity is a Gaussian Distribution (bell-curve) with most team members contributing about average performance: A recent article in the journal of Personnel Psychology caught my eye. It argues … Continue reading

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Filter log4net to a single thread using Notepad++

Over the years I’ve Googled and Googled for a solution to this. Heck I even tried Bing! Finally time + an urgent need permitted figuring out a simple solution. To filter down to one thread using Notepad++: Copy the angle … Continue reading

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TeamCity Release Build sgen.exe gotcha

TeamCity is great, I had it up and running with Automated Tests in just minutes. But.. attempting to make a Release Build generated the following error. Googling shows many people have the same error and I only found ugly solutions … Continue reading

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Reflections on five years NUnit experience

It has been five years since I first used NUnit and have used it with great success on almost every project since then. This post briefly reflects the pros and cons of Automated Developer Testing I experienced. . Zero Defects … Continue reading

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No Brainer laptop upgrade: 7200 rpm HD

Are you frustrated with speed of your its-not-even-one-darn-year-old laptop? You have probably already spent $150+ putting a gig or two of DDR memory in the 32 bit dinosaur.. I had and my 2.8GHz Hyperthreaded P4 was still a dog. Did … Continue reading

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Free Tools from SysInternals: Watch your File System, Registry and more

There are some great free tools over at http://www.sysinternals.com/. Get them now before someone like Computer Associates buys the company and starts charging for them. Personally, one tool in particular called ‘FileMon’ helped solve a tricky file locking problem on … Continue reading

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