Posts Tagged ‘General Industry’

  • Caution: New Mac User

    on Nov 23, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 5 Comments

    Caution: New Mac User

    With our latest product release, we have ventured into the world of Apple. Yup, our product is now officially supported on the Mac. I think I can safely say that this was not something on our roadmap a few years ago, but we recognized the trends, and now have this offering for our customers. With this support, it was determined that we needed a few more Macs in the organization, the Product Management team included. Now, I’m not sure I stepped forward, or everyone else stepped back (except me), but I ended up being the

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  • How developers (eventually) get what they want

    on Oct 12, 10 • by Mike Laginski • with 3 Comments

    It started with the iPod and slowly but systematically gained momentum. A few years ago, I asked a developer-friend how he decides whether he’ll buy a dev tool or not. He responded somewhat tongue in cheek with, “I will download the tool, play with it and then decide if I would rather spend my money on the latest iPod or the dev tool.” Maybe this is a bit of an edge case, but it speaks to the thought process that goes into the individual developer’s personal workspace design. For anyone who thinks it’s not all

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  • Recruiting software developers remotely: a cautionary tale… (part one)

    on Sep 16, 10 • by Carolyn Perkins • with 1 Comment

    Recruiting software developers remotely: a cautionary tale… (part one)

      There have been a number of stories about internet dating gone bad lately.  One regularly hears stories about how people misrepresent themselves on dating websites; use old pictures, or even someone else’s pictures to lure unsuspecting love interests in. These type of experiences are not limited to those seeking love…it also happens to those seeking a job, or those seeking an employee.  Technology is a wonderful thing but should never be used in place of the good old face to face meeting that must happen in the recruiting process (and in the love match

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  • How developers communicate. Not (using social media)!

    on Jun 8, 10 • by Eric Hollebone • with 1 Comment

    How developers communicate. Not (using social media)!

    So a while back, I explored where developers get their information.  Surprisingly, it is hard to find hard data on the subject.  As a bonus from a Forrester study commissioned by Klocwork into the habits of code review, part of  the data revealed developers’ use of social media tools.  When asked directly about their use of these tools to communicate with other developers, the majority polled would not choose a social media channel. It just goes to show that yet again, software developers are a breed apart.  As an aside, as I was researching this topic, I found

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  • Why don’t developers want the latest toys?

    on May 25, 10 • by Gwyn Fisher • with 2 Comments

    There’s a tradition in R&D management that goes something like this: “give them toys and they’ll be happy.” Typically this has meant the biggest monitors, or the fastest CPUs, or an egregiously unnecessary SLI GPU configuration (for, ahem, high capacity computation tasks, right…), or whatever the latest piece of hardware might be that catches the purchasing manager’s eye. But what about the software on that hardware? Sure, we equip people with an IDE (if they’ll use it, or whatever text editor they demand if they won’t) and whatever other tools are mandated as part of

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  • Agile Adoption: An Update

    on Feb 18, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Agile Adoption: An Update

    So awhile back, I was begging for some good statistics on Agile adoption, since at that time, there really wasn’t anything substantial to sink your teeth into. Well, a new report from Forrester came across my desk, and it helped to strengthen what most people believe…that Agile processes have overtaken Waterfall as the development methodology of choice. In this report, which cites information gathered from a Q3 2009 survey of IT professionals, it states that 35% of respondents said that Agile most closely reflected their development process, while waterfall processes came in at 13%.

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  • Languages and the theocracy of programming

    on Apr 7, 09 • by Gwyn Fisher • with No Comments

    Just returned from ESC San Jose, where I spent a very enjoyable few days surrounded by the “real men” of the programming world. Forget your managed language environments, forget abstractions or object oriented fantasies of design, forget processes like Agile, these guys spend their days down at board level working in assembler and occasionally sticking their heads up into the rarified world of C (but only, you know, for stuff that doesn’t really matter…). Hell, most of the time the hardware they’re programming is custom built just for that project, sans O/S because, you know,

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