Programming problems and a method for solving them

Programming problems and a method for solving them

Jun 18

One of the things I’ve noticed about junior programmers is that they often feel overwhelmed by the programming problems thrown at them. This could very well be a situation of my own making I suppose, since I’m a big fan of throwing junior programmers into the deep end. Admittedly, it may, possibly, not always be the best way to learn for everybody but I’ve watched many beginners...

Programmer's Creed: The Mark of Quality

Programmer's Creed: The Mark of Quality

Jun 17

I was floating around the intartoobz when I came across this pearl of wisdom. I think that following these 4 prime laws will most certainly increase the quality of software. I would venture though, that, in the event of the quality assurance manager being of the male persuasion, that the head in option 4 be replaced by something more important. The Programmers Creed: I will not begin the design...

The programmer and the SDLC

The programmer and the SDLC

Jun 16

The SDLC as it happens in the real world: Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free. Product is tested. 20 bugs are found. Programmer fixes 10 of the bugs and explains to the testing department that the other 10 aren’t really bugs. Testing department finds that five of the fixes didn’t work and discovers 15 new bugs. Repeat three times steps 3 and 4. Due to marketing pressure and an...

Another Apple falls from the feature tree

Another Apple falls from the feature tree

Jun 16

So, about that iPhone 4. What can I say about that… Ok, how about we start by discussing the new ‘wow’ features of the fourth generation of the worlds most amazing device. I’m not going to wax lyrical about how OK version one was and how excellent version two was and the fine tradition of quality that this new device continues to uphold. So what wonderful new features have...

Doing everything with nothing

Doing everything with nothing

Jun 15

“We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, have done so much with so little for so long, that now we are qualified to do everything with nothing.” – Harold Jones, Maryland National Bank, 1978 I love that quote (the Mr. Harold Jones version…), it reminds me so much of my early… well, OK, pretty much entire career in software development. I have always had to make do...