Category Archives: Optimization

Just like free money, for SQL server

I just discovered something today which got me very excited, like finding a $20 bill, laying on the ground.  It must be my lucky day! Each time a new (or upgraded) development tool or server product comes out, I like … Continue reading

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Scaling a project

I recently read an article from a local “expert” about scalability of a dev team. The author claimed that every project can only be completed by a team of 7-10 people. The size of the project didn’t matter to the … Continue reading

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Performance Testing – Do it / Don’t do it / It doesn’t matter

Performance testing is an awkward topic because it is usually very difficult to pin-down what you want / need. Honestly, everyone would really love it if every system could be blindingly fast.  I can’t tell you the number of projects … Continue reading

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Why your project needs to be reviewed

Imagine for a moment, that you have been handed a project that was done by somebody else? You look at it, and maybe the whole thing isn’t perfect *ehem*. I’m sure you’ve seen this before. Nearly every program that you … Continue reading

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Getting a program done sooner – Part 2 (the right way)

In part 1, I talked about the reasons that it is so hard to squeeze more work out of programmers and a few common approaches that yield bad results. Now, I’d like to talk about some better ways, that may … Continue reading

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Getting a program done sooner – Part 1 (the wrong way)

In my career, on more than one occasion, I have found myself in a situation where someone wanted me to complete my work sooner than expected.  In programming, most things just take some time.  It is okay to ask a … Continue reading

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Reserve fuel tank for a HDD

My motorcycle has a pretty cool feature. It has a reserve fuel tank. When the main fuel tank runs out, the engine sputters a little, and then switches to the reserve tank and a blinking logo appears on my dashboard. … Continue reading

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