Tag Archives: best practices

Tech debt, rewriting the whole thing

If you’ve ever looked at a messy program, you might think “we should just rewrite this. It would take less time than fixing this mess”. The logic on it seems flawless, right. You are awesome and your ninja moves are … Continue reading

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Performance Testing – 201

In my career, I’ve done a few performance studies. (more than just a few). (I’m trying to be humble, but it’s not working). (Sorry). I’ve had some good mentors along the way, and I’ve done a lot of studying to … Continue reading

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Why your web server needs a data mart

The other day, I had a fun discussion with a colleague. We talked about data marts. Just in case you are not familiar with the term, let me take a moment to describe the concept. A data mart is basically … Continue reading

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If someone asks you to use [StupidTechnologyDujour]

I had a fun conversation with a peer today. He asked me what I would say if a boss or peer wanted to use [Stupid-Technology-Dujour] (replace with technology of your choice). I know he was asking a rhetorical question, but … Continue reading

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Metal detector, for needles-in-a-haystack

A few weeks back, I had some good advice for someone on stack overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/49817985/htmlagilitypack-exception-has-been-thrown-when-used-in-deployed-ssis-package?noredirect=1#comment86732223_49817985 The guy was stuck with a bug and couldn’t figure it out. Sometimes, you can’t get any help on Stack Overflow because people are like “can we … Continue reading

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Grave naming

I just heard a new one today.  On the topic of “software development and coding standards” have you ever heard of “Grave Naming”? I guess it refers to the practice of standardizing specific domain (value) names across development layers.  (…from … Continue reading

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Showing Initiative vs Being a Cowboy

A few weeks ago, I fixed a bug without being asked to do so. Shortly afterwards, I was asked “Why did you fix that bug? Who told you to do it?”  The question arrived in email, so I couldn’t be … Continue reading

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