“Software is eating the world.” I seem to be hearing and seeing that expression all over the internet lately, that it’s almost sounding like meme nowadays. But it also happens to be true. Can you think of a single type of company or organization in existence today...read more
One of my coworkers remarked recently that software engineers have an overengineering problem. What did he mean -- and how common is this problem? Let's look at what over-engineering is and why it's a problem with a real-world example we're all familiar with. What...read more
Psst, hey I got a little programmer secret.... Ready? I think most programmers will agree that testing your code, at least in theory, is a good idea. After all, we’ve seen the public consequences of software code that hasn’t been tested enough. The recent “heartbleed...read more
For any of you science fiction buffs out there, probably one of the oldest plots out there is the sentient computer or robot running amok. The HAL-9000 supercomputer from “2001: A Space Odyssey”, brags in an interview with the BBC that he is perfect and incapable of...read more
Most software engineers will, sooner or later, learn about design patterns. Or at the very least, hear wind that design patterns are an important arsenal in a software engineer's toolbox. A design pattern isn't really something tangible you can pluck off a store...read more
When I was a kid, one of my favorite authors was Isaac Asimov. He is most famous for his science fiction stories about robotics and machines that could think for themselves. I still clearly remember one of his stories that still haunts me to this day. It was titled...read more
Artists work with imagery and pictures. Singers work with music and songs. Writers and poets work with the arrangement of words. Software developers work with the arrangement of computer code. That’s what we software developers deal with in our day to day activities....read more
When you’ve been around the “software programming block” for a while, you can almost telepathically understand the motivation behind certain programming constructs and tools. In particular, the concept of serialization and deserialization. In a nutshell, it’s a way to...read more
On March 15, the ProFocus team had the privilege of hosting a Leaders Lunch for Portland-based software development managers. Moderated by John Boone, President of ProFocus Technology, our roundtable discussion focused on Continuous Integration and Continuous...read more
As technology continues to dominate all aspects of our life, there is a new growing concern. The age of automation. Having been a software developer for a good number of years, I am well aware of the power of technology automation. If there is one thing a computer...read more
The world runs on advertising. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I’m no historian, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people posted little “help wanted” or “chain mail suit for sale (almost brand new!)” type classified ads on the sides of buildings, all the way back in the...read more
I came across this interesting article about how easily software code can transform from the cleanest, slickest code this side of codemonkey Shangri-La, into a giant mess of spaghetti code that becomes a nightmare for the poor code monkey who has to inherit it and...read more
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