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How Developers Can Stay Marketable

It’s a good time to be a software developer. The demand for software developers seems insatiable. There aren’t many other professions I can think of where potential employers and headhunters go out of their way to find YOU. Yet it happens all the time to myself and my...

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Where Does Microsoft Want to Go Today?

I’m a little worried about the future of Microsoft. This one story detailed how Delta Airlines, starting in early 2018, plans to replace all of their Windows smartphones and Microsoft Surface tablet devices with iPhones and iPads for their 23,000 flight attendant...

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You Ain’t Gonna Need It, Seriously

Ask any software developer what they detest the most about brownfield software projects, (projects that they inherited from a previous developer or set of developers, and not originally designed by the person inheriting the project), and it’s a safe bet they’ll say...

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The Application Security Gap

If you work in an office environment, tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re issued a computer for your everyday tasks. And on your first day of employment, you’re also issued a corporate e-mail address and a login ID. Your e-mail address is the official address that...

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The Time Estimate Myth

Anybody who’s done professional software programming for a living will have heard this a bazillion times by now, and for those programmers that are just entering the field, be prepared to hear this from every person you’ll eventually have to report. “How long is this...

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The Programming Language Obsession

It’s a good time to be a software developer.  It’s a set of very in-demand skills which many companies and employers are offering top dollar for (as well as additional company perks), to attract the best and brightest talent. If you’re a software developer with at...

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Cryptoheisting: Or Press ENTER to Continue

Butch Cassidy: What happened to the old bank? It was beautiful. Guard: People kept robbing it. Butch Cassidy: Small price to pay for beauty. -  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid One of my all-time favorite movies is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. Paul Newman...

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Why UI / UX Matters

Most of you have already read or heard about the recent false alarm incoming missile alert that happened in the Hawaiian island chain. In a nutshell, most residents and tourists with cellphones received an emergency SMS text message on their phones with the following...

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How Apple Future Proofed Themselves

Every year since 2007, Apple has launched their latest generation product of iPhones into the world. There’s always lots of pent-up demand and excitement from fans and the press, and gazillions of podcasts, videos and articles all speculating about what new gee-whiz...

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Software Developer vs. Software Engineer

I’ve noticed in a lot of my past writings, I use the term, “software developer” and “software engineer”, interchangeably, as if there’s really no difference between the two. But I stumbled across this article that begs to differ and contends there’s a HUGE difference...

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The Power of Prototyping

I recently wrapped up rewriting one of our team’s core business applications. It’s an important application for our customers. Just as important, it helps justify my headcount position within the team, as the revenue it generates ultimately funds my salary as well as...

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