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Tim Murphy10/30/13
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Getting Requirements Right

I had a meeting with a stakeholder who stated “I bet you wish I wasn’t in these meetings”. My reply was that it would be much worse if she came in at the end of the project and told us we had just built the wrong solution.

Venkatesh Kris...10/30/13
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The Story of Agile and the Band-Aid

I have stepped into my 12th year of practicing Agile methods. Even now, organizations are looking at Agile as a silver bullet without fixing the root causes. The issue is that Agile was born mostly to banish the problems coming out of the Waterfall model.

Alec Noller10/30/13
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Automatic Dogfooding: Gradle and DeployGate for Android Apps

This recent blog post provides a tutorial on using DeployGate (and its Gradle Plugin) to automate the dogfooding process for Android apps. If you've had the experience of manually loading your app on people's devices for testing, it's easy enough to imagine how tiresome that can become.

Kristina Chodorow10/30/13
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The Joy of Programming

Last weekend I volunteered at Black Girls Code, an organization that encourages black girls to enter STEM fields. I was a teaching assistant for the “Build a Webpage in a Day” workshop. The problem is, HTML isn’t very interesting. If I had to redesign this, I would have started with JavaScript

Steven Lott10/30/13
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A Very Silly Question: When to choose Python over Java and vice versa?

The correct answer is: It doesn't datter. In spite of this, (A) The question gets asked. And worse, (B) it gets answered. And people take their answers seriously. As if there are Profound Differences among programming languages.

Markus Eisele10/30/13
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JavaLand 2014 - CfP Statistics And Answers To Common Questions

You probably have heard about the new upcoming Java centered conference in Germany next year. JavaLand 2014 will open its gates for two days

Dustin Marx10/30/13
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Too Many Parameters in Java Methods, Part 8: Tooling

In this eighth post in the series, I look at tools that help identify cases where too many parameters may exist and tools that help deal with that when it occurs.

Mark Needham10/30/13
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Neo4j 2.0: Labels, Indexes, and the Like

Recently, the author did a couple of talks about modeling with Neo4j, and there were a few questions about how indexing works with labels that are being introduced in Neo4j 2.0. As well as defining properties on nodes, we can also assign them a label which can be used to categorize different groups of nodes.

Alec Noller10/30/13
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AskDZ: What's Your Side Project?

If you've been working on a personal/side project that you're excited about, we want to hear about it. Leave a comment and tell us about your side project: What is it, and how long have you been working on it, and why is it so exciting?

Arthur Charpentier10/30/13
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Freakonometrics 'Somewhere Else' Stats Links pt. 85

“Mark Hansen to journalists: ‘You have to get your hands dirty. You have to write some code' - "Don’t get me wrong, however, I don’t want to overly fetishize the task of coding, but in part, knowing to code makes you better able to think about and work with digital technology."

Paul Underwood10/30/13
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Massive Adoption for New WordPress 3.7 "Basie" Release

An easier, automated Wordpress updating system has led to the best rates yet for the latest version's adoption. Here are all the great new features...

James Sugrue10/30/13
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Thursday Code Puzzler: Change Calculator

Todays challenge is to write a method that will calculate all the different permutations of coins that can be given as change.

Chris Haddad10/29/13
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Reducing Integration Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

If you run IBM WebSphere ESB or Oracle SOA Suite, you can reduce your Integration Total Cost of Ownership by choosing an alternative with a significantly better value proposition. Red Hat Fuse or WSO2 ESB will save your project sponsor millions of dollars over a three year period.

Mitch Pronschinske10/29/13
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SDN Explained Through the Analogy of Maps, Routes, and GPS

Sure it's a little over-simplified... almost all analogies are. But I think Juniper's David Noguer Bau makes a helpful metaphor for how today's networks work and how the software-defined networks of tomorrow will work.

Jakub Holý10/29/13
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My Highlights From EuroClojure 2013

EuroClojure 2013 was a nice, small conference. The talks were mostly interesting and often useful and it was wonderful to meet in reality people I only knew from the virtual life or from stories.