Sometimes your inadequacies hit you over your head. I got a call on my cell phone about 4:00 today. The developer on the other end asked if there was anything for him to do. I had to answer no, and I’m fighting so many fires I don’t have time to stop and help him figure [...]
Once again this development anti-pattern reared up and bit me. I lost the good part of an afternoon because I didn’t get around to insisting that every project be build-able from it’s ant build script in any environment.
The problem all started at lunchtime. Pretty much my entire development team is in some sort of [...]
We’re running a training course on RAD 6.0, IBM’s Eclipse 3.0 based IDE. I still can’t bring myself to install it, but since we have to use it for some portal and BPEL functions we figured it made some sense to get some baseline training for the developers.
The trainer seems to be pretty good, [...]
I’ve heard the spiel about turning down bad clients from professional services firms I’ve worked for, but I’ve never seen it actually happen. I came across a post from a ThoughtWorker where they actually walked away from a paying client that was ignoring their advice and forcing them to work in a waterfall approach.
One of the most frustrating things with legacy applications is the difficulty of harnessing them into test frameworks. Often they’re tightly coupled and it’s difficult to deal with. Usually if you’re just going in for a single bug fix it isn’t worth the effort of trying to put a unit test in.
From now on [...]