Console Apps Console applications are often the simplest place to start when learning to develop software for desktop and server environments, requiring far less ceremony to get going. Having a better grasp of what is going on under the hood with console applications may help you significantly in your day job, even if you are primarily a web developer.
Stop Writing CRUDy Apps CRUD in and of itself isn't bad. Most of the problems we list are process related. There are few technical problems in the list. They are more about misuse. CRUD is a way of conceptualizing the relationship of how data is stored and transferred.
Science Fiction Becomes Fact Will and BJ are at DevSpace talking with Ed Charbeneau of the Eat Sleep Code Podcast about predicting the future of technology by looking at the history of technology and science fiction.
Antipatterns In Distributed Teams We've laid out some common problems you'll encounter in a distributed team along with what you can do to fix them. For each problem we'll talk about how to mitigate it for an individual developer, team leads or middle management, and upper management.
Knowing When To Quit Jobs are no longer permanent and if you leave too early or too late, you can put yourself at a disadvantage. If you stay too long, your knowledge may become stale, whereas if you leave too quickly, you may look like a job hopper. It's also possible to leave a job where the problems can be fixed or to stay at one where they cannot.
Ways to Avoid Bike Shedding Working with a group of highly specialized and opinionated people can be difficult and lead to very detailed conversations on topics not relevant or only tangentially relevant to the project you are working on. Know that you or your team may be lead off topic when in meetings and prepare for that inevitability.
Developers and the Law Gary Nissenbaum is a managing attorney with the Nissenbaum Law Group. He has been kind enough to come on the show and share his expertise.
Kaizen The kaizen process can help you refine your software development process, reducing bugs and improving your ability to deliver software on time and under budget. This is especially helpful if you are in management, but you can still get a lot out of these concepts even if you aren't. This helps you both support the decisions you made to management and to make better ones more quickly.
Toxic Mix? OOP and Databases Your database is often the most important part of your application in terms of actual value to the business. The value of the database will only increase over time, as long as it is adequately maintained. Your database administrator is in charge of this maintenance, and you'll often find that the constraints under which they are operating are very different than yours.
Primitive Data Types A primitive data type can either be a basic type that provides the basic building blocks for a language or a built-in type that the language treats and supports as a basic type. Composite types are ones that are a combination of primitive types or other composite types. These may or may not be built into the language you are using. The difference being that a primitive type, like a prime number, cannot be decomposed into simpler types.