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  Why Software Projects are Terrible and How Not To Fix Them


If you are a good developer and you’ve worked in bad organizations, you often have ideas to improve the process.  The famous Joel Test is a collection of 12 such ideas.  Some of these ideas have universal acceptance within the software industry (say, using source control), while others might be slightly more controversial (TDD).  But for any particular methodology, whether it is universally accepted or only “mostly” accepted, there are a multitude of organizations ...

   Software,Development,Debug,Design     2011-11-21 10:27:05


  TIOBE: PHP is coming back


TIOBE released the programming language index for July 2013. The highlight of this month is that PHP is coming back. It ranks the fifth and has an increase of 1.54% compared to January. There are no changes in the ranking for the top 4 languages. The reason why PHP is back may be attributed to the new PHP Zend Framework that was released in September 2012, but this reason is not very convincing. PositionJul 2013PositionJul 2012Delta in PositionProgramming LanguageRatingsJul 2013Delta Jul...

   TIOBE,PHP,Zend framework,July     2013-07-09 05:22:50


  Top 25 Must Have Wordpress Plugins for 2016


There are nearby 30 thousand WordPress plug-ins available in the market. But you must know the plug-ins, that are worthy for you according to your business & requirements. Here is the list of top 25 WordPress plug-ins according to me & my team that may helpful for you.   1. WordPress SEO by Yoast - Best SEO plugin:   Yoast SEO, previously known as a WordPress SEO by Yoast, specially used to boost search engine traffic on your WordPress website. Just install this plug-in and be...

   WORDPRESS PLUGIN DEVELOPMENT,MUST HAVE WORDPRESS PLUGINS,BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR WEBSITE,WORDPRES     2016-03-10 05:04:26


  Php Class to Retrieve Alexa Rank


Alexa is a service acquired by Amazon which offers a web traffic report for websites. They retrieve the data from toolbar that can be installed in different browsers, centralize the data and display reports to anyone. The most important indicator is the Alexa Rank. It represents the rank of a webpage in a list of all the websites. It’s not the 100% accurate but it gives a good indication.Alexa does not offer any free API to obtain Alexa Rank. However there is a simple method to obtain it in th...

   PHP,Alexa,Alexa rank,API,Retrieve Alexa rank     2011-10-25 11:28:55


  10 super useful PHP snippets you probably haven’t seen


When working with PHP, it is very useful to have a “toolbox” of handy functions and code snippets that can save lots of time when needed. Today, I’m going to show you 10 super useful code snippets that you probably never heard of. Text messaging with PHP using the TextMagic API If for some reason, you need to send text messages to your clients cell phones, you should definitely have a look to TextMagic. They provide an easy API which allow you to send SMS to cell phones. Plea...

   PHP,Code,Snippet,Useful code segment     2012-01-19 11:07:16


  bakercom1 5 Ways to Make Your IT Staff Unpoachable


When it comes to hiring practices, the tables have turned – capsized, actually. After a global recession saw thousands of jobs lost in IT departments everywhere, now the race is on to hire swarms of top talent. The trouble is: There isn’t enough talent to go around, and the threat of losing key staff to “poachers” is growing daily. “In the current war for talent in Silicon Valley, a lot of leaders believe that it is not possible to compete with the Google and Facebook phenomena ...

   IT,Experts,Keep,Unpoachable     2011-07-25 08:35:49


  It’s Not China; It’s Efficiency That Is Killing Our Jobs


The majority of wealth is now concentrated at the top of the social ladder. This is particularly true in the US, and the gap is widening every year. This, I believe, is because of efficiency, not China. Today the best ideas can efficiently and quickly propagate worldwide, and everyone can efficiently find them and buy them. This makes the owners of these ideas filthy rich, and those ideas that are not the best, can hardly survive. It’s not just transfer of information that is fast; wealth too ...

   China,Efficiency,Job,Opportunity,Wealth     2011-10-23 11:43:18


  How To Optimize Your Site With HTTP Caching


I’ve been on a web tweaking kick lately: how to speed up your javascript, gzip files with your server, and now how to set up caching. But the reason is simple: site performance is a feature. For web sites, speed may be feature #1. Users hate waiting, we get frustrated by buffering videos and pages that pop together as images slowly load. It’s a jarring (aka bad) user experience. Time invested in site optimization is well worth it, so let’s dive in. What is Caching? Caching is a gr...

   Website performance,Speed,HTTP Cache,Hash code     2011-12-10 06:11:33


  True Scala complexity


Update 2: Sorry for the downtime. Leave it to the distributed systems guy to make his blog unavailable. Nginx saves the day.It’s always frustrating reading rants about Scala because they never articulate the actual complexities in the core language.Understandable—this post is intended fill that gap, and it wasn’t exactly easy to put together. But there’s been so much resistance to the very thought that the complexity exists at all, even from on up high, that I thought it would be cons...

   Scala,Complexity     2012-01-10 07:17:07


  HTML5 and Accessibility


Accessibility for people with disabilities is a legal responsibility in many countries. It's also the right thing to do, and one of the characteristics distinguishing professional developers from the WWWs: WYSIWYG-wielding wannabes. But for many, accessibility has been a somewhat black art, requiring adding extra stuff to your code like alt text, table summaries, ARIA information that can be difficult to test by developers who are not assistive technology users themselves.The arrival of HTML5 ha...

   HTML5,Accessibility,Video,Music,Canvas     2011-08-19 08:13:44