Once again, I need to use the Transact -SQL Rank in a query. I must be going senile because I always have to review this function. I don't always use it but it comes in handy when I get asked to find the last X recorded values. Last nearly always means dated. So just to save time looking for how to do this appropriately, I am writing down Read more [...]
It has been 2 years since my last post. Well that sounds like a confession you would give to a priest. I guess that's ok though. Two years ago I was finishing up a PHP project where I had rewritten the backend of a poorly designed customer relationship management system. Well, poorly designed is a misnomer. It was more of a prototype to what could Read more [...]
As I look back some of the projects I worked on, I noted that they had mistakes made early in the project that slowed them down and kept them from being the application could have been by the time the stakeholder closed the doors on them. Some of the mistakes were on the part of the developers but other mistakes were on the part of the stakeholder.
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1. Experts are clueless. Figure stuff out yourself.
2. Customers cannot tell you what they need. They describe things in terms of better, cheaper, faster status quo etc... they don't know innovation
3. Biggest challenges beget the best work. Huge challenges are what people rise to do their best work of their career.
4. Design counts. Not price.. Read more [...]
I had a newb programmer ask me quite some time ago "If you have to test your code, don't you have to test your unit tests? If you do, how does that work because then you have to test the test that tested the code." At the time I and another developer kinda fumbled around for a real answer. And of course what happens to me is that here I am a long Read more [...]
Sometime ago, I created a template for reviewing pages within a project. It originally started as a code review document but kinda went a little different because normally code reviews didn't include all of the things that needed to come out so that the junior programmers could learn from the document.. So here is an example of that document. It's Read more [...]
Another comparison sort of an array s the Insertion Sort. During an Insertion sort, an element is removed from the input data on each reptition. It is inserted into the correct position in an already-sorted list until no input elements remain. It's not actually the best way to sort a list but it's fine for small lists.
In PHP it would Read more [...]
This morning I went looking at CodingUnit Programming which includes a myriad of tutorials for coding in C, C++, php and a few other languages. What caught my eye was a section with algorithm tutorials. I was duly impressed but then you don't typically find algorithm tutorials on any other tutorial site.
In that section I found several articles Read more [...]
Sometimes when you look at a possible solution or someone on your team describes a possible solution, your spidey sense starts tingling and you just know something is not right about the problem. A lot of times you can't put your feeling on it. When in doubt you probably need to trust yourself. Of course sometimes you'll get overridden by other people Read more [...]
I decided I better keep up with my morning readathon which I obviously have not been keeping to this schedule. So to kick things off again, I read Judging Websites by Jeff Atwood over at his Coding Horror blog this morning. He got invited to judge some web apps for the Rails Rumble which is a distributed programming competition where teams of one to Read more [...]