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Monthly Archives: July 2006

Hiring technical people, take 2 – level 100

This is a planned follow-on to my first post on hiring.  In my first post, I talked about the general process I like to go through when hiring a new programmer.  Of course, you can bet that this is continually … Continue reading 

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Hiring technical people, take 1 – level 100

With unemployment at essentially ZERO these days, it’s hard finding the best people, especially skilled knowledge workers like programmers.  Every company needs programmers, so the good ones who happen to be looking are few and far between.  By contrast, the … Continue reading 

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Changing companies to pursue another opportunity – level 000

Today is my last day at DataCert.  DataCert is a great company.  I had the pleasure of working in the Austin office with two great developers: Steve Donie and Jeremy Miller. I’m moving to Vital Insight, a software company specializing … Continue reading 

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I love it when all the builds are green!

My team uses CruiseControl.Net and CCTray to run and track all of our automated builds.  For a while, we couldn’t get our largest test suite to pass all together.  Every test would pass individually, but all 1000+ tests wouldn’t pass … Continue reading 

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No Fluff Just Stuff panel discussion – level 100

After lunch on Sunday, many of the speakers formed a panel, and we had a panel discussion.  One of the hot buttons was Java vs. Ruby.  Bruce Tate does all Ruby consulting, and it’s working well for him.  Others on … Continue reading 

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No Fluff Just Stuff: Testing with Selenium with Neal Ford – level 200

On the 3rd day of NFJS, Neal gave a talk about testing with Selenium.  Selenium is a end-to-end testing solution for web applications.  This is testing on the customer acceptance level and not the unit-testing level.   Selenium was developed … Continue reading 

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NFJS: Cleaning up your code with Neal Ford – level 200

Neal gave some great tips on improving code.  Here’s the rundown.  These are thoughts directly from Neal: Coding standards aren’t necessary.  They are just preferences that folks in charge force on underlings.  There are more important things than coding standards.  … Continue reading 

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No Fluff Just Stuff comes to Austin – level 000

This past weekend, the NFJS conference came to Austin, TX, and I’m glad it did.  Folks involved with a user group of some type got a good discount, so we spread the word.  This conference focuses on Java, Ruby, and … Continue reading 

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