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Fiddler: The first of five Software Development tools I can’t live without.
Synopsis: When you need to analyze HTTP traffic, use Fiddler, my favorite debugging tool I use Fiddler every day. I debug/fix/tweak/troubleshoot/analyze various bits of software and web services throughout an average week. Most of the code is not of my making, while some of it I may have never seen before. Sometimes, I might not […]
Posted in Agile, Uncategorized on May 23, 2012
I ran across a term and definition that nicely encapsulated some of the pain that has plagued many of us who have dipped in and out of Agile methodologies over the years…and wanted to share. “Faux Agile” Groups of people, rarely even worth of the title “teams”, where folks go through the motions of “doing […]
Is a Querystring encrypted when using HTTPS?
Posted in Browser, General Technology on February 8, 2012
Synopsis: This is really the wrong question. The question should be “Is an encrypted Querystring secure?” In a recent systems integration conference call, a third-party consultant wanted his application to pass us user credentials via Querystring arguments using SSL. I commented that I usually don’t recommend doing this, and would prefer a POST to a […]
SQL CASE statements and Data Types
Posted in SQL on January 24, 2012
Synopsis: All return values from a T-SQL CASE statement must be of the same Data Type. …He thought the request was simple. “Before you leave [for the weekend], can you make one tiny change…it shouldn’t take more than a minute?” Or, so I heard a Friday past. “Can we sort the results dynamically?”. I wanted […]
Terms Software Developers and Project Managers should stop using
Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2012
Synopsis: “Developer Speak” has unintended overtones when interpreted by non-developers and may be misperceived. I often hear/read words and phrases in professional business settings that make me cringe a bit. I hear them in internal meetings, client meetings, and even interviews. I read them in emails and resumes. It could just be me, but certain […]
Technical Debt, A Developer’s Perspective
Posted in Agile, General Technology, Outsourcing, Technical Debt on January 9, 2012
Synopsis: Why servicing Technical Debt remains a reactive process Spoiler: Because it is not important until it is IMPORTANT! In a perfect world, servicing Technical Debt would be a proactive, ongoing endeavour. However, in a developer’s world, technical interest payments rarely get made unless there is a looming issue that requires immediate attention. Technical Debt […]
Don’t add hacks, make features!
Posted in General Technology, SQL on December 10, 2011
Synopsis: Use SQL and a bit (sorry) of bit comparison to create a “Feature Framework” Is there a good way to add what amounts to nothing more than a HACK to your application? Probably not, but there are ways to mitigate the damage. I was recently given the task of modifying a well-designed client-server application […]