test.ical.ly | getting the web by the balls

stack-of-stonesLinux, Apache, MySQL, PHP – the lamp stack is commonly used throughout the internet. But it is only part of your technology stack, the list goes further. The PHP extensions, your framework of choice, some NoSQL solution and a messaging queue, a thick varnish or squid layer, preprocessors like LESS and Coffeescript, HTML boilerplates, CSS frameworks, javascript libraries and client data storage solutions and a whole lot more. Each layer of your stack comes with the features you chose it for.

Using these features could become a problem though..

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Mar/13

6

The all-in-one solution

all-in-one-screwdriverYears ago I was developing a quiz tool. It could’ve been anything but in this case it was a quiz tool. The all-in-one solution solving it once and for all.

Instantly becoming legacy code.. (more…)

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too-big-to-failThere are software projects that are big. There are software projects that are very big.

And then there are software projects that are too big to fail.

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Mar/13

4

I tip my hat to CSS Hat

csshatEverybody who ever had to translate Photoshop designs into CSS must’ve thought at some point that this tedious work should be automated. Now long after my coding days a solution seems to exist.

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Feb/13

28

Prepare for corporate Q&As

q-and-aAfter restructuring and reorganisation within the company I work for I am now working in a wholly new structure in fact a separate company within the old.

Yesterday we had the opportunity to meet our chief executive for a Q&A.

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steeringA start-up company I work with will run a website soon and realizes that they need someone to work on it permanently as they want to expand their business on the web. They need someone who can manages him- or herself and performs mainly simple HTML work.

The question is how much technical knowhow is needed to steer a developer?

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Feb/13

26

Meeting anyone?

meetingJust about two weeks into the new job I still haven’t met everyone I should’ve and I still haven’t thought about all the topics I should’ve. I even still haven’t gotten an overview about everything that I am now responsible for.

But boy do I have a lot of meetings..

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sproutDevelopers tend to hate legacy code. It’s messy and inflexible and no fun to work with. Most of the time that’s a direct result of quick and dirty work so it seems logical to aim for building sustainable high quality code instead so that the code last for long without becoming a burden.

Only sometimes the long run doesn’t matter.

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Biz PlanWhen I want to start a new project on a website or mobile app I get asked for a business plan at some point. That’s fine for most cases but there are cases in which a business case makes no sense at all.

It helps to realize what a business case really is.

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chairYesterday I met with an ex-colleague to have a chat and of course we also talked about each others career steps. Starting out from development both of us developed ourselves into different management positions and he raised the following question:

After a day of meetings and phone calls do you feel like you’ve actually done anything?

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