Code For Today, Not Tomorrow

A developer will occasionally send me a pull-request that, whilst often technically excellent, has new code in it that is ready, waiting for some sort of future requirement they have convinced themselves will be needed. A simplified example may be adding a `birthday` field to the `users` table. The developer will add the field, make …

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What’s Next?

Occasionally we are presented with two features that we need implemented in our application. Which one do we do first? The easy option is to do the simplest feature, or the one that will take the least amount of time to complete. However sometimes that goes against the goals of the business. It’s tempting to …

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How I Tackle My Email

We all hate email. Or at least we should. It creates work. It sucks precious time from our day. It causes endless interruptions if not managed properly. It can control us. I have read many a book, blog article and tweet on how to manage emails and thought I would share my recipe for slaying …

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Asking For Help is OK

Last week I was stuck on a coding problem on some code I wrote a while back but that contained a nasty bug that had been intermittent and hard to pin down. This particular application I had written myself before I had a team in place, so I was the only one that knew the …

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Advertise Honestly

I often assist companies with their eCommerce sites. With my extensive retailing background I am able to consult on not only the technical aspects of online retailing but also the legal, ethical and moral ways to do business. With this in mind, lately I’ve seen a trend where desperate times call for desperate measures. The …

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Just Publish It

A lot of companies have blogs and news sections that are stale and not updated often. I’ve long been a proponent of keeping websites updated, particularly the news/blog section. It’s a sign of a healthy business that it is keeping its online face up-to-date and giving its clients (and more importantly potential clients) a sign …

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Websites Are Like Fashion

Facebook is like fashion. It never ends. I was watching..or re-watching….The Social Network the other night and my ears pricked up as I listened to some dialogue between a young Mark Zuckerberg and his equally young financier, Eduardo. They were celebrating the fact that The Facebook was about to “go live” and Eduardo asked if …

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