Several decades ago I started working in tech, expecting to be among calm people who would gather data, carefully assess it and make reasoned decisions which would be correct most of the time. Yes. It wasn’t like that; but with improvements in testing and in the ease of gathering information it can be more like […]
Apparently some authors get really annoyed if you ask them where they get their ideas. A similar question hovers over many discussions of entrepreneurship. Instead of causing offence it often leads towards inspirational quotes from tycoons, or talk of the “entrepreneurial personality”, as if tinkering with your own character traits is the route to success. […]
This blog is waking up as something different. I’ve been doing less coding, spending more time writing marketing copy and working with an early startup which should launch soon. So there’s going to be business as well as technical content, and the view on tech will be from a higher level. I’m glad the old […]
I’ve only used this once but it worked perfectly. I was developing a function based on a regulatory document specifying how to build a calendar for regulatory reporting. Normally you take a requirement and translate it in your mind to a convenient “shape” for coding. This is fine for most purposes. I started developing my […]
Vocabulary is a problem when you start working with Microsoft Azure, or any cloud service offering. There are so many new terms to wrestle with. I was considering blogging my own glossary but Microsoft now have several web pages giving very useful information. Here are the links:
Do you feel embarrassed about Googling answers to problems instead of working them out for yourself? Well don’t: if you’re a working programmer who has to answer for time spent, you’ve got to make use of other people’s work. As long as you don’t believe everything you read, it’s simple efficiency.
Here’s the announcement – and Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free! Is it big news? Yes, but if you’re a developer the question of whether to favour an upgrade in due course is more nuanced than it used to be.