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Project Estimation: Help Me.

It seems like the estimates we make are always written in stone and no matter how many times we re-estimate, we never get it right. The plan team always want an earlier finish date and the developers always want a later finish date. How can you compromise? 1. How can you estimate the time it […]

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CTRL + SHIFT + F, *uck Me.

We’ve been planning to use some type of data connection pooling for quite a while and decided to use the commons-dbcp from Apache. In our applicationContext-jbdc.xml, we specify the url. I’m using Eclipse, so I formed a habit of doing a CTRL+SHIFFT+F to automatically format the XML for easy read before I deployed the project. […]

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Exclusivity: Awesome Marketing Strategy.

Nowadays, if you’re in the “exclusive” group, you’re cool. It seems like there’s new marketing approach to the way products are being released (maybe its old and I just haven’t noticed). The Internet’s social websites today has allowed this strategy to blossom like crazy. Step 1: Company has product X coming out. It’s announced at […]

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Just Getting the Job Done.

Seriously, why develop an application that just works. Ignoring best practices, design patterns, clean code, unit tests, etc. is a sin. Just because an application works, doesn’t mean it’s maintainable, easily extensible, and READABLE. Clean up your code, help the next person who’s going to work on it.

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"New" Elevator Technology?

For all those at 1111 Fannin, we hate this “New Elevator Technology.” It may just be that we’re running on old algorithm, slow CPU, or maybe its just the slow elevators themselves. Whatever the case, the elevators here suck. If a technology sucks it doesn’t matter if it’s new or old. Also, it’s a choice […]