Advice for New Developers

With the advent of Agile techniques, thankfully companies that try to control every aspect of a software project in order to measure progress are becoming a thing of the past, thankfully far fewer than twenty or thirty years ago when I started as a software developer. I blogged about the dangers of tight control a […]

Sixteen years ago I was working on a VB6 Access VBA contract. The first version of .NET had yet to be released. About that time Microsoft brought out a version of Java which was not widely accepted due to it being different to standard Java (and developers not wanting Microsoft to control Java), which led […]

A few months ago one of my friends asked me “How do you get started in programming, there is so much to know”. I didn’t really know how to give a good answer. I guess that you focus on something and take it from there. My friends know me as the computer man, but I […]

There are some good third party software components out there, that have been developed over many years. Over the years, I personally have used www.devexpress.com with both Winforms and ASP.NET Webforms, www.telerik.com on ASP.NET Webforms and www.obout.com on ASP.NET Webforms. Let me make the distinction between components and tools. This post is about components that […]

Have you got what it takes to be a software developer? Well we come in all shapes and sizes, but some useful attributes would include some or all of the following:- An enquiring mind An ability to handle change without getting too upset about the skills that you are losing because they are out of […]

I am coaching a young guy at present who wants to be a developer and is just a first year in college (age 16/17). We meet up once a month or so. A few of the things we talk about might find its way into this blog. The main thing I have said so far […]

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