Although I’m doing some Adobe Flex coding today, I felt inspired to share a few very recent photographs I’ve taken (all within the last week).
I was standing about 10-12 foot away from this unpicked corn cob when I snapped the camera shutter with my 80-400mm lens attached.
Yes, there’s corn in our neighborhood.
I was walking with my wife, and we had the odd sensation that we were being watched.
I thought this was interesting — 52 examples of registration forms from around the web. Although some registration is necessary, I’m all for registration-free web sites (here are a few references to why more web sites should consider removing registration)!
What is it about many software development projects that cause smart people to suggest that a last-minute-panic is in fact just the nature of doing software development? Someone used nearly those exact words today in an email to me, which spurred me to thinking this evening about the issue in general.
Rarely is the last-minute-panic just a minute, rather it is a week or more of extra stress, long hours, and weekend work. I’ve only ever worked in the software industry, so I can’t compare to other industries that might be creating products. No matter how many books are published about the topic… the panic is still far too common place.
I know I’ve been part of projects where there was this panic, long hours, etc. However, it’s never sat quite right with me — it felt, wrong.
What have you done to combat this issue? Do you follow some particular methodology that nearly eliminates this problem? Or, do you practice feature cutting, or … what? Is doing software development that unpredictable, or is it somehow the nature of software developers …?
I’d really like to hear what you’re doing (successful or otherwise). Leave a comment or link here from your own blog.
(Updated to fix typo and clarify one tiny thing)
Coding Challenge Series / Technical Interview Series
Write a function to return a specified number of words from a string (as a new string), up to a maximum of specified characters total.
Your function is passed the original string, the number of words to return, and the maximum number of characters allowed.
Make sure that you consider unusual strings, delimiters, etc.
I had just typed the name of a project to save in a text field and pressed the “save” button. There were no mention of any characters I couldn’t use. But, it was clear (only because I’ve seen programmers make stupid choices like this in the past), that the apostrophe I had used in the project name wasn’t allowed.
Don’t subject users to silly restrictions like this. What kind of architecture/design doesn’t allow apostrophes to be used in the name of something like this? I realize file systems have some interesting restrictions — but if this isn’t being stored in a database … then, yikes, what are they doing? If I had not already invested a lot of time uploading photos, selecting photos, etc., I would have abandoned them entirely and moved on to their competitors (with what amounts to be the world’s most unreliable uploader from what I could tell — I had to try to upload some photos 6 or 7 times before it was successful!!!!!),
(Just so happens that I was signed up as a new user and had a whole bunch of free prints from Amazon — so I couldn’t complain about the price. However, I’ll not return to them.)
I hope the prints turn out better than their web site design and implementation.