Why is Software Application Development So Much Fun?

It has become a rather interesting question to ponder over the years: What has drawn so many people into this field? Various estimates peg the number of worldwide software developers at 20 million. My middle child (age 14) shows all the signs: he takes great delight in taking timeout from flashy distractions and video games … …

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Certify Your Developers Become Full-Stack Developers

With nearly half of all mid and large-sized companies with open technology job postings, most are languishing on job boards for months and a significant worldwide shortage of talent supply, you have little to lose in plotting a concurrent strategy to cross-train your existing team to become full-stack developers (FSDs). But once again, it will … …

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What to Expect When Hiring Full-Stack Developers

Tech recruiters everywhere are posting hordes of jobs for full-stack developers (FSDs). A quick scan for FSD (spelled out, of course) on a dozen popular global job boards finds over 180,000 active jobs posted. Unfortunately, there is no good way to cross-check the postings between the varied job boards to eliminate duplicates. So, the actual … …

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The Rise of Full-Stack Developers

How many full-stack developers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Just one, if you can find one. Perhaps you should look for a unicorn instead. There is a remarkable trend in software development that has been growing along-side the divergence of specialized software development skills: the rise of the full-stack developer. To be … …

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Shadow IT

Taking Shadow IT Out and Into The Light

“We’ve all got a job to do”. While that may be true, it’s precisely the type of thinking that sometimes leads to ungoverned technologies roaming free throughout a business. The term is ominously known as “shadow IT” and it’s when an otherwise well-meaning employee or department goes rogue and downloads, builds or deploys a technology … …

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Worst Software Dev April Fool’s Day Jokes

Nope, others may have already Rickrolled you with a disguised link to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Instead, here is a list of the worst “jokes” that IT and the software development community has played on itself over the years. Perhaps some are never going to give up their traditional software development approach, … …

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5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Application Development (Again)

With a seemingly endless list of programming tools, languages and platforms, some tech types consider today the golden age of software development. The freedom to choose from such an expansive menu of sophisticated languages and frameworks – Java, JavaScript, HTML5, Python, Rust, Ruby, Swift, Java, PHP, Node, Kotlin, MEAN, C#, Perl, .NET, Bootstrap and Pure.CSS, just … …

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Imagine the Power of One Language

I’ll ask the reader to at least temporarily suspend feelings and thoughts of politics, culture and religion. And, you should cue John Lennon’s “Imagine” to set the scene. Okay, thank you! Please sit down and take a deep breath. Let’s drift off to the land of imagination for a few moments. Imagine if the whole … …

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Quick! It’s High Time to Get GDPR Compliant

So, you’ve been swamped with massive application backlogs and haven’t been able to dig into understanding the requirements of GDPR.  After all, the legislation won’t go into effect until mid-2018, and you’ve been running against so many other mission-critical business deadlines that have been much tighter than GDPR. But wait! It’s only five months away … …

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