February 2007

5 Reasons to Use Two Browsers

February 26, 2007

I have both Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and Mozilla Firefox on the computers I use. There are many reasons why you may want to have and use both browsers. Here are five reasons: Different Sites Don’t Render Properly: Some websites work only in IE, while others are built only for Firefox. This happens when the development team […]

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Featuritis

February 25, 2007

Featuritis” is a term used to describe the condition when the software product undergoes multiple rapid changes in functionality that were not anticipated during the initial stages of the project. This happens very frequently for in-house projects, but by means restricted to them only — any software product development may exhibit signs of featuritis. The typical […]

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A Collection of Bad Blog Behavior

February 25, 2007

Having subscribed and unsubscribed to several different blogs over the last few months and using different feed readers (Google Reader, Internet Explorer 7 RSS Reader, Thunderbird, intraVnews, etc.) and tools like Yahoo Pipes, I thought I would take a stab at the kind of blogs that I don’t really like. Here is some bad behavior […]

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Effective Documentation

February 23, 2007

When it comes to documentation, software development teams follow two different schools of thought. I am oversimplifying below, but bear with me: Documentation is good: For every process, there is a document to plan it, define it, record it and audit it. Every line of code generated will have several lines of corresponding documentation. Likewise, there are more […]

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Five Questions and Answers On Delegation

February 21, 2007

To be really effective in your work, one must learn to do the following: Cancel tasks that do not have any value. If any remaining tasks can be delegated, move them to someone else. Then, prioritize the remaining ones in order of importance and urgency. Start working on the tasks in order of priority. The more one can […]

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Health Suggestions for Software Developers

February 18, 2007

People working in a software development environment find it really hard to lead a healthy lifestyle. As developers, we are so enamored with the technology that we sacrifice sleep and exercise. We binge on fast and fatty foods. So we are out of shape and suffering for it. When I used to work in Bangalore and […]

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Potpourri of Thoughts

February 18, 2007

Ever since I started blogging in earnest since December, part of my brain is always looking for blog post ideas. The problem is not that there is nothing to blog about - rather there is an abundance of topics to blog about. Some of them require more time for analysis — so I just add them […]

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RSS Feed Reader in Internet Explorer 7.0

February 18, 2007

I have been increasingly using the RSS Feed Reader in Internet Explorer 7.0. While IE7 came out, I was very dismissive of its feed capability because Google Reader was miles ahead of it. But because it is less powerful, I find it becoming more useful for certain types of feeds. Confused? Well, here are my reasons: I […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving the Delete Key

February 16, 2007

Several years ago, in college, I stayed back during a spring break to develop a cricket score management program in C using the Unix Curses library for the user interface. At that time, I was a huge cricket addict and spent (“wasted”) amazing amounts of time collecting cricket trivia. This application was an effort to […]

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Life After the Change

February 14, 2007

Change management is difficult. But it doesn’t end after you make the change. After that, comes the often-overlooked and complicated challenge of communicating to stakeholders about the change and what it means for them. Convincing them is yet another uphill battle. Usually, an organization initiates a change process with the purpose of bringing benefits to […]

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