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Giorgio Sironi01/23/12
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Collapse Hierarchy

In the scenario of today, a subclass and superclass are not very different: the evolution of the code has brought them to this situation. Behavior has been removed, or moved elsewhere in the system, and they are almost the same entity.The Collapse Hierarchy...

Andrey Karpov01/23/12
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About size_t and ptrdiff_t

Abstract The article will help the readers understand what size_t and ptrdiff_t types are, what they are used for and when they must be used. The article will be interesting for those developers who begin creation of 64-bit applications where use of size_t...

Tom O'connor01/23/12
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A Sensible Java Build Tool

I've been writing Java in one sense or another for a few years now.  I learnt stuff at university, then used it in a few jobs.  I've written Beans and Applets, and various bits of stuff in between.  It's fairly safe to say, that I like Java.   One thing...

Esther Derby 01/23/12
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Building Effective Teams: Miss the Start, Miss the End

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Plato, Greek philosopher and writer, 429–347 B.C.E. I’ve written several articles about a manager’s relationship with a team that has already formed. A manager’s relationship with a team as...

Johanna Rothman01/22/12
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Leadership, Management, Transitioning to Agile

I’ve been working with several management teams who want me to train them or their project managers to take over the agile training. It’s not unreasonable from their perspective—it’s how they’ve transitioned to all the other process improvement...

Dave Farley01/22/12
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Don’t Feature Branch

I recently attended the Devoxx conference. One of the speakers was talking on a topic close to my heart, Continuous Delivery. His presentation was essentially a tools demonstration, but one of the significant themes of his presentation was the use of...

Swizec Teller01/20/12
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DZone Top Article of 2011: Programmers are f***ing lazy

With the possible exception of philosophers, programmers are the laziest bunch of people I know. It seems like everyone else I speak to has some sort of labor intensive profession. Think about it, biologists do all those experiments … giving a drug to...

Chris Smith01/19/12
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There's More to DevOps than Meets the Eye

Scott Ambler, IBM Rational’s chief methodologist for IT, had some predictions regarding what will be the new IT buzzword for 2012.  Unfortunately, he doesn't take much of a leap in declaring "DevOps" to be the new hot ticket in the IT...

Giorgio Sironi01/19/12
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With the 1.2 release, PHPUnit_Selenium supports (basically) for the first time the Selenium 2 WebDriver API. While PHPUnit_Selenium already worked with Selenium 2, it did so only by using the Selenium 1 emulation included in the jar; now it provides an...

Chris Smith01/18/12
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Dreadnot Goes Open-Source

Rackspace has announced that Dreadnot, a Node.js application aimed at helping software developers better monitor their projects as they are deployed, will be open-source.  The goal of Dreadnot is to facilitate a continuous development methodology that allows...

John Esposito01/18/12
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DZone Top Article of 2011: Ask DZ - What's the best programming advice you've ever got?

For example, Travis Griggs' blog post explains some of the best OOP advice he ever received.What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, and why it was so good? Maybe include some particular projects the advice helped you with, or how the advice...

Giorgio Sironi01/18/12
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Extract Interface

A concrete class still defines an implicit interface by itself, as the set of its public methods. When the called interface is a subset of this, or it is depended upon in multiple places, it is interesting to make it explicit.The Extract Interface refactoring...

Chris Smith01/18/12
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Does DevOps Require Private Cloud?

Although some people with very little understanding of IT will say that cloud computing eliminates the need for Operations, and therefore DevOps, the developers and sysadmins in the trenches know that cloud computing could actually bring more opportunities...

Giorgio Sironi01/16/12
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Extract Superclass

In the scenario of today, there are two or more unrelated classes with similar members, like common methods or fields. While these classes may be already linked on the semantical level (via duplicated names or namespaces), there is nothing that ties them in...

Cody Powell01/16/12
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Operations should Communicate Close to the Change

I have said this before but it bears repeating. If you are making a change and you want people to know you have made a change, add a note where someone is most likely to come in contact with your note. If you are editing a file, add a comment to the bit...