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Zeichick’s Take: Handling feedback

Your app’s user interface is terrible. Your business plan is flawed. Your budget is unrealistic. Your code isn’t efficient. Clients are unhappy with your interpersonal skills. Your meetings are too long. You don’t seem to get along with your developers. You are hard to work with. You are being kicked off the task force because … continue reading

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Zeichick’s Take: When, not if, your cloud goes down

Cloud-based development tools are great. Wonderful. Convenient. You may access your cloud-based IDE, your cloud-based code repository, your cloud-based storage, your cloud-based test suite from anywhere, perhaps through a browser, perhaps from a thin client. Log in, choose your project, off you go. Except when it doesn’t work. I don’t know if you were affected … continue reading

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SD Times Blog: The OpenGL 4.5 release is big, but Microsoft joining in is bigger

The OpenGL 4.5 specification was introduced today by the Khronos Group. This version offers Direct State Access (DSA), a feature that’s long been available in Direct3D, Microsoft’s 3D API, but is now finally available for OpenGL developers. DSA was already an extension in the OpenGL world, but version 4.5 brings it into the core of … continue reading

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Zeichick’s Take: Moonlighting and hobby developers

What do you do when you’re not programming? What do the coders on your team do when they aren’t programming? There’s a good chance that you (or they) are moonlighting. There are many reasons why someone would come home after spending 10 hours in front of the office desktop’s IDE, have a quick dinner, then … continue reading

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Zeichick’s Take: Coding: Unleashing creativity, or managing complexity

Why did we become programmers? There may be many reasons, but I’ll bet that for most (or all!) developers, it’s because of a love of design and creation, and the joy of seeing something that we’ve built come alive. For many of us, particularly those who became managers or entrepreneurs, opportunities to code are few … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Support low- and intermittent-bandwidth mobility

We drove slightly more than 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers), my wife and I, during a weeklong holiday. We explored different states in the western United States: Arizona (where we live), Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountains are incredible. Most of our vacation was at altitudes above 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). Many of the … continue reading

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Zeichick’s Take: Look to the intranet

Where do your employees go to find shared data? If it’s external data, probably an external search engine, like Google (which apparently holds 67.6% of the U.S. market) or Bing (18.7%) or one of the niche players. What about internal data? If your organization uses a platform like Microsoft’s SharePoint, that platform includes a pretty … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Look to the intranet

Where do your employees go to find shared data? If it’s external data, probably an external search engine, like Google (which apparently holds 67.6% of the U.S. market) or Bing (18.7%) or one of the niche players. What about internal data? If your organization uses a platform like Microsoft’s SharePoint, that platform includes a pretty … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Microsoft needs to do more than innovate

Microsoft has evolved considerably from its early days selling developer tools, or its era focusing on Windows and Office, or its run as a server software maker, or its first iteration as a cloud/online services company. Despite all the myriad changes, it’s always been true that Microsoft does not excel at innovation. In fact, when … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Developer programs are a good investment for good reasons

If developers aren’t enrolled in developer relation programs, they will become obsolescent … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Android is everywhere in a multiscreen universe

Android is the spearhead of Google’s plans for cars, smart devices, TV and more … continue reading

Zeichick’s Take: Should you sign the non-compete agreement?

These agreements prevent workers from working where they want, and companies from hiring the best available employees … continue reading

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