Who Said That?

My computer makes funny noises sometimes. They sound like notifications, but I can’t figure out what they’re meant to say. Well, until recently. And then I figured it out. If you’re a mobile developer, you may have had a similar experience. Unlike normal notifications, which are usually accompanied by a visual clue, these seem toContinue reading “Who Said That?”

If It Isn’t Broken…

How many times were you told “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”? Working isn’t necessarily optimal. You may find something to be working in a sub-optimal way. When this happens, fixing it should be a valid option. Very often, “if it isn’t broken” is said when “we’ve always done it this way” is intended.Continue reading “If It Isn’t Broken…”

The Life Of A Contractor, Part 1

A colleague suggested I’d share my experience as a contractor. Hopefully this helps you if you’re about to become one or are just starting out. In this post I will cover the growing pains. I will then touch on managing your finances as contractor. Lastly, I will discuss ways to get more work. How itContinue reading “The Life Of A Contractor, Part 1”

It’s Like Apples And Pickles

When I need to explain a complex idea, I often use an analogy. This helps convey concepts to people from different disciplines, too. One thing I learned is how important it is to choose the right analogy. A colleague recently used car design as an analogy to software development. This analogy was fundamentally wrong onContinue reading “It’s Like Apples And Pickles”

A Stain For Life

From time to time, the unavoidable happens. I spill or splash something on my carpets, sofa, bed or clothes. Coffee stains, food stains, grease… As careful as I try to be, these things still happen. For years I had to either learn to live with those stains or pay a professional to get them removed.Continue reading “A Stain For Life”

Like An Open Book, Part 1

I love books. I’ve loved books since before I could read. When I did learn how to read, I remember walking to the library while reading the last book I borrowed. I’d then read another book in the library and borrow one for my walk home. I remember how exciting I found Joules Verne’s stories.Continue reading “Like An Open Book, Part 1”

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m a software developer. If you aren’t one, you’d probably imagine us as sitting in a dark corner in front of a bright screen, typing away. But really, I’d imagine pretty much like any other professionals, we spend a lot of time working with people. WorkingContinue reading “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Have you ever found yourself walking down a long passageway only to meet a dead end sign? How about completing a form, tapping submit and only then finding out some fields were mandatory? If you’re a developer, how many times have you ended up with data in a weird state? What do all of theseContinue reading “The Light At The End Of The Tunnel”