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  • To up your value, be a master of time

    Whether you are an IT manager or an individual contributor, there's one thing you can always do to increase the value you provide to your organization, get yourself noticed and increase the likelihood that you'll get a promotion. It doesn't matter whether you want to stay technical or move in a managerial direction. It doesn't matter whether you are just starting your career or are a veteran. At every level of every organization, the ability I'm talking about is always in short supply.

    Written by Paul Glen14 July 15 04:56
  • How peer review leads to quality code

    If you could deploy existing resources to improve the quality and timeliness of your software development projects, you'd probably jump at the chance.

    Written by Jonathan Hassell23 June 15 05:50
  • The 10 commandments of IT consulting success

    IT pros looking to cash in on the rising demand for IT consultants, know this: IT consulting isn't all golf meetings and extended lunches. In fact, it can often involve thankless work fraught with unexpected detours, murky goals, and the occasional sudden jettisoning of your project.

    Written by Steven A. Lowe27 May 15 05:16
  • 17 JavaScript tools breathing new life into old code

    Computer languages have a strange shelf life. The most popular among them experience explosive growth driven by herding behavior akin to that of the fashion industry. But when they fade from the spotlight, something odd happens. Instead of disappearing like a pop song or parachute pants, they live on and on and on and on. The impetus behind this quasi-immortality? It's often cheaper to maintain old code than to rewrite it in the latest, trendiest language.

    Written by Peter Wayner05 May 15 01:54
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  • 10 more do's and don'ts for faster SQL queries

    Everyone wants faster database queries, and both SQL developers and DBAs can turn to many time-tested methods to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, no single method is foolproof or ironclad. But even if there is no right answer to tuning every query, there are plenty of proven do's and don'ts to help light the way. While some are RDBMS-specific, most of these tips apply to any relational database.

    Written by Sean McCown17 Sept. 14 23:31
  • How to Make Accounting and CRM Systems Play Nice

    Last week, I submitted an expense report to a client. The accounts payable representative made me revise the report four times to put things in the right buckets and correct a $1.04 error. (Really.) Of course, I can't charge anybody for his or her time, and the A/P department is really busy because it's "understaffed." (Uh-huh.)

    Written by David Taber04 Sept. 14 00:14
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  • Making the case for agile in the enterprise

    By now, you know about agile methodologies and how they can help improve your software development efforts. In this series of articles, we will discuss benefits of going agile (Part 1), some traditional concerns with agile at enterprise scale (Part 2) and offer some strategies you can use to become more agile in your shop while minimizing those concerns (Part 3). We also include screencasts to show agile in real-world scenarios.

    Written by Joe Mack23 June 15 07:08
  • Should you outsource your project management?

    There can be many benefits to outsourcing your company's project management functions, with equally as many pitfalls. There aren't any one-size-fits-all solutions based on your industry, type or size of business. Just as you would with different project management methodologies, consider the risks and rewards carefully and take the time to thoroughly evaluate why outsourcing project management may or may not be a good move for your organization.

    Written by Moira Alexander02 June 15 02:17
  • Put your API on a JSON diet

    Last week I discussed design considerations for APIs, given that APIs aren't applications and shouldn't be treated as such. At small scales, APIs that come along for the ride with bulky Web frameworks might be fine, but beyond that you're asking for trouble. If you're building an API that will serve a large number of clients, your API code should be thin and tight, as well as make liberal use of caching. Otherwise, the future headaches will be crippling.

    Written by Paul Venezia31 March 15 00:49
  • HTTP/2: The future of the Web demystified

    Out with the old, in with the new, as the saying goes -- but when it comes to an overhaul of one of the Internet's most fundamental protocols, what exactly is coming in with the new?

    Written by Serdar Yegulalp13 March 15 00:56
  • Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

    Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

    Written by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup and Christina J. Hogan14 Nov. 14 05:59