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developer.* - The Independent Magazine for Software Professionals

Description : developer.* (DeveloperDotStar.com) is an independent magazine and community for software development professionals. developer.* Magazine features high quality original articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews, published in a traditional magazine format (only without all the paper) with a focus on a wide variety of topics of interest to software developers and other software professionals. And don't miss developer.* Blogs.

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Interface Oriented Design Book Excerpt: Inheritance and Interfaces (Chapter 5) By Ken Pugh

Finding commonality among classes makes for effective object-oriented programming. Often, programmers express that commonality using an inheritance hierarchy, since that is one of the first concepts taught in object-oriented programming. We're going to go to the other extreme in this chapter to explore the difference between using inheritance and using interfaces. An excerpt from Interface Oriented Design.
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Published : Tue, 12 Sep 2006 09:51:31 -0500

Career Paths for Programmers By John Bennett, Jr.

The key to maintaining a good employment outlook in IT, it seems, is to move out of programming and up into more business-oriented IT positions such as systems analyst, business analyst, project manager, or systems architect. However, a computer programmer can't just decide to become a systems analyst or project manager overnight.
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Published : Mon, 21 Aug 2006 11:10:42 -0500

Object Oriented CASE Tools: Lost Opportunities and Future Directions By Mario Van Damme

In this article the author explores the past and future of Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools, from the "traditional" structured tools of years long past to today's "third generation" Object Oriented modeling and CASE tools--and beyond into possible futures. Ironically, the author finds that the future lies in the past.
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Published : Sun, 23 Jul 2006 07:10:09 -0500

Success/Failure Criteria: Some Surprises By Robert L. Glass

At a breakfast seminar here June 6 on "Factors for IT Project Success and Failure," Prof. June Verner of NICTA provided a fascinating mix of surprises and predictables related to her subject topic. The findings came from NICTA

Published : Tue, 04 Jul 2006 03:16:11 -0500

Test Smarter, Not Harder By Scott Sehlhorst

When we

Published : Mon, 29 May 2006 08:16:17 -0500

The Many Flavors of Testing (An Excerpt from Software Conflict 2.0) By Robert L. Glass

Once we realize that we are committed to a future full of testing, it is worth exploring what testing really means. I would assert that there are several flavors of testing, and that all too often when we speak of testing we consider far too few of those flavors. An excerpt from Software Conflict 2.0.
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Published : Wed, 10 May 2006 03:37:16 -0500

Shifting the Burden - Whose Monkey Is It? By Donald E. Gray

A new installment in the developer.* Systems and Software series, exploring the connections between general systems thinking, cybernetics, and software development. Author Don Gray applies systems thinking principles--including "balancing loops," symptomatic and systemic solutions, and "shifting the burden"--to a recurring situation with one of his clients.
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Published : Sun, 30 Apr 2006 09:00:20 -0500

What Is A Professional Programmer? By Sarah George

So what does it mean to be a professional programmer? What does it mean to be a professional anything? Some definitions simply say to be a professional is "to make money from a skill," but true professionals also have a set of qualities often described as "professionalism." In my opinion, these qualities are...
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Published : Wed, 19 Apr 2006 09:33:31 -0500

Best Practices for Object/Relational Mapping and Persistence APIs By Mario Van Damme

In this article I will begin with a discussion of home-grown vs. off-the-shelf persistence solutions, including areas to consider when deciding between the two, and advice for choosing the best off-the-shelf solution to meet your needs. I will also share suggestions and advice from my own experiences with O/R mapping and persistence APIs, with a focus on "best practices."
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Published : Sat, 01 Apr 2006 10:47:57 -0500

Software Maintenance is a Solution, Not a Problem (An Excerpt from Software Conflict 2.0) By Robert L. Glass

The traditional, problem-oriented view of maintenance says that our chief goal in maintenance should be to reduce costs. I think that's the wrong emphasis. If maintenance is a solution instead of a problem, we can quickly see that what we really want to do is more of it, not less of it. And the emphasis, when we do it, should be on maximizing effectiveness, and not on minimizing cost. An excerpt from Software Conflict 2.0.
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Published : Sun, 26 Mar 2006 03:58:07 -0500

The Art in Computer Programming By Andrew Hunt and David Thomas, Pragmatic Programmers, LLC

In a way, we programmers are quite lucky. We get the opportunity to create entire worlds out of nothing but thin air. Our very own worlds, complete with our own laws of physics. We may get those laws wrong of course, but it's still fun.
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Published : Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:33:03 -0500

Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method - Banishing Writer's Block By Gerald M Weinberg

In his new book, acclaimed consultant, teacher, and author Jerry Weinberg introduces his approach to writing called The Fieldstone Method. This is not a book about grammar or style, but about *getting things written*--and cutting yourself some slack in the process. In today's world of blogging and "agile publishing," Weinberg's evolutionary, non-linear method is especially welcome. This excerpt explains how Fieldstoning can break the cycle of writer's block.
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Published : Sat, 11 Mar 2006 05:11:11 -0500

.NET Exception Handling By Edward G. Nilges

This article presents a set of general error handling principles and illustrates them in action with a downloadable VB.NET project, including a demonstration program and a reusable .NET exception handling DLL.
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Published : Wed, 15 Feb 2006 08:08:09 -0500

Stunted Growth: Subsidies and Stagnation in the Software Tools Market By Steve Benz

On the face of it, there should be a great deal of money in the software tools business, but, surprisingly, the money really isn

Published : Mon, 06 Feb 2006 10:26:48 -0500

Automating Software Development Processes By Tim Kitchens

Automating repetitive procedures can provide real value to software development projects. In this article, we will explore the value of and barriers to automation and provide some guidance for automating aspects of the development process.
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Published : Thu, 12 Jan 2006 08:12:27 -0500

The Global Development Interview Series: Scotland, with Craig Murphy By Donna L. Davis

It's going to take us awhile to get all the way around the world, but here we are at stop #3, with Scottish software developer Craig Murphy, who shares his experience of software development life in Scotland with interviewer Donna L. Davis.
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Published : Wed, 09 Nov 2005 09:27:58 -0500

Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management By Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby

One of the reasons good management is so hard to learn is that much of management takes place behind closed doors. We

Published : Sun, 02 Oct 2005 04:36:14 -0500

Places to Intervene in a System By Donella H. Meadows

Here we continue the developer.* Systems and Software series, in which we explore the topics of general systems thinking and cybernetics to discover how "systems" concepts can help software professionals in the day-to-day work of creating, deploying, and improving software.
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Published : Tue, 23 Aug 2005 09:51:58 -0500

Integrity Testing for Software Professionals By Donna L. Davis

Before I became a supervisor, the very notion that someone might be monitoring my Internet usage was not only horrifying, but demoralizing. Didn

Published : Mon, 22 Aug 2005 10:54:55 -0500

Two Principles of Conversation By Kevin Cauble

So what

Published : Wed, 27 Jul 2005 08:07:27 -0500

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