What Do I think of “Full Stack” Development and the DevOps Movement?

13 hours 51 minutes ago

Once again, I’m doing reader question Monday on a Tuesday.  I have no good excuses this time, either.  We arrived last week in San Diego, which is beautiful.  So, I’ll just flat out admit that I spent the weekend strolling beaches, eating lobster tacos, drinking craft beers, looking up at the stars and just generally […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Code Quality, CI, Agile for Remote Teams

4 days 12 hours ago

Happy Friday, everybody.  Time for another installment of the DaedTech Digest.  For those of you that haven’t seen these, it’s a round-up of five or six posts that I’ve written for other blogs.  And, on top of those, I also do “picks” ala many podcasts. It’s been a wild and crazy week for me.  I […]

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Erik Dietrich

A Career Guide for the Recovering Software Generalist

6 days 12 hours ago

Since I’m kind of an old man, in college, they taught me C and its shiny new cousin, C++.  This was a CS program, so they didn’t ultimately focus on the language.  Instead, they went on to focus on the theory of things: algorithms, data structures, reasoning, and, well, computer science.  But they had to […]

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Erik Dietrich

The Resignation Counter Offer and the Danger It Presents

1 week 1 day ago

It’s been a bit since my last reader question Monday post.  But, hopefully you can forgive me.  The last two Mondays were Christmas and New Years Day, so I was a bit distracted.  Let’s get back to business today, though, with a reader question about the counter offer. Buckle up, because this is a pretty […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Monitoring and Agile Transformation Anti Patterns

1 week 4 days ago

Alright, I’ll admit it.  I’ve violated the cardinal rule of blogging for the last couple of weeks, and I’ve not shown up here.  I hope you can forgive me.  (At least I’ve avoided charges of hypocrisy by posting to the Hit Subscribe blog, thereby avoiding failure to show up in a place where I give […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: New Year’s Edition

2 weeks 4 days ago

I’ve been taking it easy this last week, celebrating Christmas and also taking the rest of the week (mostly) off to spend time with family.  So I’ve done no normal posts and also don’t plan to have one on New Years Day.  Instead, I’ll pick back up next Wednesday. But, I can take a few […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Christmas Edition

3 weeks 4 days ago

This is the last DaedTech digest before Christmas, which reminds me to wish all of you reading a Merry Christmas!  And, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, then Merry Random Day off Work. If you look at the dates of things in the digest section, you’ll see that they’re typically older posts.  My goal is to work […]

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Erik Dietrich

How to Talk to a C Level Executive

4 weeks 1 day ago

This week, I’m successfully doing reader question Monday on an actual Monday.  So the week’s already off to a good start.  Let’s double down on that momentum and look at how to talk to a C level executive. Like last week, I’m running afoul of my attempts at a FIFO model, but I just got […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Code Analysis, Functional Testing, Bad Comments

1 month ago

Happy Friday, readers.  Given that it’s Friday, it’s time for another reader question Friday. My wife and I spent last weekend in downtown New Orleans to celebrate her birthday.  This included visiting their aquarium, checking out Bourbon Street, having great food, and listening to live music on Frenchman Street.  What a weekend. And, while that […]

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DaedTech Digest: Test Smells, Monitoring, Performance, Spell Check

1 month 1 week ago

Hello, everybody.  It’s yet another week in my life where I successfully keep track of the normal work week without losing track of which days are the weekend and which aren’t.  To celebrate, here’s another DaedTech Digest Friday post. And, lest you think that I lose track of days of the week due to a […]

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Erik Dietrich

Conference Speaking Isn’t Good for Your Career Until You Make it Good

1 month 1 week ago

I like watching developer talks, live and recorded.  For my money (or free, depending on the venue), it doesn’t get any better than listening to Bob Martin work his way into a talk on software design by talking first about astronomy.  He and so many other speakers are engaging, charismatic, and informative. So we strive to […]

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Erik Dietrich

Hacking Your Career as a Non-Developer

1 month 1 week ago

It’s Monday again, which means another Reader Question Monday.  This week, rather than renew my assault on all things sacred to software developers, why don’t I mount an assault on the design profession? I’m kidding about the assault part.  Probably.  But today’s question comes from a designer.  I consider this cool because we knowledge workers […]

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Erik Dietrich

DaedTech Digest: Analysis Rules, Singletons, and Log Aggregation

1 month 2 weeks ago

Happy Friday, DaedTech readers!  Time for yet another installment of the DaedTech Digest. I didn’t do one last week because of the US holiday.  For those of you not from the US, there’s this holiday called Black Friday that everybody celebrates by getting together and eating turkey the day before and then subsequently bludgeoning one […]

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Erik Dietrich

Remote Programming Jobs: How to Find Them and Why You Should

1 month 2 weeks ago

I’m going to take a break from my aggressive war on status quo wage programming jobs today.  Instead, I’ll offer something a little more how-to-y and a little more upbeat.  And I won’t once try to talk you out of salaried employment.  Instead, I’ll try to talk you into it.  Or, at least into a […]

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Erik Dietrich

Learning in a World Where Programming Skills Aren’t That Important

1 month 2 weeks ago

After a couple of weeks doing Reader Question Monday on a Tuesday, I’m back on track.  I’ll briefly congratulate myself before moving on to the potentially pot-stirring topic of programming skills. Today’s question is one I’ve gotten a LOT, but have struggled to answer.  I didn’t want to write on the subject until I had […]

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Erik Dietrich

Get Work Done: Strategies for Getting More Efficient and Finishing

1 month 3 weeks ago

For the second week in a row, I’m tackling reader question Monday on a Tuesday.  This time, my excuse involves the mini-move my wife and I made over the weekend that I originally mentioned on Friday.  So traveling, unpacking and all that.  But, better late than never.  Today, I’ll talk about how to get work […]

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Erik Dietrich
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