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I’m going to be doing a Neo4j workshop up in JHB in November 2015 and thought I’d give an example of something that is easy to do in a graph database but challenging to do in a relational database. Before we begin, Neo4j is a graph database, a graph database is a database that uses a graph model to store data, graph databases fall under the broader ......

In this post I introduce an information radiator called the "Red Bin", which was born out of necessity and has proven very useful to my team. I discuss why we created the Red Bin, how to use it and what problem it solved. What is an Information Radiator? Before I dive into describing anything new it is worth establishing what an information radiator ......

The physical task board has become very popular in software development recently. It is an extremely useful tool that helps a team communicate the reality of the work happening within the team. This is helpful to everyone involved, managers, stake holders and even individual team members. The more aware everyone is of what is going on, the shorter the ......

YAGNI – "You Aren't Going To Need It". This is an acronym commonly used in software development to remind developers to only write what they need. This acronym exists because software developers have gotten into the habit of writing everything they need to solve a problem and then everything they think they're going to possibly need in the future. Since ......

I've started a lot of software projects in my career, so I didn't expect any surprises when I was involved in a new project at my new job (http://www.chillisoft.co.za). The existence of this blog post is a testament to how wrong I was. We went through a process that I've never experienced before. I found it very valuable so I thought I would share. ......

I have come across 2 issues with deploying WCF services in a Silverlight solution, admittedly the one is more of a hiccup, and only occurs if you take the easy way out and reference your services through visual studio. The First Issue This occurs when you deploy your WFC services to an IIS server. When browse to the services using your web browser, ......

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