September 2011 Entries

Be Balanced When Deciding on Application Architecture

Something that took me a while to learn is how to be balanced when deciding on how to architect an application. Since at my current job I was thrown into a hybrid Architect/Developer position due to the small size of the company and my team, I didn’t really have any experience with doing it. After almost a year at it I decided to look back and see what I have done and how I can learn from mistakes and successes. Remember Why You Were Hired Why did your company hire you as a developer? If you answered ......

Posted On Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:33 PM | Comments (3)

5 Reasons Why Unit Testing is fun–and Important

Yeah, you read that right. I may be weird, but I do think that unit testing is fun. It is also very important. I didn’t know much about Unit testing when I came out of school. I think colleges need to have a class dedicated to it. But anyway, I didn’t do much of it at my previous job since I was developing the Siebel CRM. Since Siebel is an Oracle product, it involves mostly configuration and customization using built components. We did some integration testing by building any new components into ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:22 AM | Comments (4)

Embrace Problems – They Will Lead You to Knowledge

If you are a developer, you will encounter countless problems in your career. As a developer, problem solving is what you do. Still, some may try to shy away from problems in order to make their lives easier. I say do not, especially if you are a new developer or are learning a new technology. Learn to embrace problems as they come along. I am not simply referring to basic business problems, but issues that you encounter that cause weird problems that you must solve in order to continue. I’ll give ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2011 8:52 PM | Comments (0)

Build UIs the way you would want them to be built

A lesson I learned while building a module in the custom ERP I am working on at my job: build the UI the way you would want it to be built. What do I mean by this? I’ll explain by sharing my experience. There was a piece of the application that had a textbox that the user used to enter a client number. They then click the Search button to bring back the results. When I launched the application to test it out, I found myself typing in the client number and hitting the Enter key. It kind of came naturally. ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2011 8:45 PM | Comments (0)

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