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Case Study: Using Agile

This post describes how we helped one of our clients move from a traditional waterfall development process to agile. Agile was first introduced  into the formal SDLC process in 2010. Starting with the use of Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server, TFS, all of the projects implemented used a hybrid model where the key concept of iterative development was enforced. Iterations were time-boxed in and then reviewed during the retrospective. The end of the iteration required that the application be deployed on its own (through a separate divison) in their own environments. This ensured all aspects of the application were working. This is …

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Virtual FoxFest 2022 Coming up

In October 2022, Virtual FoxFest returns and if past events are any indication, there should be a lot of great sessions for FoxPro developers who want to ensure their skills are ready for what’s happening in the development world. From supporting legacy applications to moving existing applications into the web-based world, Tamar, Doug and Rick have always done an amazing job at this conference. But what makes the conference is the wide breadth of topics and that relies on you. You may not think you have something valuable to share but in my experience, there are very few developers who …

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Brandon Savage: Hating Old Code Is a Sign Of Growth

Hating old code is a sign of growth. Note: Brandon Savage is a PHP developer whose newsletter “Modernization Tips in under 100 words” holds a wealth of ideas for developers of all stripes. From time to time, I repeat some of these here, attributed to Brandon, of course.  In late 2021 I took a hard look at some code I wrote back in 2013. I hated it. The design was all wrong, it didn’t follow best practices or good standards, and it was a mess. A product of its time, sure: there were no type hints, no return value definitions, and no …

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Virtual FoxFest 2021

You can’t keep a good conference down. Virtual FoxFest is 1/3rd in, having started on October 14th. While you will be able to see some of the sessions online, there’s nothing quite like using the virtual session switcher available in The Hopin experience. It’s also staggered so you can choose which days you want to attend – October 14th, 20th and 26th. This is great if you can’t break away for a consecutive three days. I’ve gone through the sessions and I see five great sessions that I’m eager to check out. 1. A Decade of Thor (Rick Schummer). Thor …

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Canadian Heritage

Mr. MacNeill provided development and support for the latest versions of the Tax Credit Online System, also known as GCBO, starting in the fall of 2015 to its most recent version in 2021, delivering enhanced usability and client-side performance for online applications. Mr. MacNeill has been one of the lead architects behind the new web-based version for the system, using .NetCore API and Vue for a more responsive interface. Mr. MacNeill has acted as a representative of the PCH development group for both internal and external clients in a series of engagement meetings, helping the change management process. Mr. MacNeill assisted with …

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Always Be Releasing

In reviewing older posts, I came across this little gem that hadn’t been posted but is particularly relevant to development today. It’s a short post but hits on a key point for developers and anyone involved in a project that seems to be going on and on: I burn out when I’m not releasing. One of my clients recently started trying some agile practices like iterative development. After doing three three-week iterations, the testing team felt like they needed more opportunity to test within those periods, so we switched to one-week iterations. Ouch — that’s tight and then I re-read …

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AKSEL

Our business philosophy is simple: Get It Done. Right. Businesses today often spend thousands of dollars on consultants who set up shop in their offices and attempt to lead businesses, identifying new problems that need to be fixed – in short, making the consulting company a body shop, staying at the business often for years, building up projects but also a lot of hours. While there is always a need for scope planning and discussions, many businesses already have a solution in mind or know what problem they need to have resolved. This is when you need someone to come …

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5 Great Reasons to attend Virtual FoxFest

What’s coming up? Virtual FoxFest is coming up soon (sessions start October 14th). Like last year, the conference is entirely virtual yet includes great breakdown rooms and sessions to add that nice one-on-one feel that you get in person. It’s also staggered so you can choose which days you want to attend – October 14th, 20th and 26th. This is great if you can’t break away for a consecutive three days. But really, I’ve gone through the sessions and I see five great sessions that I’m eager to check out. 1. A Decade of Thor (Rick Schummer) Thor has been …

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Twenty Is Myth

https://anildash.com/2021/09/11/twenty-is-myth/ Anil Dash has written a post of remembrance every year since September 11th, 2001 (yes, on the day). His blog has lots of other great things on it – but the ONE post I always look for is his post. We were away at DevCon in San Diego that day. I was up early and was able to absorb the news firsthand. I have an affinity to New York for a number of reasons: my sister lived there, we honeymooned there and it is New York. But the days that immediately followed in 2001, I saw the heartbreak of …

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Why the js/ts Visual Studio Experience is a welcome addition and what it needs more

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/visualstudio/the-new-javascript-typescript-experience-in-vs-2022-preview-3/ The promise noted in this announcement sounds very exciting. Sure, you can do most of this already with VS Code – but encouraging this type of development directly in Visual Studio is awesome. The one thing I would like to see is built-in support for Cypress – my e2e testing tool of choice. (Https://www.cypress.it) – which is a great tool for Vue and React apps.

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