Retweet August 2009

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • sudo gem install mixico; wishing sudo gem install vacation.
  • Version control tools need a better way to diff source history than just diffing two versions of a file…
  • If all bug defects are set to high priority, how are you to know, which one are really really really important ones?
  • I have 20 bugs marked a high priority, but some are higher than others. In addition to the having a priority and severity on defects we need color code too, ‘high pink’ is lower than ‘high crimson.’
  • Just remember, a two line fix can cost you a two hundred thousand dollar deal! Any code change to a production system must be tested.
  • LOL, getting a NullPointerException in a method called initNullValues.
  • Give me open source or give me piracy!
  • Let your users help drive the development of your product, not the accountants.

Team Leadership

  • Sometimes it seems that team meetings are anti-team building!
  • You can still compare apples to oranges, but it is harder to compare apples to some ill-perceived subjective metric.
  • Sometimes people tell you whatever you want to hear, because you are not listening to whatever they are trying to say.
  • People are crazy, and you getting upset about other people’s craziness, will make you crazy.
  • Not losing is not winning.
  • Take your competitors and make them your competitive advantage.

Product Placement

  • I don’t think Apple sponsored #iPhoneDevCamp 3, which is interesting because the iPhone dev camps generate a lot of business for Apple.
  • One feature implemented in many MS products is to restrict other features unless you upgrade from the home to the super business edition.
  • Why does Edible Arrangements require an answer to the following question ‘How did you hear about us?’ before I can place an order?
  • Finally figured out how to cancel @UsWeekly, just typical of a old media company their web site/design/usability makes absolutely no sense!
  • Facebook adds so many obstacles before you can follow someone… It’s like they don’t really want you to have friends.
  • Updating and adding new plugins on my WordPress bloggie! Plugins are like bling for blog!
  • You might have heard of ttyl, maybe of ttyn, but what about ttyat&t? ttyat&t: Talk To You if I get cell reception from AT&T.

Business Planning

  • When you have lemons don’t just make lemonade, make lemon cake too!
  • Having your mommy pay for your business plan is not a business plan.
  • Everyone has a million dollar idea, I have a billion dollar idea, care to invest?
  • Cash in your million dollar idea!
  • If content is king, then context is like emperor.

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