Email: Simple Guidelines for Workday Quality Over Quantity
Monty says: Oops, we did it again (MySQL 5.1 released as GA with crashing bugs)
Andrew is the original developer of MySQL & has recently left Sun.
The reason I am asking you to be very cautious about MySQL 5.1 is that there are still many known and unknown fatal bugs in the new features that are still not addressed.The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart
http://www.fastcompany.com/node/54763/print fastcompany fastcompanyfastcompany NotoWal-Mart
""As I look at the three years Snapper has been with you," he told the vice president, "every year the price has come down. Every year the content of the product has gone up. We're at a position where, first, it's still priced where it doesn't meet the needs of your clientele. For Wal-Mart, it's still too high-priced. I think you'd agree with that. Now, at the price I'm selling to you today, I'm not making any money on it. And if we do what you want next year, I'll lose money. I could do that and not go out of business. But we have this independent-dealer channel. And 80% of our business is over here with them. And I can't put them at a competitive disadvantage. If I do that, I lose everything. So this just isn't a compatible fit."" A repost of an article doing the rounds a few months ago. Not saying nothing about Kindle.
There are a lot of parallels to Web design here.
"Wier traveled to Bentonville with a firm grasp of the values of Snapper, the dynamics of the lawn-mower business, the needs of the dealers, the needs of the Snapper customer, and the needs of the Wal-Mart customer. He was not dazzled by the tens of millions of dollars' worth of lawn mowers Wal-Mart was already selling for Snapper; he was not deluded about his ability to beat Wal-Mart at its own game, to somehow resist the price pressure. He was not imagining that he could take the sales now and figure out the profits later."
Jim Wier, the CEO of Snapper Mowers, flies to Wal-mart headquarters to tell them he no longer wants to offer Snapper mowers in their stores.Quality Assurance Tools for PHP - Sebastian Bergmann
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Quality is a word that a lot of people like to use when describing their web design services. But what is quality, how do you know if a design is quality or not. Well, I think that there’s quite a few ways to spot quality within web designs. Once you can see just what goes into making a quality web design, you can use the techniques to perfect your own style. I’ve put together a few pointers, and collected some examples to explain just how I look for quality within a website design.The Sizzling Sound of Music - O'Reilly Radar
RT @timoreilly: Post by @dalepd about how people are actually starting to prefer the sound of Mp3 http://bit.ly/sn2Yw [from http://twitter.com/NicMcPhee/statuses/1331634656]
students increasingly prefering the sound of MP3 over higher quality music:Photoshop Tips From The Pros - Outdoor Photographer | OutdoorPhotographer.com
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With todays digital tools, not only do photographers rely on a great eye, time-tested technique and quality equipment, but also on their ability to optimize images after capture using Photoshop and other tools.How SQLite Is Tested
Describes the testing of SQLite. Great overview of various testing techniques and how they've been applied to a significant software project.Situated Geekery » Blog Archive » How TDD and Pairing Increase Production
I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like some of these folks try too hard to soft-sell the excellent way presented by test-driven development (TDD) and pair programming (PP). A lot of alleged agilists make this argument: you see, by PP’ing and TDDing, you will greatly increase your quality, so even though your productivity goes down, you get the coolest glow by knowing in your heart of hearts that you are a good citizen of the coding world. I call bullshit. Not only is it not true that you can trade internal quality for more features, it’s actually the exact opposite case: the more productivity you seek, the higher you should raise your standard of internal quality. That’s right, that’s what GeePaw says. If you want more production, look first to raising your internal quality. So, how can such things be? 1. Because internal quality and external quality are not the same things. 2. Because the biggest single determinant in today’s production is the quality of yesterday’s product
Towards a Way of Excellence
Sometimes I feel like some of these folks try too hard to soft-sell the excellent way presented by test-driven development (TDD) and pair programming (PP). A lot of alleged agilists make this argument: you see, by PP’ing and TDDing, you will greatly increase your quality, so even though your productivity goes down, you get the coolest glow by knowing in your heart of hearts that you are a good citizen of the coding world. I call bullshit.Quality-Price-Ratio in Web Design (Pricing Design Work) | How-To | Smashing Magazine
Business aspects of design; pricing
I’m about to make a bold statement. The quality of a design and the monetary cost of producing or procuring that design have absolutely no relationship whatsoever. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, I know. Many of you are crying foul at this very moment, but hear me out. I’ll explain my radical position – and hopefully give you a few pointers about how to more effectively price and position your design business in this brave new, and uncorrelated, world.
Perhaps the best article on web design pricing I've ever read. This insightful story should be ready by every web designer.Ruby on Rails Code Quality Checklist - Matthew Paul Moore
As ThriveSmart hires more developers - not all of them Ruby or Ruby on Rails experts - there's a growing need to ensure that code and design strategies maintain an extremely high level of quality across different projects. My good friend Dan and I assembled this checklist that all of our teams are expected to sign off on for each of their projects. It's an evolving list, but here's a snapshot of it.8 Ways Doing Less Can Transform Your Work & Life
Most productivity blogs and books will teach you how to do more, to get more done, to be more productive. I want to teach you to do less, to get less done, to be less productive.
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How they write the software for the Space Shuttle
NASA space shuttle software development
As the 120-ton space shuttle sits surrounded by almost 4 million pounds of rocket fuel, exhaling noxious fumes, visibly impatient to defy gravity, its on-board computers take command.Laurence Tratt: How can C Programs be so Reliable?
How can C Programs be so Reliable?22 Fresh High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs | Freebies
This week, we are bringing you more high-quality fonts that have been created in just the past few months. There are 22 in all and they’re all free. There are a few however that will require a quick registration, but they are well worth it.Image Quality Database
DxO Labs’ Image Quality Database (IQ Database) allows you to access a large set of image quality measurements that DxO Labs has performed on more than 30 commercial digital cameras.
DxO Labs’ Image Quality Database (IQ Database) allows you to access a large set of image quality measurements that DxO Labs has performed on more than 30 commercial digital cameras. (We will regularly update this section with additional performance data for other commercial products as they become available.) The DxOMark Sensor scale and its three constituent metrics shown in the DxOMark section aggregate the full set of measurement data from the IQ Database.Tip: High quality CSS thumbnails in IE7 « Devthought
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all you have to do to succeed as a software project is to suck less with every release. It doesn’t matter how much competition you have, or how many buzzword-friendly features you can cram into your interface. Just suck less, and you’ll succeed.
Every once and awhile a piece comes along and states a simple truth so elegantly, so matter-of-factly, that its hard not to share.
"add new features that don’t fix the sucking?...the patience of the individual user is going to run out"
All you have to do to succeed in software is to consistently suck less with every release. Nobody would say that Bugzilla 2.18 was awesome, but everybody would say that it sucked less than Bugzilla 2.16 did. Bugzilla 2.20 wasn’t perfect, but without a doubt, it sucked less than Bugzilla 2.18. And then Bugzilla 3.0 fixed a whole lot of sucking in Bugzilla, and it got a whole lot more downloads.
As long as you update regularly and keep fixing problems, your software will grow in popularity.Love (and annoying)
@d7y @IamSB reminds me of Seth Godin's post about making a product that people love vs making it less annoying: http://bit.ly/44qEJay Fields' Thoughts: Thoughts on Developer Testing
Excellent overview article on the goals of testing and various alternative testing strategies
some software is internal and not mission critical. In that
A post about testing, full of "from the field" advices. Number one: if it hurts you're doing it wrong. Jay describes a situation where common test patterns or tools are applied without a conscious decision like a big design up-front. Contextualize is again the keyword. There was a time I did the same: I thought mock-all development was the way to go and I started mocking all collaborators to discover interfaces. Which is of course not bad at all! The problem is if you decide that is the only approach possible for the entire application. Test maintenance is going to eat 100% of your time.:jasonrudolph => :blog » Testing Anti-Patterns: How to Fail With 100% Test Coverage
Lots of great anti-patterns. I especially like The Ugly Mirror
Jason Rudolph - Programmer, consultant, speaker, and author specializing in Ruby, Rails, Groovy, and Grailsdanieltenner.com — Counting hours doesn't make sense
A great blog post advocating results and 'amount of energy expended' rather than hours put into, work.How to Spot Quality within Web Design: Examples & Tips
for learningMAKE: Blog: Embed high-res Youtube videos
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Back in march, it was discovered that when you view a video directly on Youtube, you could add a "&fmt=18" to the URL to enable a higher quality, higher resolution stream which is encoded with the H.264 codec. To make this work in an embedded video, however, you need a slightly different hack. After pasting the embed code into a blog post, adjust the two video URLs (one in a param tag and one as the src parameter in the embed tag) by adding "&ap=%2526fmt%3D18" to the end.
Embed high-res Youtube videosjessenoller.com » Blog Archive » The cost of (not) testing software
"Essentially, it is in your best interest, as a developer, as a team, to encourage lots and lots of tests lower in the stacks shown here. It starts with comprehensive, checked in unit tests. It continues with having a strong, repeatable testing discipline (for which I recommend test automation)."
As a long-time automation-engineer/test-focused guy I've pondered the great existential question of "how much testing" is enough for awhile. More recently, I've started focusing on the cost of not testing a product.20 High Quality Black Color Wordpress Themes For Free Download
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