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2021   #11 - A Better Resume for Developers: Stuck in lock down with time on my hands and an itch to work on something new, I picked back up a side project I started about a decade ago, to build a better resume for developers. (9 comments)

2020   #10 - The Myth of Architect as Chess Master: The expectation for the architect should be to setup the framework or process by which good "moves" are made. (13 comments)

2018   #9 - The Reality of Reuse: Overly optimistic expectation for the benefits and ease of reuse is one of the most pervasive and pernicious traps in software development (11 comments)

2016   #8 - Reflections of an 'Old Programmer': Framing our programming careers in terms of knowledge accumulation and decay can yield some interesting insights. (115 comments)

2014   #7 - The Siren Song of Automated UI Testing: Automated UI testing is not necessarily ineffective or a waste of time, but the promise land of easy, cheap, human quality testing via automation is a chimera. (14 comments)

2013   #6 - The 3 Motivational Forces of Developers: After 15 years in industry, I've come to realize that the most defining quality of a developer is his source of motivation. (26 comments)

   #5 - Pair Programming - My Personal Nightmare: Pair Programming may work for some, but not for everyone (including me). Quality work can and is often done by people working quietly on their own. (83 comments)

2012   #4 - The User Interface and the Halo Effect: Understanding why minor user interface glitches carry such a high weight in terms of our customer's perception of quality. (23 comments)

2011   #3 - A Room Full of Techies: Understanding the phenomenon of group polarization in software development. (17 comments)

2009   #2 - Anchors Away!: How can a developer communicate an honest, but high, estimate to management? Try the concept of an anchor, from behavioral economics. (21 comments)

2007   #1 - Is it Irrational to Comment your Code?: We know we should comment code, but will we? Game Theory's Prisoner's Dilemma says, "probably not". (8 comments)

I'm an "old programmer" who has been blogging for almost 20 years now. In 2017, I started Highline Solutions, a consulting company that helps with software architecture and full-stack development. I have two degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, one practical (Information and Decision Systems) and one not so much (Philosophy - thesis here). Pittsburgh, PA is my home where I live with my wife and 3 energetic boys.
I recently released a web app called TechRez, a "better resume for tech". The idea is that instead of sending out the same-old static PDF resume that's jam packed with buzz words and spans multiple pages, you can create a TechRez, which is modern, visual, and interactive. Try it out for free!