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Comprehending Ulterior Motives and Forces around Software Technology Standards

02 July 2016 Comments off

15 minutes

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An Introduction to Software Standards What are technology standards? Essentially, a technology standard is a common agreement on the application programming interface (API) and / or communication protocol in a vertical sector. Standards can be big or small. They have a profound affect on the choices of the software developer community. When technical leaders have […]

Follow up to the “Java EE in Crisis” article

10 June 2016 Comments off

2 minutes

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Recently, I posted an blog article about the current crisis around Java EE. You might also be interested in an interview that I had with JAXenter (Java EE Guardians speak bluntly: “Java EE cannot be run exclusively by the community”). Adam Bien, a fellow Java Champion, also had his say on the current status of […]

Whether using Spring Framework or not , why we are going to lose?

30 November 2015 Comments off

6 minutes

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A couple of fays again, on the Twitter sphere, I saw blog post by Sam Atkinson called Why I hate Spring. This blog entry was written well over a year ago in 2014, but then DZone actually picked up on it and published it. Atkinson is developer actually at the time of writing is travelling […]

JavaOne 2015 continues and Java will live forever (… well maybe a LONG-TAIL)

28 October 2015 Comments off

5 minutes

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Okay. Maybe I am being over dramatic in the title. I do believe that Java, the ecosystem, the community, the virtual machine and the mother programming language will be around for a long time to come. What can deflect from it? Postulating in my hotel room with a lot time, in between adding finesse to […]

The Future – No more writing books for me anymore – Not fun

26 October 2015 Comments off

2 minutes

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In the future, you make your own or else somebody makes it for you. That’s my philosophy for things in life that you have control of. On the other hand, there are a lot of things that not in your control. It was General Eisenhower who said something about plans are useless, but planning is […]

Contracting #20 – How to get good at handling enquiries and telephone calls?

06 July 2015 2 comments

6 minutes

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I still see many contractors making the same mistakes over and over of not protecting their vital assets. Your social and business network is your life. You need to learn how to protect it and only provide suitable access for acquaintances, agents and brokers, when you know the other person reasonably well. Did you work […]

Contracting #29 – Sadly, your Job specification was chucked straight in the Digital Bin

17 June 2015 Comments off

1 minute

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I chucked another one in the digital waste bin in the sky. Good Morning, I am currently recruiting for a Lead Developer with strong Javascript for a client based in Central London, this is a permanent role and I wanted to establish if this might be of interest to yourself? I have listed details of […]

JavaOne 2014: Conferences conflict with contractual interests

08 October 2014 Comments off

5 minutes

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  The Duke’s Street Cafe where engineers can have a hallway conversation on the street. Incompatible with contracting   Photo License My photos are licensed under Creative Commons License 2.5. You must include the license. You must attribute the source. You cannot use my work, the source for commercial activities. You cannot edit or derive […]

Where Are All The Black People in IT?

05 July 2014 3 comments

4 minutes

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Recently, I flicked through the faces of all of the presentations titles from Google I/O 2014 videos, I saw only one person who was black. She was from Ethiopia and was talking about a very worthy cause, solving the food shortage in Africa and making the cost of food production cheaper so that everyone could […]

Contractor Rates Don’t Track With Inflation

30 June 2014 2 comments

5 minutes

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Contractor rates have not been tracking inflation in the United Kingdom for the past decade from 2004 to 2014. I found some information from the IT Jobs Watch site to back this claim. Source data: IT Jobs Watch site on Java People complain about contractors being expensive, but we have to take care of our […]

Your Next PR Disaster is Inevitable When You Provide No Feedback

25 December 2012 Comments off

6 minutes

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This is a warning to the reader; your might feel at the end of this entry that it is all Dickens’s Christmas Carol and “Bah! Humbug!”. You would be rightfully semi-accurate in your analysis, of course. Quite simply, I hate when I go to an interview that is either face-to-face with a potential employer, or […]

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