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12 must-listen software engineering podcast episodes

I listen to hours of developer-focused podcasts each week covering tech, current affairs, board games, and general geekery. I even started my own podcast, which I have a lot of fun making. Hundreds of developers have written blog posts recommending thousands of different podcast series. There's no shortage of such recommendations for software…

Four DevOps tools every database developer should have

DevOps is the process by which you identify and streamline your application development and release processes. The process part of DevOps begins with the identification of the parts of the development and release process that take the longest to complete, creating a bottleneck. Often, the database change process is the bottleneck. That’s not…

35 programming habits that make your code smell

Bad habits are hard to break and even harder if you don't realize that what you're doing is undermining your work. If you know but don't care—that would be the worst. But you're here, aren't you? As a programmer, I've seen a lot of poor practices, not just around code,…

How software communities can create jobs and stimulate the economy

The software industry is well-positioned to buck this trend, to create jobs through learning opportunities. The South African economy is at a tipping point. Slow economic growth and the recent downgrading of the sovereign rating has dire consequences for job creation and business growth. In times like these, businesses start…

An agile leader's guide to writing user stories

One of the biggest challenges in software development is the nearly impossible task of gathering clear requirements and then getting those requirements to remain unchanged during code development. In the waterfall approach to software development—despite efforts to define, document, and approve every possible contingency before development begins—the delivered product is rarely what the customer…

How Mark Shuttleworth became the first African in space and launched a software revolution

In an inside look at the Ubuntu founder and space pioneer, TechRepublic shows what Mark Shuttleworth has learned about innovation, cybersecurity, the future of tech, and planet Earth. I meet Mark Shuttleworth in the café of a cinema in the center of London, which is fitting, because he's about as…

Modern Agile and Heart of Agile: A new focus for agile development

Recently there's been some new thinking around agile methodologies and processes to possibly bring those disillusioned with agile and scrum back into the fold. Two movements have emerged: Agile 2016 keynote speaker, Joshua Kerievsky's "Modern Agile" and Agile Manifesto signatory Alistair Cockburn’s "Heart of Agile." Both emphasize getting back to basics, using a principle-based strategy that  can be used…

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