The Eternal Struggle Between Business and Programmers

08 August 2014
At Øredev 2013, I asked managers to tell me what makes their job difficult. I spoke to one manager who told me an all-too-common story about facing immense pressure from the board of directors to deliver more features more often and similar pressure from the programmers to give them more time to refactor.

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The Dentist Office Software Story

06 August 2014
I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy. Yesterday I told it at a HackNY event we did at the USV office and my partner Albert provided a finishing touch that really drives it home. Since I’ve never told the Dentist Office Software story here at AVC, I will do that and then I will add Albert’s alternate (and better) ending.

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How Microsoft dragged its development practices into the 21st century

06 August 2014
The wretched waterfall The waterfall process has always been regarded with suspicion. Even when first named and described in the 1970s, it was not regarded as an ideal process that organizations should aspire to. Rather, it was a description of a process that organizations used but which had a number of flaws that made it unsuitable to most development tasks. It has, however, persisted. It's still being commonly used today because it has a kind of intuitive appeal. For example, lots of companies develop in-house applications to automate various business processes. In the course of developing these applications, it's often discovered that the old process just isn't that great. Developers will discover that there are redundant steps, or that two processes should be merged into one, or that one should be split into two. Electronic forms that mirror paper forms in their layout and sequence can provide familiarity, but it's often the case that rearranging the forms can be more logical. Processes that were thought to be understood and performed by the book can be found to work a little differently in practice.

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Thank you Railscasts

11 January 2013
Railscasts has always been my favourite Rails ressource. I use it since I started learning Rails four years ago and I just love the pedagogy and the choice of subjects. I'm now a pro member, and I just wanted to say thank you. If you don't know Railscasts, check it here:

Groupon Buys Rails Software Development Startup Obtiva

04 August 2011
Groupon has just announced its acquisition of Obtiva, a Chicago based Ruby on Rails firm.

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07 June 2011
We bought a company called Heroku, which offers Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails is the fastest growing language on the Web today. from CEO Marc Benioff

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Building a Killer Startup? Get Ruby on Rails

31 May 2011
“Ruby on Rails is a framework,” said John. “It has all the key parts of an application already predefined. This means that a good programmer can look at existing code and understand how it works.”

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Here's Why Ruby On Rails Is Hot

12 May 2011
I believe that Ruby on Rails is on fire because it is the most productive way to build web applications. This is a conclusion that I’ve drawn first hand by building Rails applications for customers for nearly five years.

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Enquête BMO 2011 : 28 850 projets de recrutements dans l'IT

18 April 2011
Les informaticiens font partie des 10 spécialités les plus difficiles à trouver [...]

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Life beyond HTTP 1.1: Google’s SPDY

12 April 2011
Google's servers are also SPDY enabled. In other words, if you use Chrome, and you're using Google services, then many of those pages are not arriving to you over HTTP - you are actually running over SPDY!

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