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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…

Remote vs. in-office software teams: Which is better?

The increased acceptance of remote versus co-located teams and the availability of effective tools that enable it are among the most significant trends affecting technology industry employment today. The effect of these changes ranges from changes to the lifestyles of individual workers to potential disruption in the global economy. As with most things in business, productivity and…

The most popular JavaScript front-end tools

Choosing a development tool based on its popularity isn’t a bad idea. Popular tools are usually more stable, and they often have more resources and community support than less popular tools. Developer satisfaction is another key indicator of a good tool, and for the JavaScript ecosystem, I'm going to show you some significant research…

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