Software development is never just about writing code. Programming is only a small part of the software development work. The rest touches and intervenes with a whole lot of other areas – documentation, support, testing, marketing, and so on and so forth. Recently, Slashdot ran this story on the art of writing release notes. There are a couple of links from the story to this article on IEEE and this on TechCrunch.
These provide a lot to think about, at least for someone who wrote nearly 300 release notes just this year alone (yeah, we had to catch up on historical releases).
Marco Pivetta makes quite a few good points with I agree (and a few with which I disagree). One thing that he mentioned though I haven’t heard about – Object Calisthenics. Which turns out to be yet another set of rules and best practices for the object-oriented design and programming. Here are the rules to get you started:
With all the recent hype around artificial intelligence, this thing that I came across today is a breath of fresh air. The subject is: fungal intelligence. “WTF?”, I hear you ask. Have a look at this tiny video:
Crazy, right? Well, crazy enough to be found in this article at Nature.com. And, how the heck did I end up there? That’s the first link in the Google search results for “fungal intelligence”, which I had to look up after watching this video:
Here are a whole lot of “Performance Tuning – Tips & Tricks” directly from the Nginx team. I’m sure you’ve seen bits and pieces of these all over the place, but it’s nice to have them all together and from the credible source as well.