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Fixed-Price Software Development (July 21, 2008)

I had been putting together some notes to write a short article about the difficulties with fixed-price software development, but Scott Ambler beat me to it. I just read his excellent piece, entitled “Is Fixed-Price Software Development Unethic (more...)

Most Popular Web Languages / Frameworks (July 26, 2007)

Update: New 2010 numbers can be found here. The other day, I was wondering to myself, “What are the most popular web frameworks right now?” Finding accurate numbers is actually pretty hard, so I decided to go to the expert: Google. Someti (more...)

Stability problems with ASP / .NET (April 3, 2007)

People always try to tell me that IIS / ASP / ASP.NET is just as stable as Apache / PHP. The Canada Post website has been down for hours, simply displaying:

A ScriptEngine threw expection ‘C0000005’ in ‘IActiveScriptParse::ParseScr


Software development is not like building a house (April 2, 2007)

A common problem with software development project management is that most people don’t really understand how it works. Programmers are often likened to construction workers. Managers view them as skilled labour, like a carpenter or brick-layer (more...)

Comparison of three major web development platforms (March 11, 2007)

I’ve created a web development summary chart comparing the major web application development platforms out there today. I’ve tried to make the comparison as unbiased as possible, and stick to mostly to business and technical reasons for c (more...)