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October 7, 2010

ColdFusion Alive and Well – eWeek Article

Filed under: Business of Software, ColdFusion, General Development, Performance — Patrick Quinn @ 12:59 pm
I recently posted an article about ColdFusion performance myths (“(Bollox to) ColdFusion is Slow“), and a related myth we hear quite often is in the “ColdFusion is dying” category (or even more amusing is the already-dead variation). If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a piece in eWeek magazine showcasing ColdFusion. I’m an eWeek subscriber, [...]

April 6, 2010

ColdFusion Support Plans

Filed under: Business of Software, ColdFusion, Miscellaneous, Performance — Patrick Quinn @ 2:12 pm
For the past decade, our team here at Webapper has been delivering specialized software services focused on ColdFusion performance and stability. Up until now, we had only offered that expertise in the form of “retail” consulting services. This model works roughly like conventional medicine–wait until you’re sick, then call a doctor. Sure, docs can do [...]

June 20, 2008

Reviving the Lost Craft of Writing Specification Documents

Filed under: Business of Software, General Development — Tags: — Nat Papovich @ 6:22 am
My CFUnited presentation went very well – the room was pretty full and I had a bunch of great questions from the audience. If you were there, thank you for showing up! Here are the materials: Reviving the Lost Craft of Writing Specifications.zip, a zip-up of the PowerPoint presentation. It’s 144 slides and about a 14 MB [...]

April 14, 2008

Dont have a scope? Need a fixed bid?

Filed under: Business of Software, General Development — Tags: — Nat Papovich @ 3:25 pm
Here’s another section from my presentation at CFUnited: // This segues into the question of what to do when the customer needs an “estimate” or requires a “fixed bid”? I think I just answered that one – you write a thorough spec doc, break it down into tasks and provide an estimate based on your anticipated schedule. [...]

April 10, 2008

New Job Title: Front End Engineer

Filed under: Business of Software, User Interface — Tags: — Patrick Quinn @ 9:15 am
There’s a pretty good article about job titles in the current ColdFusion Developer’s Journal: Are the Job Titles “Web Designer” and “Web Developer” Too General? – There are a lot of professions that have emerged from the web: designers, developers, strategists, search engine optimists, information architects, usability and accessibility consultants, the list goes on… Today, [...]

April 9, 2008

Three Phases of Programmer Development

Filed under: Business of Software, JVM & Java — Tags: — Daryl Banttari @ 10:12 am
I was reading with some amusement Doug Boude’s retort to a Java purist that was dismissing ColdFusion for being too… simple? to be considered a “real” language, and I was reminded of a topic I commonly rant on. It’s what I call the Three Phases of Programmer Development. Phase One A novice programmer is happy to [...]

March 26, 2008

What About Data-Centric Applications?

Filed under: Business of Software, General Development — Tags: — Nat Papovich @ 10:38 am
I’ve been working on my CFUnited presentation titled “Reviving the Lost Craft of Writing Specifications” and want to publish another teaser that might make it into the final version. This is raw, rough, uncut and unedited so beware. // What About Data-Centric Applications? Early in the project, you need to determine whether this is a data- centric [...]

March 12, 2008

Building treehouses in code

Filed under: Business of Software, General Development — Tags: — Nat Papovich @ 9:47 am
I’ve been working on my CFUnited presentation titled “Reviving the Lost Craft of Writing Specifications” and thought I’d publish a teaser that might make it into the final version. This is raw, rough, uncut and unedited so beware. // Sometimes, a client knows what they want in the end, but really truly can’t tell you all the [...]

January 17, 2008

New Categories – UI and Business of Software

Filed under: Business of Software — Tags: — Patrick Quinn @ 9:00 am
We’re adding two new categories to the Webapper blog. I’ve always been fascinated with user interface design challenges, not least of which because the browser has always been a difficult place, to say the least, to build software. So one of my resolutions in 2008 is to do more writing on the topic–book reviews (currently [...]

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