Latest Blog Posts
Adopting a Performance Focus With Software Development by Mitchel Sellers
Over the past few years I have given a number of talks and written multiple blog posts on the topic of performance optimization as it relates to software development. These postings have been very technical in nature and focus greatly on the problem solving aspects of application performance. However as I review my presentations one of the most critical aspects of application performance is actually business organization and dedication to application performance. In this post I would like to review the common approaches that I see within development teams and easy ways for management to encourage positive change to focus more on development.
Developers & Recruiters: Managing the Relationship by Mitchel Sellers
For one reason or another in my entire career I have helped to mentor others in professional development and educational topics. I think this comes from getting involved in educational environments within a few years of starting the "real job." Over the years I have shared a lot of information with others that over time I have been able to see the benefits. A recent situation locally got me thinking about some of these topics and I decided to create a new category here on the blog around "Professional Development" to help share some of these tips and tricks. In this first post I'm going to talk about something that can be create very sticky situations and that is the relationship between developers and recruiters. Although applicable to other industries, my thoughts and experiences are based on working with IT recruiters which seem to have a few different needs/styles than others.
DNN Quick Tip: Ajax Postback Controls by Mitchel Sellers
In an effort to get more regular content out here to the blog I am going to try and resume my "Quick Tips" posts. These are much shorter posts than some of the more involved ones that I do, but cover common questions and tips that I get via email. A very common request that I get from developers after they have set the "SupportsPartialRendering" flag within their module manifest is how can they set a control to force a postback quickly & easily. Lets investigate!
Vendor API Integrations: Developer Beware by Mitchel Sellers
Since I started IowaComputerGurus in early 2006 I have worked on more than 100 different vendor API integrations. Now two integrations have been the same, even if they are both going to the same vendor API. Each integration project is a unique beast, the business requirements however similar are exactly that, similar. The small changes, the small tweaks that you might have from one client to another on the same platform can be catastrophic. Having done so many of these, I thought I had seen it all, from poor API's, to poor support, and everything in-between I could go on for days with the things I've experienced over the years. However, after two recent experiences, by far the most horrible I've ever experienced I thought I'd share a few lessons learned to help others out there learn from my experience over the last 4-6 months.