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The definitive way to implement a singleton in java

I’ve been interviewing a bunch of candidates lately ( we are hiring ) for a senior java developer’s position, and i’ve come to realize how far from the basics numerous people have become.  You ask them about some ajax feature,… Continue Reading →

Day programmer vs Night programmer : revisited

A couple days ago DZone linked to the following article. The author goes on to define a Day programmer as someone who write code for a living, being mostly incompetant at their job, just doing this for a paycheck.  He… Continue Reading →

Best User Instruction manual ever

I’ve seen some pretty creative ones over the years, mostly online manuals, but this one has to take the cake.  When I saw this, I couldn’t resist sharing it. The idea of having a step by step guide, available to… Continue Reading →

PIPA/SOPA: Stopped they must be; on this all depends.

Being Canadian, I have no senator, governor or anyone else to write to about stopping PIPA/SOPA.  All I have is my lonely blog and my free speech, so this is me showing my support.  SOPA/PIPA can and most likely mean… Continue Reading →

Layoffs: The execution

Layoffs are unfortunately a part of most industries, and the technology sector ( or department ) is no different, in fact we are often some of the first to be hit. The execution of the layoffs ( pun intended )… Continue Reading →

Layoffs: how to know where to cut

The motivation behind this post is two recent series of layoffs I have been witness to.  One in my former employer’s ranks, and one in my current employer’s ranks.  These are not the first layoffs i’ve seen, I was witness… Continue Reading →

Building your A team

A couple days ago, I came across a blog entry that talked about building your A Team. An A Team is, for me, a list of individuals that you can feel comfortable surrounding yourself with, and that things will get… Continue Reading →

Steve Jobs: the man, the inspiration, the icon

To those of you who know me well, you will probably be surprised by this post, but some things transcend preference, and affect us all. I am not a big fan of most Apple products, and have had questionable doubt… Continue Reading →

Nexus S/Android review

Back in May i was faced with replacing my IPhone4 with another mobile device. The reason i needed to change was that i was changing jobs and the phone was a company phone. Being in Canada, i was going to… Continue Reading →

Easing the pain of Database maintenance on android

I’ve been working on a couple android apps for the past couple weeks, and have gone through some of the “new platform” growing pains.  Not that Android is the problem, just the changing from a platform/framework that I am familiar… Continue Reading →

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