Annoyed user

Don’t Forget about the User

I expect that, by now, every one knows about the importance of good user interface design. Every business analyst, every tester, every developer, every user, every manager. Every one knows how important it is to make it easy for your user to find what he or she needs.

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Some things get better with age

Some things get better with age, like wine, and whiskey, and cheese. And jeans. And, apparently, cast-iron skillets.

Technology doesn’t

Nobody ever says that technology gets better with age. Old technology is … well, old technology. Have you ever tried to install your favourite app on a not-so-smart older cell phone? Continue reading

The benefits of a (REAL) classroom

One of the delegates on a recent SQL course made this comment on her course evaluation form:

Having tried numerous online courses, this is the first time I understood SQL and was able to write queries. 😊 Thank you”

This is not the first time this year we’ve had a comment along these lines. The past few years have seen an increase in the use of online learning. Some of our clients have no budget for classroom-based training. Instead they have bought packages from organisations like Udemy, and their employees have only e-learning as an option.

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Oops! Mistake.

It’s Not Actually a Bug

Programmers need to be trained. Just because they can do something, doesn’t mean they can’t do it better.

If you don’t know how something works, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It just means you don’t know how it works.

In the 17th century, Alexander Pope famously said: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.”

Who would have thought that his words would apply so well to 21st century systems? Continue reading

Creating a Relocatable Apache 2.4 with PHP 7.2

Several packaged versions of Apache and PHP (often bundled together with MariaDB or MySQL) are avail­able. You may, however, want more control, or to understand how to create your own version. This document describes the process to create a relocatable (portable) de­vel­op­ment environment with Apache and PHP.

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