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Person typing with multiple monitors up with different programming languages Comparing Java and Ruby

Java and Ruby are both open source languages, and both are ranked in the top 20 of the TIOBE index for most popular programming languages. If you want to learn a new language and are trying to decide between these two, let’s explore common differences in syntax and constructs to discover which may be more useful for you.

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Deepak Vohra
Laptop with two windows of code up side by side Comparing Ruby and PHP

Ruby and PHP are both open source languages, and both are ranked in the top 20 of the TIOBE index for most popular programming languages. If you want to learn a new language and are trying to decide between these two, let’s explore common differences in syntax and constructs to discover which may be more useful for you.

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Deepak Vohra
Person test-driving on a simulator Software Features to Avoid in a Production Environment

When developing an application, it’s best practice not to use certain software features in a production environment. These include features related to programming language, the OS, the database, a framework, a web or application server, or a tool. You have to consider the production setup to avoid bugs or server crashes.

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Deepak Vohra
Software engineer looking at her computer monitors and integrating code Code Integration: When Moving Slowly Actually Has More Risk

Many decisions about code branching models are made in the name of managing risk, and teams sometimes pick models that make integration harder in the name of safety. Moving slowly and placing barriers to change can seem safer, but agile teams work best when they acknowledge that there is also risk in deferring change.

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Steve Berczuk
Looking at code through eyeglasses Fearless Refactoring, Not Reckless Refactoring

Fearless refactoring is the agile concept that a developer should be able to incrementally change code without worrying about breaking it. But it's not believing that you don't need a safety net to detect and correct defects quickly when changes are made—that's just reckless. Here's how to avoid reckless refactoring.

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Jeffery Payne
Basketball player playing defense Defensive Design Strategies to Prevent Flaky Tests

Flaky tests could be the result of issues in the code, but more often they are due to assumptions in the test code that lead to non-relatable results. There are many reasons that tests can fail intermittently, and some can be easily avoided by applying good defensive design strategies. It's all about making your code agile.

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Steve Berczuk
Developer typing programming language Comparing XML and JSON: What’s the Difference?

XML (Extensible Markup Language) and JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) are the two most common formats for data interchange. Although either can be used to receive data from a web server, there are differences that set them apart. Here are the abilities and support for each option so you can choose what works for you.

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Deepak Vohra
Laptop showing HTML code Why UX Is More Important Than Coding

When it comes to your project succeeding, the quality of the code is secondary to user experience. That's because software is all about making users' jobs easier. If you start coding in a vacuum without understanding what your users need to do, you can't be sure you’re making the right thing. You need UX research.

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Chris Spalton