Jacob Orshalick is a software consultant, open source developer, speaker, and author. He is the owner of solutionsfit and co-author of the best-selling Seam Framework: Experience the Evolution of Java EE His software development experience spans the retail, financial, real estate, media, telecommunications, law enforcement, and health care industries.
With the number of mobile devices expected to exceed the world's population this year, we can't ignore the trend. Incorporating responsive web design principles into your application will ensure that making your application mobile-friendly is a much easier undertaking.
When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. You may have heard this quote before, but it applies well to software technology choices. The key to choosing an appropriate technology for a software solution is to avoid bias and carefully consider the requirements you know.
The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) provides a great platform for developing native mobile apps. Yet, the SDK can pose some development challenges that can increase cost. Code inconsistency and excessive boilerplate code are challenges that can be alleviated with the right approach.
There has been a lot of news recently about increasing transparency in government. While government operations pose significant challenges to ensuring transparency, agile projects can suffer from these challenges as well. Technical debt and documentation are areas where project teams can improve.
Test-driven development (TDD) is a cornerstone practice for agile development teams, but Android development poses some significant challenges to a test-driven approach. With the right testing framework, an Android development team can maintain velocity while following TDD practices.
Yahoo's Marissa Mayer recently announced a ban on telecommuting that has raised eyebrows throughout the industry. Agile teams tend to prefer face-to-face communication, so is a telecommuting ban appropriate for an agile team? It depends on the team and the situation.
Agile adoption can be challenging for a team but not necessarily for the reasons we may think. The Buddhist parable about the eighty-fourth problem gives insight into why this causes many teams to fail when adopting agile or get stuck in a rut along their path to improvement.