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Running RTC, RAD, RSA, or IDA on Fedora 19.

So let me start off by saying that Fedora 19 is not a supported environment for IBM products.  That being said if you are living on the bleeding edge of technology like me you probably noticed that Rational Team Concert, Rational Application Developer, Rational Software Architect, or InfoSphere Data Architect …

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Bringing Jazz.net into Rational Team Concert

For a while now I have been using a tool that I created called the Jazz Support Handler. I originally created it as part of a thought experiment of how to bring some of the Jazz.net experience into the Rational Team Concert client.  The tool automates searching Jazz.net and Google …

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How we love Internet Explorer 8

The easiest way to make a web developer scream is to tell them an internet explorer 8 user is having difficulty with their web page.  Mostly because Internet Explorer 8 is not one browser engine. Rather it is a collection of browser engines that in my experience behave differently on …

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Writing Unit Test for Legacy Code

Sandro Mancuso recently published a video on “Testing and Refactoring Legacy Code.” One of the key benefits for writing test for legacy code is it allows you to understand the existing code while reducing risk in changing it. It is a great video but a bit long so here are some of …

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Documenting the past

My team is currently in the process of documenting a project we inherited. The project was a skunkworks effort and documentation wasn’t as important as proving that it works. The developer who wrote it is no longer on the project and isn’t the most pleasant person to interact worth so …

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Finding my color

When I first started developing web sites choosing a color was easy. There were not that many to choose from. Of course HTML at that time supported 16 million colors but any competent web developer would limit it to web safe colors. I remember working for a small startup and …

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Lessons learned from project hand offs

Over the years I have started many project and handed them off to others both successfully and unsuccessfully. Now as developers we develop and document our code/project as though we are going to get hit by a bus, meteor, or falling piano the next day. Then we are shocked when …