This month’s most useful tools for developers < August 2018

Elliott King
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on 30 August 2018

Some are about new thinking or new techniques, some are about legacy technology and some are just useful resources for different languages or platforms. Some are just lolz. The brief is simple – if we think they’re useful, you might too.

 

Estimates, schmestimates…

Everyone wants to know how long a project will take. Want to know how to provide managers with a prediction that’s both accurate and imprecise, using cycle time and counting stories? Or when to avoid estimate all together?

How to give project estimates and when not to estimate at all!

 

The four P’s of effective stand-ups

Some great “hot tips” on how to run effective stand-ups. (All the best ones use alliteration).

The 4 P’s

 

Papercut simple desktop SMTP server

Ever need to test emails from an application or website but don’t want them accidentally being sent or have to deal with the hassle of setting up a test email server?

Look no further

 

Jean-Luc Picard is coming back to Star Trek

The aesthetic genius effect

Can great design create phantom features? We often feel that visually pleasing products work better but are we prone to award imaginary features to beautiful products?

Look better, work better? 

 

Who destroyed the 3 mile island?

On March 28, 1979, at exactly 4 o’clock in the morning, control rods slammed into the reactor core of Three Mile Island Unit #2, halting the nuclear reaction because of a fault in the reactor cooling system. At 4:02, the automated emergency cooling system activated as the reactor core temperature continued to rise. At 4:04, one of the plant operators made the befuddling decision to switch off the emergency cooling system, dooming the reactor to partial meltdown.

Why?

When something bad happens, it’s easy to just blame someone and move on. Taking the time to find the systemic causes, though, will not only stop the problem from repeating, it will enable you to build the psychological safety necessary for your team to truly collaborate. Want to know how to make teams stronger through systems thinking and culture?

 

Magic Leap finally launch their first product

After spending almost a decade working on technology that super-imposes customer-generated images over the real world in your field of vision. Now the product is out there!

Want to learn more?

 

Hacker finds hidden god mode on old x86 CPUs!

Say whaaaaat? 

 

The 10:1 rule of writing and programming

Writing prose and writing code have a lot in common, but perhaps the biggest similarity is that neither writers nor programmers can get things done on time. Writers are notorious for missing deadlines. Programmers are notorious for being wildly off with estimates.

The question is, why?

 

Bohemian Rhapsody in C#?

Easy come, easy go

 

Want to change colours for different backgrounds?

I can do that in CSS!

 

Looking for career stability in your role?

A hilarious guide to writing unmaintainable code

 

Feeling nostalgic?

Windows 2000, ported to a web assembly, running in your browser!

 

Move fluent API configurations to a separate class in Entity framework

Learn how to create separate configuration class that contains all the configurations specific to an entity in Entity Framework 6’s code-first approach

Click me!

 

Command Line Improved

A great list of improved CLI tools

 

Recording user behaviour on your competitor’s sites?

Naughty…

 

Everybody dance now

Transferring motion between human subjects in different videos!

 

 

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