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  • Where are all the good programmers hiding?

    One of the biggest challenges in hiring a programmer (for a single project or as an employee) is finding them. If you are not technical, you don’t hang out in newsgroups where programmers chat about all things geek. So, where do you look?

    Use your network! Ask your friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances. Do they know a programmer who they have worked with in the past? Do they know someone who knows someone? Just like hiring a building contractor, referrals are the best way to find a programmer.

    Related to this, what about your LinkedIn profile? Even if you have only a ...

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  • If they don't care now, don't expect it to get better

    My friend was telling me about a programmer she used to work with. He was a junior developer, and he had been assigned the task of producing some reports. Reports are a very visible, important part of many applications, but often programmers find them dull. This programmer was no exception. He didn't spend time right aligning the numbers. Empty date values were showing as "01/01/01" instead of blank. Monetary values didn't include a currency symbol.

    When he was asked to fix these problems, he only did what was pointed out to him. He didn't take the time to review all of his reports ...

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  • Top 5 Programmers to Avoid

    If you’ve ever worked with a programmer, you know that some programmers are smart, funny, and can make your project successful. Other programmers can ruin a project, making everyone's life miserable in the process. Here’s my list of the top 5 programmers to avoid like they have contracted a scary disease.

    Know-it-all Nancy

    Nancy has no interest in your input. In fact, Nancy will roll her eyes at you when you offer an opinion. Nancy thinks all her programs would work perfectly if it weren’t for the users.

    Jumpin’ Jack

    Jack jumps in and makes changes without considering the implications. ...

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  • Why You Need a Support Plan

    Just the other day I sent a proposal to one of my customers for ongoing support. I prefer to establish a flat-rate monthly support plan for my customers, which can be used for questions, troubleshooting, bug fixes, and emergencies. The flat rate arrangement is good for my customers, because they can budget for it appropriately. It is also nice for them, because they don't have to make an investment decision each time they call. ("Is this question worth getting charged?") I always prioritize my customers who have this kind of arrangement.

    This post by Lynette Chandler at Small Business Branding covers why you need a plan ...

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  • What everyone should know about bugs

    If you have never worked on a software development project before, you may be completely shocked during the first testing session. I guarantee that you will find a bug in the system within the first hour. In fact, you are likely to find something you didn't expect in the first 10 minutes.

    This may trigger a panic attack in you. I know exactly what you are thinking: What happened? Didn't the programmer test at all? Did we hire the wrong person? We are doomed!

    Calm down. Take a deep breath.

    Let me give you some information about software bugs that will help you ...

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What the critics are saying...

Avonelle is an incredibly talented software developer. She works fast, is economical, and offers great insights into the project at hand. She is also not afraid to speak up when she has concerns about a decision or approach. We’ve utilized her talents on many of our software development projects over the years.

Carrie Rocha, Chief Operating Officer @ HousingLink