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  • Scrum is dead: breaking down the new open development method

    A "snake oil salesmen" is a phrase that conjures up images of stuffy old men with bowler hats, bushy mustaches, and tailored pinstripe suits peddling bottles filled with "cure-all" liquids. Although prevalent a few centuries ago, the snake oil profession is now lost to the annals of history. These days the snake oil description has expanded beyond human health care. In the tech world, for example, a snake oil solution can be used to describe anti-virus software or a favorite software development process.

    Among the most "oversold as a cure" methodologies introduced to business development teams today is Scrum, which is one of several agile approaches to software development and introduced as a way to streamline the process. Scrum has become something of an intractable method, complete with its own holy text, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, and daily devotions (a.k.a., Scrum meetings).

  • PHP 7.0 RC7 Released, PHP 7 Final Gets Pushed Back

    While the highly anticipated PHP 7 release was supposed to happen today, it hasn't as instead it's been replaced by another release candidate.

    PHP 7.0 RC7 was released today rather than the official release. PHP 7.0 RC7 is the 12th pre-release of PHP7 and this newest version comes with seventeen bug fixes. Due to needing this unscheduled release candidate, PHP 7.0 final isn't expected to come until 26 November. So for PHP developers in America, this could be a nice Thanksgiving release.

  • db2twitter 0.2 released

    db2twitter 0.2 was just released! If you missed my last post about it, db2twitter automatically extracts fields from your database, use them to feed a template of tweet and send the tweet.

  • CMake 3.4.0 Released
  • CMake 3.4.0 Released!

    I am proud to announce that CMake 3.4.0 is now available for download at: https://cmake.org/download/

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