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Reality Checks to Demystify Buzzwords

As an IT insider, I feel I have something valuable to offer nontechnical people in terms of correcting misinformation. Here are a few simple tests for some popular buzzwords in tech. When evaluating a product or service, if you can honestly answer Yes to the reality check question, the buzzword probably truly applies. If the answer is No, it is probably fake.
agileDoes it make the developers happy?blockchainDoes it cut out the middleman?cloudDoes it automatically scale?microserviceDoes it only do one thing?object orientedIs it mostly made of interfaces?RESTfulWhen requests arrive at a certain address, are they ready to use (without parsing)?unit testDoes it prevent the tested code from touching anything outside itself?

How (Not) to Handle Different Exceptions

Came across this sample from a certain multi-billion-dollar company, purporting to show how to implement exception handling. I slightly changed a few cosmetic details to make it anonymous.
try { // ... } catch (GeneralException e) { if (e instanceof SpecificExceptionA){ // ... } else if (e instanceof SpecificExceptionB){ // ... } }This is a true actual story--you can't make this stuff up. Yeah, I thought it was pretty hilarious; so I felt like I had to share it.

The Importance of Direction

Which would you say is more important: getting somewhere faster, pushing something harder, or going the right direction? It should be obvious that no matter how much speed or power you use, that won't do any good if you're going the wrong direction. It could also be pointed out that early in a journey, even a small change in direction makes a big difference in where you end up. Therefore, we should make sure we have our direction correct, as the first priority.

The Invasion of the Developer Commandos™

I. Why Deploy Commandos? It's hard to find the best people to solve difficult problems. By deploying Developer Commandos™, you can get great software developed without needing to figure out how to find the software developers. II. What are Developer Commandos? Unlike an old fashioned developer, a commando works independently. They manage themselves so you won't need to. III. How Can You Deploy Commandos? A. Create a Project Use a project host like GitHub to create a shared workspace online. Commandos will be able to contribute to your software project through this workspace. B. Obtain Incentives Use a cryptocurrency exchange like Coinbase to purchase an amount of a cryptocurrency such as Ether. You will be able to use this cryptocurrency to provide an incentive for commandos. C. Post Opportunities Use a bounty network such as Gitcoin to post bounties. A bounty describes the software problem you need resolved, and allows you to attach a cryptocurrency incentive for resolving i…

What We're About

About UsMission Statement: We provide a product to make high performing software developers happy by giving them a chance to work in a more self-directed way on software that is more meaningful to them. Core Values (in priority order):Integrity: Honesty, trustworthiness, and faithfulnessPreparation: Research, planning, and goalsReputation: Branding, naming, presence, and networkingProfitability: Product salesProduction: Product development, ideas, online contentImprovement: Research and trainingSupport: Minimal overhead Who We Are
Isaac Serafino is a Software Architect in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a strong experience developing technology solutions. He has long had the dream to lead his own startup business.
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More efficiently provide a safe environment for using electronic devices. Sends pictures of what is on the display at somewhat random times so user knows they could be observed at any time, but the supervisor does not need to be their watching over their sho…