From the Forge

How to be a good client

There are times where you find yourself in a less-than-desirable business relationship that needs to continue, despite challenges.  Over the years there have been a few vendors that have become a challenge, but sticking to some simple rules have kept the relationship amicable, if not greatly improved.  Try to treat vendors the way you would like your clients to behave.  Sounds …

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Asking the right questions

As with any “boutique” business, the success or failure of our efforts can solely ride on whether or not we ask the right questions. Very much like a custom fabricator or machine shop, we need to know the obvious measurements and materials, but most importantly we need to know HOW our application will be used. …

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The Value of Good Communication

Ah, yes.  Communication.  You likely see it in every single job description under the sun: “Stellar communication is a must” “Effective communication with different business units” “The candidate is expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.” (All three of those were pulled from NON Technical job postings on craigslist, by the way.)   I …

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Command-line PHP

I get a little misty when I harken back to 1994 and my first linux install (slackware, kernel version 1.0).  The whole purpose of the excercise was so I could learn to write perl.  I had messed with Visual Basic and got frustrated with the runtime junk and the fact that extending it (OCX controls …

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