What Are the Best US Cities for Hiring Software Developers?

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The best U.S. cities to find software developers might surprise you if you think bigger cities are the norm. At one time, Silicon Valley in Southern California was the center of the universe when it came to finding the best American software developers. Nowadays, you’ll find some surprising cities pop up where the best talent […]

IT Hiring: Does a Software Developer Have To Go to College?

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IT hiring has become even more challenging with the current labor shortage. With the rising cost of traditional four-year university education, more and more people are turning to self-education to learn the skills they need for their desired careers. This is especially true in software development, where a college degree is not always necessary to […]

Offshore Vs. Nearshore: Which Makes the Best Software Development Team?

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Offshore vs. Nearshore. Have you considered these outsourcing options? Outsourcing is the fastest and most cost-effective way to complete your software development. With outsourcing, you get to hire an external resource to handle specific app development functions. For years, the ability to cut costs by outsourcing to the growing skilled labor pool in developing countries […]

Successful Legacy System Migration: An Introductory Guide

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Change is always difficult to grapple with. However, change is often necessary. Legacy systems — old or outdated technology — are a prime example of this unfortunate truth. Many companies use well-liked legacy systems, which meet their needs and that everyone’s already familiar with, and don’t see the point in spending the time and money […]

Do I Need My Own Scrum Master? The Pros and Cons

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Before deciding if you need your own Scrum master, let’s get a brief overview of what Scrum is. Scrum is a philosophy, theory, and structure of product development proposed in the 1990s by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. The resulting framework used an empirical (scientific) approach based on transparency, inspection, and adaption. Ultimately, Scrum identified […]

Goal Setting: How To Avoid a Software Development Road Trip

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Road Trip! The term has come to represent the joy of the journey. Unfortunately, some software development projects feel like road trips. No one is sure about the destination. As a result, the path becomes unclear and soon no one enjoys the journey. Similarly, a software development road trip happens when the only goal is […]

6 Effective Ways to Manage Remote Software Development

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Software developers are often seen as individual programmers glued to computers, churning out lines of code in relative isolation. But anyone who has worked with developers knows that collaboration is key. It plays a significant role in how products are designed, developed, and delivered. For this reason, remote software development can bring challenges. When everyone […]

4 Reasons To Update Your Codebase to a Modern Language

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If you use an older programming language for your codebase, there may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for doing so. Maybe you feel as if you don’t have the time or resources required to update your codebase. Or perhaps you don’t see the business need for switching.  While it can feel comfortable to continue using […]

Agile vs. Waterfall Software Development: Understanding the Differences

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Just bring up the topic of software development methodologies. You’ll realize that most engineers are biased. Those who favor the waterfall approach are often labeled “old school.” Agile supporters who rigorously adhere to the Agile Manifesto are considered “fanatics.” The truth is, no methodology is perfect for every development project. In fact, many software companies […]

Consistency in Software Development: Why It’s Important

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Robert C. Martin, the author of Clean Code, said: “You know you are working on clean code when each routine turns out to be pretty much what you expected.” In simpler words, consistency (and thus predictability) plays an integral role in the overall quality of your codes and programs.  Consistency is one of the fundamental […]