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Designing for Your End Users, Not Yourself

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As developers, we take a great deal of pride in our work. Most of it is entirely unnoticed by the people that use what we have spent hours building and designing: the end users. That really cool, almost poetic, bit of code we wrote? They don’t see it. They click a button, and the thing works. That’s what they care about. As a developer, that’s what you care about. It needs to just work.

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AngularJS Nuts and Bolts – Watch Expressions

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In Part Two of this series of AngularJS Nuts and Bolts articles, I discussed ngMessages and showed how this directive can save you the hassle of setting up a bunch of watch expressions manually in order to display validation errors. In this article, I will look a bit closer at watch expressions and help you appreciate what they do for you, and some things to look out for. Read More »

AngularJS Nuts and Bolts – ngMessages

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In Part One of this AngularJS Nuts and Bolts series, I discussed the concept of Form Controllers, and showed how they can be used effectively for Form Validation. This post will continue the discussion, focusing on an add-on module for AngularJS called ngMessages.

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AngularJS Nuts and Bolts – Form Controllers

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Typically, when someone gets started with AngularJS, there’s always the simple example that they are presented with showing a text box of some sort, and then a span tag somewhere below that are both bound to the same underlying ng-model. But this only scratches the surface of a very rich architecture underneath! In a series of articles, starting with this one, I’m going to cover some aspects of AngularJS that any newcomer should make themselves aware of if you are going to build real-world applications beyond “Hello World”.

We will start with Form Controllers.

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“How do I learn…?” – A Suggested Process for Learning The New Shiny

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Anyone who works in the IT industry will tell you that nothing is ever static. One has to keep up their skills and stay abreast of the newest developments and changes to the tools we use to get the job done. Every 18 months, things change. There is always something that I like to call “The New Shiny”.

So two questions arise:

  1. Where do I start?
  2. How do I learn the ins and outs of “The New Shiny”?

While I do not claim to be a guru, I have been called “a learning machine”. Read on to see how I tackle the challenge of learning new things in my personal development process.

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People Aren’t Motivated by What You Might Think…

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams

By Daniel H. Pink

Original Source: The RSA Animate: ‘DRIVE – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’

Do You Suffer from ‘Impostor’ Syndrome?

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Arrogance is not inspiring. But why is arrogance common on I.T. project teams? Why do self-proclaimed experts abound, even though we know this is poisonous on a high-knowledge project? Jeffrey Way has an explanation …
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Lessons Learned about Project Management Offices

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If you’ve ever been in a management or leadership role on a project  (and yes, there is a distinction between management and leadership), I’m sure this list will resonate with you. This is a compilation of published Lessons Learned by Derry Simmel, a North Carolina project manager.

These are the 10 most common Lessons Learned by enterprise project teams, as reported and published by their PM Offices.

1. The people we had were great; there just weren’t enough of them.
2. We left management and planning unattended for too long.
3. Unclear roles and responsibilities led to confusion and loss of precious time.
4. We had the most success when we were all informed.

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