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Toptal.com:
The Art of War Applied To Software Development
Feb 19, 2016 @ 11:17:35

On the Toptal blog there's an interesting post where author Jose F. Maldonado takes the infamous book "The Art of War" and applies several principles to programming and development. He obviously doesn't go through the entire Art of War and relates each section, but he does pick out some good bits and makes some interesting parallels.

If you work in the software industry, it’s likely that you have heard about the divide and conquer design paradigm, which basically consists of recursively splitting a problem into two or more sub-problems (divide), until these become simple enough to be solved directly (conquer).

[...] However, the divide and conquer rule is not the only political strategy that can be applied to software development. Although politics and warfare have little to do with software development, just like politicians and generals, developers must lead subordinates, coordinate efforts between teams, find the best strategies to resolve problems, and administer resources. [...] Detailed below, you will a find a brief list of basic tactics and tips explained in the Art of War. They can probably be applied to your job in the software industry, or any of a number of other industries.

Included in his list of Art of War excerpts are topics like:

  • Time Is Crucial In Any Campaign
  • No Leadership, No Results
  • Teamwork And Motivation
  • Thinking Outside The Box

For each topic there's a reference to a chapter/paragraph location in the book, quotes from that section and his own thoughts on how this relates back to software development.

tagged: artofwar software development parallels opinion programming

Link: http://www.toptal.com/agile/art-of-war-software-development

Oracle Technology Network:
Installing PHP 5.2 for Oracle on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Jan 16, 2009 @ 11:13:02

Tony Bibbs has posted a new tutorial to the Oracle Technology Network website for all of the Oracle & Mac users out there - Installing PHP 5.2 for Oracle on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

If you've ever attended a PHP conference, you might have thought that Apple was a sponsor based on all the Mac laptops you saw. Many of the PHP developers toting Macs are running Linux as a virtual machine but more and more PHP developers work natively on the Mac. Recognizing this fact, Oracle has made it downright easy to develop PHP/Oracle applications on the Mac. In this guide I'll show just how easy it is to get your Mac setup to build Oracle-based PHP applications.

His method requires that you have access to a server already running Oracle (even the Express Edition will do), XCode and either Fink or MacPorts (optional). His setup is to use the Oracle installation inside of a virtual machine to get the needed libraries from to build PHP correctly. He even includes some screenshots of the Parallels installation of Kubuntu and some test code to ensure things are working as they should.

tagged: oracle mac osx install parallels virtualmachine kubuntu tutorial

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PHPKitchen:
Getting Zend Debugger Working on a Macbook Pro
Aug 28, 2006 @ 07:56:55

On the PHPKitchen, Demian Turner shares exactly how he managed to get the Zend Debugger up and working on his Mac Book Pro.

Okay, there is some considerable hacking involved to get this working, and the solution is only a workaround until "sometime before the end of 2006", which was quoted to me by Zend as the time they expect to get the Zend debugger working for the mactel platform. No rush there guys.

His solution involved using Parallels Desktop, Zend Studio, a hack on the installer to get it working, ensuring it finds the right php.ini (a problem he had) and customizing the setup to work with the buttons of your choosing.

tagged: zend debugger mac book pro parallels desktop studio hack zend debugger mac book pro parallels desktop studio hack

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PHPKitchen:
Getting Zend Debugger Working on a Macbook Pro
Aug 28, 2006 @ 07:56:55

On the PHPKitchen, Demian Turner shares exactly how he managed to get the Zend Debugger up and working on his Mac Book Pro.

Okay, there is some considerable hacking involved to get this working, and the solution is only a workaround until "sometime before the end of 2006", which was quoted to me by Zend as the time they expect to get the Zend debugger working for the mactel platform. No rush there guys.

His solution involved using Parallels Desktop, Zend Studio, a hack on the installer to get it working, ensuring it finds the right php.ini (a problem he had) and customizing the setup to work with the buttons of your choosing.

tagged: zend debugger mac book pro parallels desktop studio hack zend debugger mac book pro parallels desktop studio hack

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