Category Archives: General Opinion

Pivoting Relationships from Many to Many – One to Many – One to One – and then Key Value – Relationships and Schemas

There are a whole host of applications in which you may wish to record the biological or legal relationships between individuals. Here is a short investigation of some of the subtleties related to the options you have to model this … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, MS Access, Normalisation | Comments Off on Pivoting Relationships from Many to Many – One to Many – One to One – and then Key Value – Relationships and Schemas

MS Access like development environments for the Web – 3 alternatives

So you would like to construct simple applications that you can at the moment create in MS Access but you want to do it on the web. By that I mean you would like to create a data driven application … Continue reading

Posted in All, Code Generators, Continual Professional Development, Database Design, Dev Ops, dot NET framework, General Opinion, Learning, Low Coding Platforms, MS Access, Personal Development, RAD Web Tools | Comments Off on MS Access like development environments for the Web – 3 alternatives

The Economics of Immortality (part 2) and a real reason for moving platform.

The announcement in December 2014 that Microsoft was releasing a version of Visual Studio Community to virtually everyone for free and then again a further announcement in February 2016 of Microsoft’s purchase of Xamarin and subsequent release with VS community … Continue reading

Posted in All, Dev Ops, General Opinion | Comments Off on The Economics of Immortality (part 2) and a real reason for moving platform.

Administering a Web Application some thoughts

In the last couple of years I have started administering a bought in Web Application from an outside vendor. I have found this really quite educational. I will not reveal the name of the product the vendor seems neither better … Continue reading

Posted in All, Configuration, Continual Professional Development, Dev Ops, General Opinion | Comments Off on Administering a Web Application some thoughts

Appropriate User Interfaces

I have three guitars 10 windsurfers and 4 bikes (5 if you count a static exercise bike) I have three regularly used computers (tablet , desktop and laptop) – four if you count my phone. My bikes are not duplicates … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, Productivity, Project Management | Comments Off on Appropriate User Interfaces

Business Continuity

I see Business Continuity frequently evidenced as a reason by management to disallow staff responsibility for their business systems. The belief being that individuals will become too central to the operation of the organisation and will become somehow irreplaceable. For … Continue reading

Posted in All, Continual Professional Development, Dev Ops, General Opinion | Comments Off on Business Continuity

The Handover – where the dragons lie

The handover – often someone figures out that something needs to be done – maybe they have realised an important omission or maybe there is a problem that only comes to light in a process when you start designing. For … Continue reading

Posted in All, Configuration, Dev Ops, General Opinion | Comments Off on The Handover – where the dragons lie

Project Management – Things that help lead to successful outcomes

Many roles within organisations now require good project management skills especially when it comes to implementing new IT systems and applications. But are there things that can be put in place at the beginning to improve your chance of success. … Continue reading

Posted in All, Database Design, Dev Ops, General Opinion, Project Management | Comments Off on Project Management – Things that help lead to successful outcomes

Comparative Advantage

My opinion on fixing things is that if someone has to sit around and watch you fix something the cost of the job is not just your time in fixing it but it’s also the cost of the time of … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, Problem Solving, Productivity | Comments Off on Comparative Advantage

Developer Operations and Empowering Users My Opinion

Recently I was listening to a Channel 9 Microsoft podcast talking about how their products could be used in developer operator environments. Interestingly the podcast talked about Developer Operations being a subdivision of the central IT department and how once … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, Productivity | Comments Off on Developer Operations and Empowering Users My Opinion

Trusting Your Gut or When Not to Use Computers.

As good as computers are at calculating numbers they are really really bad at doing somethings that humans are just great at like making decisions based on fuzzy logic or translating things between languages. In such situations always go for … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, Personal Development, Problem Solving, Software Purchase | Comments Off on Trusting Your Gut or When Not to Use Computers.

SEARCHING RECORDS – My UI Design Patterns

Well if it is good enough for Google One single variable field with filtering only occurring after return has been hit. Search is across complete range of fields and searches for a string within all of the fields. Search string … Continue reading

Posted in All, Database Design, General Opinion, My UI Design Patterns | Comments Off on SEARCHING RECORDS – My UI Design Patterns

Security the double edged sword.

I had a dream about wildlife parks and tribes this week and I realised in the morning that sometimes when we are all crowded around a computer we don’t all know as much about the systems in place that we … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion | Comments Off on Security the double edged sword.

40 Useful Facts to Know about a System

A list of points I should remember to ask when doing ongoing system development, total re-design or external purchase. For alternative systems rank both existing and new and compare. Collection of facts is as objective as I could make it … Continue reading

Posted in All, Configuration, Database Design, General Opinion, Software Purchase | Comments Off on 40 Useful Facts to Know about a System

The Importance of a Booking Confirmation and Careful Communication

With booking systems there are a lot of important things that will make a system successful – good operational speed – a well designed table structure – great UI and good stability but without really really great communication and confirmation … Continue reading

Posted in All, Database Design, General Opinion, User Interface Design | Comments Off on The Importance of a Booking Confirmation and Careful Communication

The Gunslinger and the Indian

There’s a fight on your computer over a girl called Planned Obsolecence I get that you need to update software periodically and I definitely want to see software developers paid an appropriate amount but what happens when no one can … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, Open Source, The future of software | Comments Off on The Gunslinger and the Indian

Internal Development Good or Bad

Elite Dangerous from Frontier Developments an example of a game built on internally developed game engine – and they are seriously kicking ass as a result. It is tempting having been burnt with IT projects to say right that’s it … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion, Productivity, Programming, The future of software | Comments Off on Internal Development Good or Bad

QGIS – Free GREAT Digital Mapping Software

A map showing winds over the Atlantic Looking for a desktop digital mapping package? You really need to check out QGIS it is an absolutely excellent open source geographical information system. At the time of writing the latest version was … Continue reading

Posted in All, Digital Mapping, General Opinion, Geographical Information Systems, Open Source, QGIS General | Comments Off on QGIS – Free GREAT Digital Mapping Software

In the beginning

Ok time to do something new – I’ve been writing a diary for years nothing particularly personal just notes mainly on the work that I am doing and how to get things done. Ordinarily it runs to detailed technical notes … Continue reading

Posted in All, General Opinion | Tagged | Comments Off on In the beginning