The importance of meaningful variable names

I was having my usual browse around Stack Overflow today (I really want that Fanatic badge) when I came across this question about fatal errors.  The coder in question was getting the following fatal error: Fatal error: Call to a member function Createuser() on stringThe code section in question was…

Developers are the destroyers of hardware

I've had a few discussions with some of my colleagues and friends in software development, and one of the things we all agree on is that there is nothing worse than a slow development environment.  A lot of us work with IDEs, some need to compile their code, some just…

Fun with Firewalls

Firewalls are not fun.  I've got to open with that statement as I've been doing a lot of work with firewalls in the past couple of weeks.  It's not been the most enjoyable of experiences, but I can see why it is needed. I've been working with some during my…

Sensible SVN Structuring

SVN, or any other version control system for that matter, should always be used when developing code.  It doesn't matter if it's for a single person project, or a huge project involving hundreds of different developers.  Version control is essential. Recently I've been involved in changing the version control process…