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Dump Google Analytics and use Ahoy to track your Rails app traffic

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StatusGator is built on Ruby on Rails, a popular choice for rapid web application development for more than a decade. One of the many benefits of Rails is its rich ecosystem of open source gems which can provide massive value quickly. We discovered one such gem, Ahoy, on our recent quest to understand how our users find out about StatusGator. StatusGator gets about 3,000 visitors and 20 sign ups...

Break the cycle of write, atrophy, rewrite with consistent software maintenance

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In custom software, the cycle of write, atrophy, rewrite is all too common. Many product owners too reluctant to embrace maintenance and sustaining engineering. A vicious cycle of expensive rewrites ensues. Businesses feel bruised by developers and experience unhealthy surges in cost and business disruption. Think hard before deciding to throw away what you have in pursuit of the greenfield:...

Location, Location, Location.

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StatusGator has a few thousand users.  Recently I grew curious as to where you all are. Surely it would be interesting to learn a little about where they are from.  The results are pretty interesting. I’m pleased to report StatusGator helps users in 85 different countries! The top ten are: USA – 1,061 UK – 207 Canada – 115 India – 72 Australia – 70 Germany...

7 key insights for improving engineering team performance

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Code Climate, the purveyors of software services that help engineering teams become more efficient and productive, recently held their second annual Code Climate Summit. In the opening keynote, Bryan Helmkamp, CodeClimate CEO, outlined 7 conclusions he’s made about how to improve the efficiency of software development teams, using data gathered from hundreds of users of their...

Do OKRs work for a two-person company?

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What are OKRs? The goal setting process called “OKRs” or Objectives and Key Results is currently quite popular across the startup and Silicon Valley corporate world. Google uses Objectives and Key Results to maintain goals across its organization. An entire industry of software tools has sprung up to support the process.  Large organizations use OKRs to create top level goals that...

Pyramid of software developer job satisfaction

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Over the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to work on scores, if not hundreds, of software projects. Between consulting work and full time jobs, I’ve been able to help bring to fruition the ideas and goals of many partners, clients, and employers.  But what I’ve come to realize over my career is that no matter how novel, how challenging, or even how lucrative a project is...

A holding company for side projects

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For as long as I can remember, I have loved building businesses. Ideas have always come naturally to me, and over the years I have honed my skills at actually making those ideas a reality.  I recall one of my first businesses at about 12 or 13 years old, designing nicer looking versions of property data sheets for real estate agents to give out to prospective buyers. My most recent profitable...

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