• Management

    Design Thinking vs. Agile

    Design Thinking vs. Agile: Combine Problem Finding and Problem Solving for Better Outcomes Source: https://www.mendix.com/ According to IDC, 30-35 percent of IT projects still fail. Other research puts the figure upwards of 50 percent. Regardless of the study, the main reason consistently cited for the failure of software development projects to deliver their intended outcomes is misalignment with user and business needs. According to IDC, 30-35 percent of IT projects still fail. Other research puts the figure upwards of 50 percent.” Many IT leaders believe that adopting agile methodologies like Scrum will fundamentally address this issue. After all, applied correctly, agile helps development teams iterate towards optimal outcomes by developing new solutions incrementally, with a…

  • PHP

    PHP Types:: Boolean

    Booleans ¶ This is the simplest type. A bool expresses a truth value. It can be either TRUE or FALSE. Syntax ¶ To specify a bool literal, use the constants TRUE or FALSE. Both are case-insensitive. Typically, the result of an operator which returns a bool value is passed on to a control structure. Converting to boolean ¶ To explicitly convert a value to bool, use the (bool) or (boolean) casts. However, in most cases the cast is unnecessary, since a value will be automatically converted if an operator, function or control structure requires a bool argument. See also Type Juggling. When converting to bool, the following values are considered FALSE: the boolean FALSE itself the integers 0 and -0 (zero) the floats 0.0 and -0.0 (zero) the empty string, and the string “0” an array with zero elements the special type NULL (including unset variables) SimpleXML objects created from empty…

  • PHP

    Types of PHP variables

    Booleans ¶ This is the simplest type. A bool expresses a truth value. It can be either TRUE or FALSE. Syntax ¶ To specify a bool literal, use the constants TRUE or FALSE. Both are case-insensitive.$foo = True; // assign the value TRUE to $foo?> Typically, the result of an operator which returns a bool value is passed on to a control structure. Converting to boolean ¶ To explicitly convert a value to bool, use the (bool) or (boolean) casts. However, in most cases the cast is unnecessary, since a value will be automatically converted if an operator, function or control structure requires a bool argument. See also Type Juggling. When converting to bool, the following values are considered FALSE: the boolean FALSE itself the integers 0 and -0 (zero) the floats 0.0 and -0.0 (zero) the empty string, and the string “0” an array with zero elements the special type NULL (including unset variables) SimpleXML objects created from empty…

  • PHP

    Comments in PHP

    PHP supports ‘C’, ‘C++’ and Unix shell-style (Perl style) comments. For example: The “one-line” comment styles only comment to the end of the line or the current block of PHP code, whichever comes first. This means that HTML code after // ... ?> or # ... ?> WILL be printed: ?> breaks out of PHP mode and returns to HTML mode, and // or # cannot influence that. This is an  example The header above will say 'This is an  example'. ‘C’ style comments end at the first */ encountered. Make sure you don’t nest ‘C’ style comments. It is easy to make this mistake if you are trying to comment out a large block of code.

  • CIO resources

    When Facing the Unknown, Agility is Your Superpower

    Source: CIO UKIn March, as the number of coronavirus infections grew exponentially across the United States, SkyLakes Medical Center in rural Oregon prepared for an influx of patients. In 48 hours, they renovated and opened an entire floor that had not been used for patient care in years. The city of Buffalo, New York knew its non-emergency and city services hotline was going to be more important than ever. Realizing they needed to field calls while working from home, they routed everything through the University of Buffalo’s managed call system (wow, nice teamwork). If you are a parent, you likely remember the exact moment your child, along with millions of others, was sent home…

  • programming languages,  Python

    Using the Python Interpreter

    Source: Python.org The Terms ‘Interactive’ and ‘Shell’ The term “interactive” traces back to the Latin expression “inter agere”. The verb “agere” means amongst other things “to do something” and “to act”, while “inter” denotes the spatial and temporal position to things and events, i.e. “between” or “among” objects, persons, and events. So “inter agere” means “to act between” or “to act among” these. With this in mind, we can say that the interactive shell is between the user and the operating system (e.g. Linux, Unix, Windows or others). Instead of an operating system an interpreter can be used for a programming language like Python as well. The Python interpreter can…

  • Python

    Virtualenv

    Source: VirtualEnv virtualenv is a tool to create isolated Python environments. Since Python 3.3, a subset of it has been integrated into the standard library under the venv module. The venv module does not offer all features of this library, to name just a few more prominent: is slower (by not having the app-data seed method), is not as extendable, cannot create virtual environments for arbitrarily installed python versions (and automatically discover these), is not upgrade-able via pip, does not have as rich programmatic API (describe virtual environments without creating them). The basic problem being addressed is one of dependencies and versions, and indirectly permissions. Imagine you have an application that needs version 1 of LibFoo, but another application requires version 2.…

  • PHP

    PHP tags

    When PHP parses a file, it looks for opening and closing tags, which are   and ?> which tell PHP to start and stop interpreting the code between them. Parsing in this manner allows PHP to be embedded in all sorts of different documents, as everything outside of a pair of opening and closing tags is ignored by the PHP parser. PHP includes a short echo tag  which is a short-hand to the more verbose  PHP also allows for short open tag  (which is discouraged since it is only available if enabled using the short_open_tag php.ini configuration file directive, or if PHP was configured with the –enable-short-tags option). If a file contains only PHP code, it is preferable to omit…

  • Open source software
    Open source software

    Open Source Licenses Types

    Every once in a while, community uproar over contentious open source licensing in a popular product will grab headlines, causing all of us to debate what open source licenses are really about. Last year it was the Apache Foundation’s ban of components with Facebook React’s contentious patent clause which caused a stir that sent developers running for the Reddit boards. These past few months, Redis Labs and MongoDB have made changes in the open source licenses of some of their most popular open source databases, leaving many to scratch their heads, highlighting the need to have open source licenses explained in human speak. The simplest explanation is that open source licenses are legal and binding contracts…