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Technical Terms You Should Know: "Dirt Bound"

In the technical world, two things are always going to abound - acronyms and new technical terms. As such, you need to always be ready for the newest terms being thrown around. Recent new terms include the over used "cloud computing" that related to prior terms such as "SOA", "SaaS", and "S+S".

It's Official - Working in a Cube is Bad for Your Health

An article on news.com.au reported that open-plan offices are bad for your health. Not only do they lead to high stress, but they also increase your risk of illness. Being that most developers that I know work in cubicals, this is interesting news. To quote from the article:

From Devx : Economic Downturn Not Necessarily Bad for Developers

http://blog.devx.com/2009/01/economic-downturn-and-developers.htmlRussell Jones at DevX.com comments on why he things the economic downturn isn't bad for developers. He has some interesting comments that I believe have merit. I know that in the Indianapolis area, many IT layoffs have happened in the past week. Relative to other departments in an organization, the IT layoffs have been minor.

Z2K - The Importance of Quality Assurance and Testing

In past years, it seems there has been an increased reliance on the public testing of beta products. Companies such as Microsoft have put a much greater effort into public betas, Community Technology Previews (CTPs), and other interim releases of products well before the "final" release actually happens. Not only does this often cause confusion for many in the marketplace who don't recognize the difference between a prerelease and the real release, but it also can open a company to added risk that something might be overlooked.

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