Over the past few years as a Software Engineer, I’ve worked on several Enterprise grade projects. That means tight, ridiculous deadlines on our part. When that happens, no one, QA leads included, cares about quality as long as your code is in the code base on time. No, the regret comes later when all hell break loose.
Once I worked with a guy who checked in some half-cooked code just to close the issue for then before it sets the alarm bell ringing within. However, that particular piece of code completely went on to run for hours and blew up in our face when the app went live. By then a slew of modules were built over this, and we (cough I cough) had to revisit it later on, make numerous changes to the design before that flow was usable. In this process we wasted several thousand dollars which could have been avoided if we had some sort of process in place. Sadly, most of the software world works the same way.
Big Deal! Hire a performance guy and optimize the DB performance, some might suggest. As valid as the idea is, not all bottlenecks are I/O related, though traditionally this is where most applications fail. It could be due to a poor coding as well or lack of sufficient hardware power. NewRelic is a service which analyses these issues and help you optimize your product. Does it work? Join me after the jump to find out.
Most of us have a lot we need to do each day. We need a way to record everything that needs to be done, and be reminded with our tasks are due. In the past, people would have used a diary or a notepad, but nowadays we need something more sophisticated to keep up with our bustling lives.
For a while now, I have been looking for the best app for this, and while there’s many nice ones, I never could find the perfect app for me. That is, until a few weeks ago I discovered Cloudship, an app which looked as good as it performed — for me this was the perfect application.
Two weeks on and I’m using Cloudship everyday to manage and organize my everyday life. Read on to find out where Cloudship can fit into your everyday life.
Lists may not seem like the most exciting basis for a website, but everyone has the need to create some form of list from time to time. List creation and management need not be a solitary affair – there are countless scenarios in which two or more people might want to make use of the same list.
The internet continues to amaze me all the time, and that is one of the reasons why I love it so much. What really gets me passionate about consistently using the web is the ability to do things in a virtual world that before wasn’t possible. Take for example the topic of collaboration. In years past, you wouldn’t dream of being able to have a company or business where the people who work at it are all in different states or countries.
A perfect example of this is Web.Appstorm, where although I have been writing for them for almost a year now, I have never met my editor or the other writers face to face. Yet, we are able to work together and produce quality content for all of you to read.
So where am I going with this? Well, the internet has given us the opportunity to have no boundaries when it comes to getting work done together. One web app to help with this, called Dispatch, has given us the ability to collaborate on documents and other things regardless of whether we work in the same building or miles a part, and all we need is an internet connection.
It’s always exciting when web apps we’ve tried get a redesign that makes them far better than they used to be. MYCO Suite is a CRM and collaboration app that we’d looked at in the past. We liked it, but felt that its interface held it back. Since then, though, the app has gone through a major overhaul and it’s time to take another look.
You don’t get a great deal free these days, so the prospect of 50GB of online storage is an opportunity to be jumped at. There are many cloud storage services to choose from – Dropbox, Skydrive, Box and more – but free storage tends to limited to around 5GB.
Megaupload closed just over a year ago after intervention from the US Department of Justice, but the company’s founder, Kim Dotcom, is not a man to give up without a fight. One year later to the day, Mega was launched with possibly the most generous free package you’ll find. Generous enough, that we had to take a look.
eBook reading apps have become very popular since the introduction of the tablet, and have transformed our devices into a personal library wherever you go. It started with the Kindle device, but since then, there’s hardly a mobile device that doesn’t come with an eBook reading app. For me, I have never seen the appeal of eBooks, and I prefer to have a physical book in my hands. However, there is a division of eBooks which have recently taken my interest — eTextbooks.
Being a student, textbooks are something which I need to carry at all times and use everyday for support in lectures and revision sessions. Carrying around tons of heavy books isn’t what I want to do. With access to the internet everywhere, eTextbooks allow me to quickly get on the web and view my specific books quick and easy.
Productivity web apps are everywhere these days, promising to make it easier to collaborate on to-dos, notes, and more from your browser for just a low monthly fee. That makes sense for businesses when you’re using the app to make money, but if you’re looking for something for your own personal use, paying $9-$20/month isn’t an attractive option at all. It’s enough to send you screaming to your nearest App Store for a native app, even if you’d actually prefer to use a web app.
But what if you could have all of Basecamp’s features – arguably one of the best productivity web apps – for $25? No monthly payments, just a one-time purchase like buying an app from the App Store?
That’s what the new Basecamp Personal offers. 1 Basecamp project with up to 5 extra collaborators and 1Gb storage, for a one-time payment of $25. Sounds like that might be the perfect option for a personal productivity web app. (more…)