Personal Branding Checklist

Jesse Randall Warden

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This entry is about utilizing branches for each developer in Subversion, Merge Day, and how while cool, it’s an ivory tower process. Note: This isn’t a tenet of the Agile methodology itself, it’s just something that works well when you have a bunch of developers collaborating together rapidly, and a specific workflow our client requested we follow. Branch Workflow We’re utilizing a Branch Workflow on my current project.  What this means is that each developer creates their own branch in Subversion.  If you’re utilizing Tortoise SVN on PC or Versions on Mac, this is effectively a folder.  As you may know, Subversion has 3 default folders that you typically utilize in a repository, and hopefully each project gets its own repository.  These are branches, tags, and trunk. Some people choose to ignore these.  Some put multiple projects into the same repo.  Both are fine ... (more)

Personal Branding Checklist

This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is no... (more)

JavaScript and Flash Panels

Macromedia products are ever more extensible in the 2004 releases. They make it easier for developers to create custom tools and extension scripts and then package those scripts and interfaces to distribute to their fellow designers and developers. Distribution comes in a few ways; in this article I discuss the use of JavaScript and Flash panels for use in Fireworks and Flash, and briefly cover the use of MXPs, the file format used in the Macromedia Extension Manager tool to allow developers to install extensions. Although Dreamweaver is arguably more powerful in making use of suc... (more)

My Website + Google = My Online Identity

I just got an e-mail from a recruiter of sorts. They want me to do phone Flex/Flash consultation for a 20-40 minute paid phone call. Apparently, Ether (www.ether.com) could make money if they employed some sales teams. It seems all of California is reaching out worldwide, looking for people to come to live and work there. The reason? To be tech lead in their startup and manage contractors and outsourced individuals to make bling and fame in Web Deux Point OMG. If my hunch on what this call is about is correct, this'll be the third startup this month looking for Flexcoder meat. W... (more)

Agile Chronicles #4: P to the Oh to the Sea, Strategy, and Design Challenges

This entry is about creating proof of concepts that tackle challenging components in your application before Sprint #1 starts, when Strategy happens in the process, and the design challenges that still exist. Proof of Concept The POC stands for Proof of Concept. It’s a formal term used to describe the process in which a programmer tackles some of the high risk functionality items of a finished design comp to assess their feasability before the official start of the project. At least, that’s what we define it as. The concept of iterations in software is to flush out the real prob... (more)