HCL Factory Tour 2 – a look into the pipeline for Domino/Notes

The HCL Team, lead by Richard Jefts, was kind enough to invite me to its second Factory Tour, this time in Europe, in the HCL offices in Milan, in Italy. Milan is just a 3.5 hour trip in the train from Zürich, going through the new Gotthard tunnel, so it was an almost leisurely travel, … Read more HCL Factory Tour 2 – a look into the pipeline for Domino/Notes

Profi-Tastatur für Entwickler: Das Swiss Developer Keyboard

Das Swiss Developer Keyboard ist eine speziell für Schweizer Programmierer und IT-Nerds entwickelte Tastatur. Keiner der großen Hersteller hatte eine gute mechanische Tastatur mit einem Schweizer Layout. Daher habe ich selbst eines kreiert, das ich der Schweizer Entwicklercommunity nicht vorenthalten möchte. Sie können es gleich hier kaufen. Das Keyboard ist so ausgelegt, dass Sie mit verschiedenen … Read more Profi-Tastatur für Entwickler: Das Swiss Developer Keyboard

Modernization of Ortho-Team’s Reservation System, a success story

In 2017 Ortho-Team released a new version of their website, and the optics of the reservation system clashed with the new website. Something had to be done. Ortho-Team is a leading Swiss provider of orthopaedic products. Most products are made to measure for its customer, which means every sale is linked to at least one … Read more Modernization of Ortho-Team’s Reservation System, a success story

Engage 2018 recap

Engage 2018 was the best Engage I’ve ever attended. Not only was the organisation and venue superlative, but the recent energy of the new HCL team was infectious. IBM’s Bob Schulz delivered a soporific and uninspired Keynote speech, in sharp contradistinction to Richard Jeft’s and Andrew Manby’s energetic, and funny, presentation. Their enthusiasm was infectious. … Read more Engage 2018 recap

From 3000 milliseconds to 200 to open a page: Speed up your Notes Client applications by discovering their bottlenecks.

I had inherited a template for a database which was taking 3 seconds to open any sort of document. It soon got to be irritating, and I noticed that the little lightning bolt at the bottom left side of the Notes client was flashing wildly, so I fired up the Notes RPC Parser to try … Read more From 3000 milliseconds to 200 to open a page: Speed up your Notes Client applications by discovering their bottlenecks.

Why do Software Developers always squawk when inheriting a foreign codebase?

The first thing that Software Engineers do when they inherit a codebase that they haven’t written is to squawk loudly. This is terrible! That’s not the way to do it! We need to re-write this completely! I recently had an experience when a project manager suddenly lost his developer and asked me to take over. … Read more Why do Software Developers always squawk when inheriting a foreign codebase?