Following my last blog post on PM Retention, I worked with our team and set about about putting together a Project Manager Bill of Rights to live next to the existing Developer Bill of Rights. The outcome is a ten-item list that guides the organization with regards to the breadth of the PM role, and the rights and respect that our PMs deserve. The bill of rights reads as follows (with notes added to explain each):
This post is a long-format reply to Jonathan Jordan's recent post. Jonathan's post was about the non-capturing backreference in Regular Expressions. He and I are both working a lot in Behat, which relies heavily on regular expressions to map human-like sentences to PHP code. One of the common patterns in that space is the quoted-string, which is a fantastic context in which to discuss the backreference (and also introduce lookarounds).
This is another post in my challenge to learn something new every day and then share that in a blog post. This is fairly simple, but even though I'm comfortable with regular expressions, I was not familiar with the "?:" syntax (aka: question mark colon). I was working on some Behat tests using the MinkExtension, and this is used fairly often in the code (?P<option>(?:[^"]|\\")*).
This was actually a couple weeks ago, but it is still fresh enough in my memory that I find it interesting and therefore worth sharing. Background I had a Django Model that looked something like this:
SamsungMusic.com (formerly Samsung Music Hub) launched earlier this year pushing the boundaries of HTML5 and responsive web design. It was designed to work (obviously) across a large number of Android devices, with the animations taking full advantage of the built in GPU acceleration available on many mobile devices. The design was done by our awesome partners at Oakland-based Emotive Brand.
The final post in my Successful Digital PM series is also both the trickiest for me to write and the one that has been the most eye opening to me as I've written it. Retention of all employees is critical to keeping an organization running like a well-oiled machine, and given the integrated role of a PM across projects, this is doubly true. Metal Toad hasn't always gotten it right, but we've learned a lot along the way. Below are some things I've learned and strategies we employ at Metal Toad…
This is a quick one that I learned from a co-worker. He was in the MySQL shell and instead of ending his query with a semi-colon, like I normally use, he used \G. The results are interesting, instead of results showing in rows with the fields as columns, results are displayed vertically. Each record is separated by a row number and each field is on a newline with the field name.
It's always been my motto to never stop learning. I also think it is important to share what you've learned with others. I don't think this could be more important then it is as a developer.