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Joomla Development Insights

Joomla Development Insights

Thoughts on development and Joomla from John Hooley, senior Blue Bridge developer.
Jun
25

Relationships as a Competitive Advantage

Relationships as a Competitive Advantage

My parents went on a cruise to Panama last winter. The first night they decided to order room service for breakfast the next morning. The ship's staff called after it was placed outside their door. Free of the pressures of their normal routines, they were sleeping like the dead and the phone rang and rang as my mother tried to figure out what was going on and scrambled around the room in the dark trying to answer it. She put her ear to her blow dryer just as my dad flipped on the lights. She eventually answered the right “phone” and they had a good laugh and breakfast.

Hypothetically, if someone had called them early one morning at home, even if they were exhausted, my mother could navigate her way around out of the room and down to the living room to the house phone in just a few seconds and without flipping on the lights. This is because she intimately knows their home and trust that things will be where they're supposed to be. Just like how they affect someone navigating a darkened room, familiarity and trust affect the speed with which organizations can execute projects.

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Apr
23

The Professional

There is a well-known design firm named 37 Signals (actually, they're more of a software company these days, but they started off as a web design firm.) They write a popular blog and they published a few books. They are smart folks and a lot of their ideas are innovative. One thing that I've seen them speak out against is the idea of professionalism, portraying it as a negative quality. I couldn't disagree with them more.

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Feb
05

Clean Business

(For more on clean code, check out my previous post.) - John

There is a concept in programming called, "clean code." Clean code is easy to read and understand. It's well structured, organized, and lean. Its opposite is spaghetti code, where code is just hacked together and if it mostly works, it's declared good. Businesses are similar to programs in that they're working systems. Something goes in one side of the business, an input, and something else comes out the other, an output. Like programming, businesses can be hacked together or well designed.

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