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  • Clif Notes — New Blood Part 3

    Clif wants us to stop "ducking." He talks about how changing habits within your IT department can make all the difference in the world. This article explores some behavior patterns that make MultiValue databases look old and hard to work with. See his suggestions on some minor changes you can make in your IT department to make it more appealing to new developers.

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  • Clif Notes-New Blood Part 2

    In part one, we discussed some of the things we could do (and a number of things not to do) to attract new blood to the MultiValue community. Now let's talk about some of the things we need to do, not only to attract Millennials to our shops, but also to keep them. It does us little good as a community if a bright, energetic, young developer joins our team, suffers their own version of "burnout," and two months later quits because they are bored to tears. Or if they are embarrassed to admit to their cohorts what they do for a living.

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  • Clif Notes: Are You Dissin' Me?

    I just don't believe it. I don't have an MBA and never took any marketing classes. But it seems to me that announcing, "sure our product sucks, but it doesn't suck as bad as our competitor's," is a rather bizarre way of getting new customers or making existing customers happy with their purchase decision.

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  • Clif Notes: Blood Not Required

    If you haven't already read Nathan Rector's From the Inside column this issue, I would strongly suggest you turn to the front of the magazine and do so. He is requesting help in getting the word out that MultiValue is alive and well and quite able to tackle your modern application requirements. It is also very capabile of fitting into a "mainstream" IT shop having a number of different platforms working together. But as long as there are only a handful of us who write articles or blog entries about the kinds of problems we have solved using our various MultiValue platforms and the techniques we used to do it, as a community we are going to continue to appear to be much smaller than we really are. Whereas other platforms have dozens of writers publishing articles for various magazines, journals, and newsletters, in the MultiValue world it seems like you see the same bylines over and over. Not that there is anything wrong with seeing certain writers consistently producing articles! But when those are the only writers you see, it gives the impression that there must not be very many people using this thing, otherwise you would see a lot more people writing about it and discussing it. I think he did an excellent job explaining some of the issues and shooting down some of the myths about what it takes to write an article. Now I would like to add a couple of thoughts then share with you an idea about how to make the process even less daunting.

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  • Clif Notes: Do MultiValue Better? How?

    Well surprise, surprise. I bet long-time readers never expected to see this column, let alone the current lead article of the magazine, be about New Year's resolutions. If you look back in the last two to three years of January-February issues at Clif notes, you will see that I have a habit of poking fun at the idea.

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  • Clif Notes: Ever Feel Like Just a Cog In The System?

    A while back, our Content Editor, Shannon Stoltz, introduced me to a book by Rajesh Setty titled Beyond Code: Learn To Distinguish Yourself In 9 Simple Steps. It is targeted at the IT professional who wants to break out of the rut of constantly rushing to acquire another skill (programming in Python, for example) only to find out they have become what he calls a "commodity"— just another Python programmer easily replaced with any other Python programmer (at least in the perception of upper management).

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  • Clif Notes: Hello, Big Brother Data

    Many of you have heard (probably ad nauseum) of Edward Snowden, an employee of a contractor to the National Security Agency who took it up upon himself to divulge a number things about NSA's intelligence gathering activities. The information has caused quite an uproar, not only within the United States, but also in other countries. But Snowden is not the main topic of this column. Some think that he is the highest form of traitor. Others think that he is some sort of hero figure. (Personally, I think he's a narcissistic little pinhead.) Let's talk instead about how people have reacted to the information "leaked."

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  • Clif Notes: I Resolve To Not Write Any New Year's Resolution Column...Next Year

    I think I set a new efficiency record this New Year. I have never been into New Year's resolutions very much. With 365 days in a year, I don't understand waiting for a particular one in order to make a decision to accomplish something in the next 364. But, it seems to be a cultural tradition, not unlike the ritual of eating certain foods on New Year's Day in a magical attempt to woo Lady Luck or the Goddess Ifni to smile upon us. Nevertheless, this year I decided to participate.

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  • Clif Notes: It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Cratchit

    I used to enjoy the holidays.

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  • Clif Notes: It's Going to Get Busy

    The year 2013 is barely underway, and I already feel like I'm falling behind. What a great time to be a MultiValue developer. There are just so many new toys to play with technologies to explore that I hardly know where to start. Unless a person is a MultiValue couch potato, clinging to their outdated skill set and hoping to just slide by without learning anything new until they can retire, how could anybody be bored? With all of the major MultiValue platforms now having good connectivity to the latest modern technologies, there are numerous adventures opportunities to move the user experience off of the database and let MultiValue do what MultiValue does best — model data, store and retrieve it efficiently, and provide the application developer with a cost-effective database that is flexible, easy to work with, and doesn't insist on getting in the way of what you're trying to accomplish. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about.

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