Blog of a Web Developer

Steven Neiland

This site is a test bed for everything I learn and is mostly for my own benefit. As such it may be down from time to time and is subject to frequent changes.

Thought of the day: You either control your life, or life will control you.

Recent Blog Entries

A prototype is not a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Published: Feb 7, 2023

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a term that I hear used a lot, and the concept seems pretty simple. Yet it is too frequently misused in place of prototype by junior developers and non developers (management). ...more

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Senior Developers vs Master Developers

Published: Jan 31, 2023

We need to do away with the term senior developer in the software industry. Here is why I propose we start using the term Master Developer. ...more

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Rerunnable data update scripts for Microsoft SQL Server

Published: Oct 18, 2022

We can implement a SQL Server equivalent of MySQL/MariaDB's "INSERT IGNORE" using MERGE INTO as follows... ...more

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Rerunnable Data Update Scripts for MySQL/MariaDB

Published: Oct 11, 2022

Using the INSERT IGNORE statement you can easily manage reference table's data using re-runnable sql scripts. ...more

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Preventing Windows Ubuntu Dual Boot Superblock Corruption

Published: Apr 12, 2022

Whenever I switch to ubuntu from windows on my dual boot system I get an error that the superblock is corrupt and I cannot load ubuntu until I fix the corruption using the command line. The issue appears to be windows messing from the ext4 partition. ...more

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