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Archives: November 2012

Rules of Holes #7: Some Will Look Down on You.

I've been extoling the Rules of Holes, hoping to give you both courage to get out of your Hole, and solace for having allowed yourself to get in a Hole in the first place. How about the others, the folks that see that you are up to your neck, the…

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Posted in SQLSequel on 30 November 2012

Rules of Holes #6: Don't Draw Others Into the Hole with You

In the Fifth Rules of Holes, you were encouraged to seek help from others in order to extricate youself from the Hole. And it should have been clear in that Rule that you want to seek out those that can actually help you. Not everyone, or just anyone,...(read more

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Posted in SQLSequel on 20 November 2012

Rules of Holes #5: Seek Help to Get Out of the Hole

You are moving along, doing good work, maintaining a steady pace. All seems to be going well for you. Then BAM!, a Hole just grabbed you. How the heck did that happen? What went wrong? How did you fall into a Hole? Definitely, you will want to do a post-mortem...(

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Posted in SQLSequel on 19 November 2012

Rules of Holes #4: Do You Have the BIG Picture?

Some folks decry the concept of being in a 'Hole'. For them, there is no such thing as 'Technical Debt', no such thing as maintaining weak and wobbly legacy code, no such thing as bad designs, no such thing as under-skilled or poorly performing co-workers,...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 16 November 2012

Rules of Holes #3: A Better Shovel is NOT the Answer!

You stopped digging. You looked around and saw that you were still in the Hole. You needed to get out. AHA! Problem solved, you thought. You'll just get a better and more efficient shovel! I regret to tell you that the Third Rule of Holes applies: Switching...(read more)

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Posted in SQLSequel on 14 November 2012

Rules of Holes #2: You Are Still in a Hole

OK. So you followed the First Rule of Holes -you stopped digging yourself in deeper. But now what? You are still in a Hole. Your situation has not changed much, but at least you are no longer making it worse. You need to redirect the digging effort into...(read more

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Posted in SQLSequel on 13 November 2012

Rules of Holes #1: Stop Digging

You may have heard of the 'First Rule of Holes'. It goes something like this: " When you suspect you might be in a hole, stop digging. " That seems like obvious, and good advice, but what does it really mean? How does the Rule of Holes apply to you?…

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Posted in SQLSequel on 12 November 2012