About the Author

Ryan LaRue

I feel lucky to have found something that I love to do every day. Have been getting deeper into things like Knockout, mustache, LESS, Node, HTML5. I also love working with ASP.Net MVC, WCF, Entity Framework and jQuery. So many new, exciting technologies coming out right now. I'm a believer in the golden rule and prefer to work with people who are as well.

Avoiding Test-Driven Development?

Ryan LaRue Dev Methodologies, Testing Leave a Comment

Throughout time, there have been certain questions that will always result in great battles. In one recent throw down, I drew my line in the sand and bravely asserted, “Hell no, a hotdog is not a sandwich!”

There are other more dangerous questions that we’ve all heard, of course… is Mac better than PC? Is Android better than iPhone? Are dogs better than cats? That last question is the silliest of all as the correct answer is so very obvious. Regardless, these intriguing questions have often led to disastrous consequences such as sulking and hurt feelings.

Allow me to add another one to the list: Is Test-Driven Development (TDD) a good practice?

I know, provocative. In this blog, I will discuss test-driven development, why many in our field seem to hate it, and why you should choose to still implement some of its main concepts in your development….

Programming Ponderings

Ryan LaRue Consulting, Opinion, Programming 2 Comments

Editor’s Note: After nearly 20 years in software development, Ryan LaRue introduces three lessons he has learned in his programming career with takeaways that apply to all levels of experience.

Open Door Policy
One of the reasons I’ve always loved Software Development is its open door policy to new entrants. No MBA, PhD or, heck, degree required.

If you’re smart, like to solve problems, and get things done, then you will be welcomed with open arms.

At a recent client, one of the company’s permanent developers was, in her near-term past, a police officer. At some point, she decided she didn’t want that lifestyle anymore and worked her way into a nice position with a company that valued her work ethic and programming skills….

Agile (micro)Management

Ryan LaRue Agile, Dev Methodologies 2 Comments

Attention: The following article was published over 5 years ago, and the information provided may be aged or outdated. Please keep that in mind as you read the post.Is Agile Development making your development team dread coming into work? Several years ago, a company I was new to had been pushing the need for agile development. After numerous meetings, discussions …