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More articles by Gigi Sayfan

Author Bio
Gigi Sayfan is the director of software infrastructure at Aclima, a start-up company that designs and deploys distributed sensor networks that enable a higher level of environmental awareness. Gigi has been developing software professionally for 20 years in domains as diverse as instant messaging, morphing, chip fabrication process control, embedded multi-media application for game consoles, brain-inspired machine learning, custom browser development, web services for 3D distributed game platform and most recently IoT/sensors. He has written production code every day in many programming languages such as C, C++, C#, Python, Java, Delphi, Javascript and even Cobol and PowerBuilder for operating systems such as Windows (3.11 through 7), Linux, Mac OSX, Lynx (embedded) and Sony Playstation. His technical expertise includes databases, low-level networking, distributed systems, unorthodox user interfaces and general software development life cycle.
For Agile | August 23, 2016
To follow Agile principles and allow an individual developer to have a quick build cycle of edit-built-test requires significant effort. In most cases it is worth it. There are two representative cases: small and large
For Dev Issues | August 15, 2016
The touted benefits of design patterns are that they allow proliferation of best practices and allow for efficient communication between engineers, but how does that play out in practice?
For Dev Issues | August 11, 2016
In general, distributed systems that are designed for eventual consistency typically still provision enough capacity and redundancy to be pretty consistent under normal operating conditions.
For Open Source Zone | August 5, 2016
See how paying attention to your function signature, utilizing language features where possible and using immutable data structures and pure functions can get you pretty far.
For Dev Issues | July 28, 2016
Microsoft recently announced the release of .NET Core 1.0, a truly cross-platform runtime and development environment.
For Wireless Zone | July 27, 2016
Learn more about the cross-platform mechanisms and the support for per-platform code in Xamarin.
For Dev Issues | July 21, 2016
Deeply nested code is very difficult to follow, wrap your head around and test. In many cases it is possible to flatten deeply nested code by very simple means. Here are a few examples in Python, but the concepts translate to most languages.
For Dev Issues | July 13, 2016
Learn more about the concept of the T-shaped employee and how it applies in software development.
For Dev Issues | June 28, 2016
With Xamarin, you develop in C# and have the power of the .NET framework behind you. Xamarin does the heavy lifting of translating your C# code to the native mobile OS.
For Agile | June 24, 2016
The real issue is maintaining organizational productivity as the level of unproductively traditionally increases with scale. This is nothing new. It is one of the reasons that miniature startups can beat multi-billion-dollar corporations.
For Wireless Zone | June 21, 2016
One of the most important aspects of mobile development is displaying text on the screen. Get some tips on how to use C#, XAML and Xamarin to explore several possibilities of rendering text to the screen.
For Web Development Zone | June 17, 2016
Learn why providing a great API can allow you to really focus all your resources on the secret sauce and not worry about visual user interface.
For Dev Issues | June 16, 2016
Developers have an overwhelming number of options for accessing information--but are development books being lost on the avalanche?
For Agile | June 9, 2016
In order to benefit from new technologies, you need to build agility right into your stack.
For Architecture Zone | May 31, 2016
Solid code does what the developers intended it to do and can gracefully handle anything you throw at it. Learn more about how to make your code solid.
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