The Importance of Context in Engineering

by Doug Durham 7/14/2015

People who know me understand how strongly I feel about experiential learning. I have often talked about how valuable I believe my own personal experiences are and how I feel they impact the way I see and approach problems. I even wrote a blog post talking about how challenging it can be to work with bright but inexperienced people. More...

Tags:

Software Engineering | View From The Booth

Developing Software Products in a World of Gray

by Doug Durham 6/23/2015

Like it or not, we live and work in a world of uncertainty and vague requirements. I like telling people that very little in my life is black and white. Most of it is shades of gray. This is not necessarily a bad thing because I think it is what makes designing software products (and life in general) interesting and challenging. I don't think I would enjoy the ride as much if everything was straightforward, obvious, and deterministic. More...

Tags:

Software Patterns

Nebraska Code Follow-up

by Doug Durham 3/20/2015

We were overwhelmed by the attendance and response to the presentation we gave at the 2015 Nebraska Code conference on how we approach product development at Nebraska Global / Don’t Panic Labs. It was great to have so many people interested in what we do and how we do it.

Afterwards, we were asked by several people if they could get a copy of our slide deck for their reference.To that we say, “But of course!” You can download it here.

 

Tags: ,

Software Engineering

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

by Doug Durham 3/12/2013

As we were looking back over the blog's 2012 stats, I was struck (and humbled, honestly) at how many visitors we've received and the attention certain posts had garnered. Our five most popular posts in 2012 were:More...

Tags: , , , ,

View From The Booth

Redirecting to HTTPS While Using Amazon's Elastic Load Balancer

by Doug Durham 12/18/2012

Neema Bahramzad is a senior Computer Engineering major at the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was one of our 2012 summer interns. He is also co-founder, along with Caitlin Bales, of Locabal – of a new company whose mission is to connect producers of handcrafted items with buyers locally and globally. Here he shares his experience with Amazon's Elastic Beanstalk solution.More...

Tags: , , ,

Software Development Tips & Tricks

Observations from the Backlog Management Team (aka Spencer Farley)

by Doug Durham 9/20/2012

As the summer began to wind down, we asked that each intern team write about what they worked on, what they learned, and how this experience will affect the remainder of their formal education. In this post, Spencer Farley talks about how he – as a one-man team – spent the summer developing a backlog management application for internal use. More...

Tags:

Software Engineering

Our Goals

by Doug Durham 9/6/2012

When our summer interns started, I sat down with them to cover the nitty gritty details of what, why and how we do things at Don't Panic Labs. I broke it down into three categories: our goals, what we value and what we expect. In what I envision as a series of posts, I'll lay out what I covered with them because I don't think these, at a high level, are unique to just our intern experience. More...

Tags:

Software Engineering | View From The Booth

Observations from the Beehive Mobile Intern Team

by Doug Durham 8/23/2012

At the end of the summer, we asked each intern team write to about what they worked on, what they learned, and how this experience will affect the remainder of their formal education. This post is from the Mobile Beehive team embedded with Beehive Industries. Mobile Beehive team members are Avery Quandt and Tim Hoffman. More...

Tags:

Software Engineering

Observations from the Coach Tablet Intern Team

by Doug Durham 8/16/2012

As the summer begins to wind down for our intern teams, we asked that each one write about what their team worked on, what they learned, and how this experience will affect the remainder of their formal education. This post is from the Coach Tablet team embedded with EliteForm. Team members are Jed Dumire, Dalton Dick and Nate Watley. More...

Tags:

Software Engineering

Observations from the Strength as a Service Intern Team

by Doug Durham 8/7/2012

As the summer begins to wind down for our intern teams, we asked that each one write about what their team worked on, what they learned, and how this experience will affect the remainder of their formal education. This post is from the Strength as a Service (SaaS) team embedded with EliteForm. SaaS team members are Andrew Koerner, Caitlyn Bales and Neema Bahramzad. More...

Tags: ,

Software Engineering

About Doug