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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 12-7-12


5 12 7 12It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, As Mobile Grows So Does Revenue, please check it out now. Mary Meeker's presentation on the state of the Internet laid out a clear case that the Post PC era is upon us and mobile is where the money is.

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And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

What a Big-Data Business Model Looks Like | Harvard Business Review

There is little doubt that the growng sources of internal and external data are going to have a profound impact on business moving forward, but this article digs a little deeper to look at what a Big Data business model could look like.

Top 10 reasons why Darth Vader was an amazing project manager | GeekWire

What geek can resist a good Star Wars metaphor? This one explores the reasons why Darth Vader, for all his ruthlessness might have made a darn good IT project manager -- putting aside the murder, mayhem and brutality of course for the sake of argument. 

Slideshow: Top Paying Technology Jobs by Position - 2012 | Tom's IT Pro

What were the top IT jobs this year? Inquiring minds want to know. You can be sure that data scientists was probably one of them, but it wasn't just data geeks. There was a surprisingly diverse group.

Agile is Not for Everyone | Managing Product Development

Agility is becoming essential for all business, and ability to react and change to whatever happens in the market and programming is no different. That's probably why the Agile programming methodology developed, but this writer suggests there may be organizations where it doesn't work and it takes an honest assessment of your culture to figure it out.

Don't Cut Yourself: Code Optimization as a Double-Edged Sword | Smarbear

Like agility, code optimization sounds great in theory, but it's much harder in practice. This post looks at the optimization process and gives you advice on what to consider before you decide to optimize your project. You might be wise to read this before you jump in.

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