Tim Abell – software developer.

My Screencasting Setup

I just made a video to demo schema explorer. I did this in one take with no post-production work. I figure practice will improve my selection and delivery of the content. Behind the scenes I used the following: Hardware... Continue Reading →

Regression Tests for ASP.NET / SQL Projects

I've had the opportunity to attempt many variations of regression testing on many projects. Many of the systems I've worked on have at least some level of workflow, meaning a user has to move through many steps as the system... Continue Reading →

Developers, Love Your SQL Database

Developers, don't be afraid of your SQL database, don't try and ignore it, try and make it the best it can be just like you do for your code. What's wrong today I've noticed that a lot of projects that... Continue Reading →

My approach to my work

This post is a work in progress. I've realised that something that sets me apart from other developers with similar buzzwords on their CV is the way I think about things and the principles I think are important. But I've... Continue Reading →

Contract developer to entrepreneur – resources

I'm not there yet so I'm no authority, but here's some things that I think are fab resources on my journey. They are helping me change my thought patterns and behaviour to make success more likely. Books (roughly in order... Continue Reading →

Down with SDV! long live SSE!

I can't keep up with myself on this startup journey, but I hope I can give you a peek into my journey as I go. I've had couple of revelations recently which I'll explain here: Discovering your needs I've managed... Continue Reading →

From contractor to entrepreneur – motivations

I'm not sure what changed but I used to be happy publishing open source code on github and thinking I'd done the world a mighty favour. But slowly I started to become uneasy. How much good have I really done... Continue Reading →

Looking for beta-testers for my new Free Sql Data Viewer tool

Hi, my name's Tim and I'm a UK based developer trying to build my first startup.  I'm working on a data-browsing tool for Sql Server etc. that I really believe can help people do their jobs. I'm reaching out to... Continue Reading →

Why SDV could be a billion dollar business

Okay maybe a billion is a long shot, but I read the Hiten Shah article on how Trello could have been a $1B business (via startup chat) and was surprised to discover there are lessons for how I can turn... Continue Reading →

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