Question Mark

Question Mark

Questions are an essential part of any development process. Developing software is a continual process. We are always writing the next piece of software. New tasks are kind of like the mail for mailmen, the mail just keeps coming. The tasks just keep coming. It is very easy to get heads down and stop asking […]

The Art of Data Contract Design

The Art of Data Contract Design

At Don’t Panic Labs, we care a lot about building software that can survive the test of time. We don’t care to build software that has to be thrown away after a couple of years. That focus on building sustainable software allows us to help deliver on “enabling sustainable business agility.” The basic principle from […]

Protecting Master Branches with Policies in Visual Studio Online

Protecting Master Branches with Policies in Visual Studio Online

At Don’t Panic Labs, we love tools that help us ensure we are writing quality code and following our development patterns and practices. We are using Visual Studio Online for many of our current projects and we have found some very useful features for protecting the master branches. Requiring pull requests for a branch On […]

SQL Aliasing – Why You Need It

SQL Aliasing – Why You Need It

Quick word on Aliasing. In the past few months I have come across a SQL issue that occurs in many different configurations, across various physical locations, and amongst several engineers. Since it was so prevalent I thought it might be helpful to talk about aliasing SQL instances. When you install a SQL instance, no matter […]