This is time for birthdays; this month marks the 35th anniversary of the Intel 4004 microprocessor.
I had the opportunity to speak at an event with Gordon Moore a few years ago. I'm sure this very dialog was not the first time Gordon had encountered it, but I had to say it anyway. Speaking just before him, I quiped that, while I absolutely admire all the contributions he'd made, without software, Intel's chips would be nothing more than a pile of sand. Gordon then started his presentation with the remark that, without his chips, our software would be just marks on paper.
Such is the yin and yang, the eternal cosmic dance of hardware and software.
Software architecture, software engineering, and Renaissance Jazz
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In late October, I'd posted an appeal for a research assistant to lend me a hand with the Handbook. I received around 50 replies and in between customer visits have been sorting through them all. I was flattered by the breadth of responses. I had many from the US, but many more from India, Asia, and South American; offers came from everyone from undergrad and grad students to senior architects of some large companies. Thank you all for getting in touch with me.
It was not easy to choose, but in the end I selected another IBM colleague, Celso Gonzales to lend me a hand. Thanks to Amazon, I'm filling out Celso's library a bit so that he can first work on reorganizing the almost 2,000 patterns I've already cataloged. You'll see some subtle changes in that part of the Handbook site over time (and I'll blog about those changes as they unfold).