This has been a challenging year.
I just returned from my mother's funeral. She was almost 84 and had lived a full and happy life. I had closure with her upon our last meeting and so I have no regrets; she is indeed in a happier place.
Needless to say, blogging has not been foremost on my mind. I have a backlog of things to post, but they will have to wait for a bit.[Read More]
Software architecture, software engineering, and Renaissance Jazz
From archive: August 2005 X
I admire Joel Spolsky's wisdom on the business and practice of software development. A recent Slashdot posting led me to his recent article on the value of hiring good programmers in which he notes that "design adds value faster than it adds cost. Or, roughly speaking, if you try to skimp on programers, you'll make crappy software, and you won't even save that much money."
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Microsoft's initial forays into Google's space may be found here, here, here, and (my favorite) here. Just to explore the capabilities of the site, I did a vanity search and discovered the forthcoming Booch Festival being held on the 13th of August with groups such as the Sheer, Die Apocalyptischen Reiter, Stijn, D.A.A.U. Epica, Krezip and the not-to-be-missed Jaya the Cat. Also, don't miss reading the profile of Sir Booch - a rather remarkable likeness, don't you think? - or the ever more snugly and four-footed Booch. Finally, if you are in need of wedding reception music in the Pittsburgh area, don't miss out on Booch-X Entertainment.
I'm not ready to replace my Google toolbox on my browser quite yet.[Read More]
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Or, a Posting of Various Amusing and Curious Diversions, Full of Amazing Facts that Will Lift Your Spirits and Delight Your Friends.
In case you didn't know this already, Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005, received her bachelor's degree in information technology management. I have been unable to verify the rumor that she's a frequent poster at the Defcon forum, writing under the name "UniHckrGrrrl5."
IBM continues to populate its pattern solution forum on developerWorks, with the most recent addition - the WebSphere Platform Messaging Patterns Asset - aimed at building service-oriented architectures.
Last night, I produced two fifteen minute videos for Rational's software development conferences being held in India and Brazil. Thank you, Apple for making it so easy to record, edit, and master a professional DVD. I have the printing and audio/video production capacity of a small nation and Final Cut and DVD Studio Pro (and their younger companions, iMovie and iDVD) are my primary tools in this space; they are a real pleasure to use.
Speaking of Rational meetings, you can plug in to our global user community here.
If you are accustomed to writing lots of business correspondence, check out the MBA Jargon Watch. In no time you will gain traction with your mission critical stakeholders by composing actionable best practices for deployment to your scalable centers of exellence. If you encounter any pushback during your real-time roll out of those value-added deliverables from those who drink the Kool-Aid, catch me off-line and I'll help you repurpose and synergize your work so that you'll end up with a world-class win-win solution. Bullfighter is another piece of software that might help you out here as well.
Michael Kaplan's blog makes an interesting discovery about the Google search engine; you can try it yourself by googling the word "failure." Methinks that the results are not strictly according to the PageRank algorithm.
At Universiteit Twente, check out Project QUIDS on QUality Indicators in Design Spaces.
On Slashdot, there's an interesting riff on the industry's next programming models. While you are poking about, check out a related post from the MIT Technology Review.
Drawing this rambling post to a close, I've been doing my usual technical reading (I still have about one hundred architecture-related technical papers left to slog through) and pleasure reading (this week it's the animation classic The Illusion of Life by Thomas and Johnston, The Radioactive Boy Scout by Silverstein, and A Theological Miscellany by McTavish).[Read More]