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July 12, 2006, 45 comments
As long as we believe that it's possible to deterministically control the development of software, deterministic solutions will be the only ones that we can entertain. Only by letting go of the idea of determinism can we open up to other, less perfect ways of influencing the process.
July 8, 2006, 68 comments
Apparently Einstein went to his grave believing that "God does not play dice with the universe," that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle was wrong, and that there was just some other variable that we weren't taking into account that would explain everything.
July 6, 2006, 57 comments
How can we see the problems that we face when building software through new eyes?
July 5, 2006, 9 comments
Some studies have shown that reviews are a far cheaper and more efficient approach to error removal than testing. These studies don't suggest that reviews should replace testing, but that you are missing out on some big economic leverage if you don't use reviews.
July 3, 2006, 56 comments
In the fairly famous "Defense Science Board Task Force on Military Software" released in the late 1980s, recommedation 29 was to "...develop economic incentives...to allow contractors to profit from offering modules for reuse..."
June 21, 2006, 17 comments
One commenter on my previous blog entry suggested that, because "Jini has recently been released by Sun as an ALV2 licensed opensource system. Thus, the door has opened for a whole new wave of distributed systems revolution."
June 20, 2006, 22 comments
Like so many of the "this will solve all your problems" technologies of the past, CORBA came riding in on the usual fanfare of "yes, finally, this is really the one!"
June 16, 2006, 2 comments
The "Thinking in Java" conference was kind of a bust, sign-up wise. And I think I know why.
June 14, 2006, 7 comments
I came across a web site that had tried to be a magazine and was clearly having trouble. I think all attempts to simply transfer the magazine format to a web site haven't worked as expected.
June 9, 2006, Submit comment
As a followup to "Simplifying XML Manipulation", here is the Fedex Rate Requester that motivated me to make xmlnode in the first place. Because xmlnode got the XML-creation code noise out of the way, I was able to bash this together very quickly.
June 9, 2006, 10 comments
I've been having some good collaboration experiences lately with a coauthor in another state, working on a book project together.
June 7, 2006, 29 comments
Every time someone creates a new XML-based language, God (performs some unspeakable act).
May 29, 2006, 26 comments
Sometimes it seems that the true value of something in our business is inversely proportional to the hype. When programmers come up with a good idea, they don't seem very good at hyping it.
May 4, 2006, 5 comments
This is a series of interviews that I did a few years back, before podcasting became commonplace. My original intent was to turn them into a CD, but I had a few release issues and it got put on the back burner and forgotten for awhile.