Monthly Archive: April 2006

Apr 29

Search Engine Showdown

I watched an episode of My Name Is Earl the other day, and now I have the kickass song from Kill Bill running through my head. But I don’t know its name! So I go to google and type: Kickass song from Kill Bill Google‘s answer (the one I’m looking for) is number four on …

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Apr 25

Seth Godin on Process

Seth asks ‘Why are you afraid of process?‘   Does it get in the way of intuition. I dislike and yes, sometimes fear process because often they are used to avoid making hard decisions.   Or because they make it harder to do things differently. There are all kinds of processes in this world.  I use …

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Apr 21

Seven Keys to Building Great Software Projects

Continuing in our series of ‘We read marketing collateral so you don’t have to’, I present to you ‘Seven Keys to Building Great Software Projects’ by the Menlo Institute. Here are the seven keys: Use a user-focused team to design your products Actively observe real users Conduct (user) interviews in phases Create highly specific personas …

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Apr 20

Carnival Of The Agilists

The latest version is up – by our newest contributor – Kevin Rutherford. Great job, Kevin!

Apr 20

Swanson’s Unwritten Rules – #10

In doing your project, don’t wait for others; go after them and make sure it gets done. Perseverance and followthrough are extremely important habits for an effective leader. Of course, so is knowing when to quit, but is a much harder lesson to learn well. But the important points about this particular rule is that …

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Apr 20

Robin Hanson turns all the dials to 11

This reminded me powerfully of the XP concept of turning up all the dials. Reasonable economic cases can be made for allowing people to sell their organs, and for allowing people to buy the ability to immigrate into our country.  Cautious people avoid such proposals, because they push too many emotional buttons.  Mischievous folks like …

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Apr 19

Flex and Ruby On Rails

Someone stole my idea to build an app combining the eye-candy of Flex with the web-dev coolness of Rails. Actually, I’m happy someone else did this, since I don’t have the spare time to work on this with all my other projects. The tutorial is very well written. I will enjoy looking at it with …

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Apr 19

Swanson’s Unwritten Rules – #9

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to this. My apologies. Don’t be known as a good starter but a poor finisher! This is definitely one of my weak spots, as demonstrated by how long of a time lag I left between #8 and #9 on this list! The “Getting Things Done” philosophy has helped …

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Apr 18

Excellent article on debugging techniques

From the title, I thought that this was going to be a tutorial on using a symbolic debugger (which I have grown to despise in a web-based world).  But instead, it is an overview of many of the ways one can find defective code, including lots of “social” techniques for finding the problems without even …

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Apr 18

Ruby block/method/proc tutorial

This is a well-written tutorial on some of the exotic functional programming aspects of Ruby.  I learned a couple of things. Unfortunately, I have a procedural-programming mindset.  Blocks and Closures, like my sword collection, are, for me, interesting but of little practical value.  It’s on my todo list! Oh, and here’s a tutorial on symbols …

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Apr 17

42% of IHateCilantro.com members agree with me!

A significant plurality of Cilantro haters agree that Cilantro tastes like soap. Just knowing that this forum exists makes me feel better about my intense dislike of Cilantro-infused foodstuffs.

Apr 15

Enterprise Architecture and Thou

A commenter pointed me to this article on the struggles and frustrations of an enterprise architect.   I have no particular quibbles with the author or the post – he seems to be trying to figure out how to deal with a difficult environment.  But I do think that over time, he has given up the …

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Apr 14

Agile Atlanta – 4/11 meeting notes

I was the speaker at the April 11th meeting, but instead of lecturing, I thought it would be more interesting to have a roundtable discussion on the following topics: Are backlogs waste? Who owns Scrum? What are good metrics for agile projects We had a pretty good turnout, and some interesting ideas for future meetings …

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Apr 07

Ruby On Rails

Cedric writes a thoughtful critique of Ruby on Rails. Many of his points are quite valid, and I have no doubt that Rails can falter and end up in Smalltalk zombie mode, doomed to shuffle the earth uselessly for the next 100 years. But I think that most of the larger-enterprise bloggers and commentors are …

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Apr 07

Carnival of the Agilists is up!

Pete Behrens hosts the current iteration of the carnival. We’ve moved to a twice-monthly format for the moment, so the next one will be April 20th.

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