Monthly Archive: June 2006

Jun 28

Domain Knowledge

I’m kicking myself for not realizing this earlier.   I’m starting to build an architecture around a new business domain – Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials.  I’ve learned quite a bit about the domain over the last few weeks, but I just realized that if I had read the Wikipedia pages on Clinical Trials, I would have had …

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Jun 26

Fred Brooks on Agility

From a 1987 article: Much of present-day software-acquisition procedure rests upon the assumption that one can specify a satisfactory system in advance, get bids for its construction, have it built, and install it. I think this assumption is fundamentally wrong, and that many software-acquisition problems spring from that fallacy. Hence, they cannot be fixed without …

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Jun 26

Vindication!

Heh, After my last post, I discovered the official Web Services With Rails website, and decided to see if I could figure out why the Google w/WSDL example from their “booklet” didn’t work. But instead, I got this: NoMethodError in CodeController#googlewsdltest undefined method `create_rpc_driver’ for # RAILS_ROOT: E:/webfiles/rorbe.com/public/../config/.. () So it wasn’t just me.  Apparently …

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Jun 26

First disappointment with Ruby on Rails!

It’s taken some time, but I’ve finally found something significantly unsatisfactory in RoR.  Debugging support. Essentially, you have to add the breakpoint method to your code wherever you need a breakpoint.  That’s odd, but reasonable.  Then, in a seperate command shell, start up the breakpointer.  (This can all be found here) A little confusing, but …

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Jun 24

Minors and the Internet

Myspace is trying to figure out what to do about adults preying on minors on Myspace.  EKR has some comments on the overall ineffectiveness of the approach. My thoughts: One of the things I’ve learned in my time is that a fairly low barrier still seems to keep a lot of people “well behaved”.   …

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Jun 20

Heh

I found a rather amusing set of 80s music videos this morning.  This one by Dead or Alive, in particular, summarizes the entire genre of New Wave music videos.

Jun 09

There are lots of silver bullets

A long time ago, I read Fred Brooks’ “The Mythical Man Month” and “No Silver Bullet“, and I agreed with it. But now, many years later, I think he was wrong.  I think there are lots of silver bullets that make software easier to build. The problem is that what we need to build keeps …

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Jun 03

Carnival Of The Agilists – June 3rd Edition

Welcome to the June 3rd edition of the Carnival of Agilists – the bimonthly roster of the best posts from the Agile Blogosphere. Sorry about the delay, we had some crossed wires. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Simplicity ain’t easy – a long, thoughtful post by Brad Appleton. Lots of interesting points and …

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