Monthly Archive: August 2006

Aug 30

What not to do in Ruby on Rails

More for me than others, but I’ve done a few of these things, and this is a good read.

Aug 30

New, Made up Word of the Day

The new word of the day is “FeatureSpam” FeatureSpam:   n A variation of Feature Creep,  FeatureSpam is the rapid addition of (seemingly random) features, capabilities and content to a software project deliverable, without regard to deadlines, existing project objectives or (in the worst cases) common sense. For example:  A Project Management software project where one …

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Aug 24

Two, no, Three interesting posts

Scrum – the bright light of scrutiny on your organization’s processes and methods Pitfalls when trying to adopt agile development An interesting technique for refactoring convoluted legacy code (hat tip: Kevin Rutherford) Another recent article (which I can’t find right now) talked about how problems with adopting agile suggest problems with the organizational structure more …

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Aug 24

Good Enough

Seth wonders if ‘Good enough will be the next big idea‘.   This aligns well with Kathy Sierra’s writings on featuritis, and the general agile principle of “Good Enough” software. I would say that this will only be true if “good enough” sells to the general public, and they buy “good enough” merchandise on a satisfyingly …

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Aug 17

Two Things

The latest Carnival of the Agilists is up, and very well done too, I might add. Happy birthday to my friend Bob Forsman.

Aug 16

Event Driven Architecture

One of the things I’ve noticed about the most complex systems out there is that they are all Event-driven.  Operating systems, Windowing systems – at the end of the day, anything that’s trying to be a generalized platform for general purpose work ends up behaving as an event-driven system.     That’s the point at which the …

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Aug 16

Awkward

From Seth Godin: It’s awkward to talk to your boss (who has way more experience than you do) about teaching her agile programming. It’s awkward to call a religious or political leader on their intolerant comments. It’s awkward to bring up pre-need burial services with an older person. (What a great oxymoron, by the way). …

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Aug 15

I want to be a pirate

So does George Harrison. Napster should have used this for their theme song.

Aug 13

Flex – Separating Content from Code

I’m likely to be doing more Flex programming in the relatively near future, so I’m gathering interesting posts. http://www.zeuslabs.us/archives/87/separating-layout-from-style-and-functionality/ My only problem with this example (and it is primarily because it is just an example) is that it makes it much harder to see the direct consequence of an action – you have to go …

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Aug 12

Combine Agile with SOA and what do you get?

http://www.infoq.com/articles/Agile–The-SOA-Hangover-Cure

Aug 12

By the way

Did I mention that I finally, finally have a chance to do for-pay Rails work?    Nothing fancy, but its a great start.

Aug 12

Ruby On Rails Dev Links

Scott Bronson reviews the various Ruby debuggers. Winners: Free:  ruby-debug Pro: Arachno Ruby And then a guy named ‘rabble’ is, or has written a book on Testing Rails (woo hoo!).  Here is the companion blog.

Aug 12

If this doesn’t convince you to support Net Neutrality, nothing will

This is the best Internet video ever! Starring a bunch of ‘Net wierdo legends, including the Peter Pan guy, the Tron guy, the Burger King Subservient Chicken, the two chinese guys who performed ‘N-Sync on Google Idol, the Dancing Baby from Allie McBeal fame and at least one more person. If you only see one …

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Aug 07

Drinking/Party Game

Everyone gets together, and agrees on a rough portion of the country.  Then, everyone names a popular song that’s likely to get played on the radio. Then, someone surfs over to yes.com, and everyone watches the real-time song start announcements to see when their song shows up in the specified region. Whoever’s song is the …

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Aug 07

August 3rd Carnival of the agilists

I posted this on the wrong blog.  Sorry about that – you can find it here.  Great job, Pete!