Marco Dorantes' WebLog

"Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes" -Edsger W. Dijkstra

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    Blog change

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    I will post further reflections on business value with software development and on the reflective practice of "architecture" on the following address: http://softwarevalue.blogspot.mx/
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    Reflective developer

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    ...or why I see no authority in traditional certification exams? I have followed authority and I am aware of the value of doing that, so much so that today I still look forward to follow authority. A serious problem is precisely that there is no grounds...
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    Aesthetics in software design

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    Designing software, like many other interesting activities, involves both science and art [ Knuth74 ]. The activity, therefore, has objective and subjective aspects. The objective and subjective have each their due prominence. Objectivity predominates...
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    Inspiration for test-driven design?

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    What could possibly inspire someone to take test-driven design (TDD) more seriously? I can only tell about what kind of experience has inspired me: (1) the act of watching someone doing TDD with dexterity. (2) Observing the quality of the outcome in relation...
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    Egoless architecture

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    What is architecture? Which could be the shared properties among diverse schools of thought and practice of architecture? Complexity management is possibly a common property among these kinds of design disciplines. Such complexity is present in many respects;...
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    Good programming styles

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    A presentation by Bjarne Stroustrup, creator of C++, about good programing styles. This presentation was dedicated to Dennis Ritchie, creator of C. Note of relevance: The C programming language, in one way or another, is at the bottom of all existing...
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    Empirically controlled?

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    The creation of software-based business solutions, also known as application development, could benefit a lot from specific kinds of development processes; in particular those controlled empirically, like those with an iterative and incremental kernel...
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    Further steps in theoretical groundwork for software development

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    Time ago I posted about the obsolescence of some theories for project management ( The underlying Theory of Project Management is Obsolete ) and, hence, about the need for better theories not just for management. In my journey as a software professional...
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    Architecture and empowerment

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    How bad could organizational hierarchies be for the advance of professionalism in the business of software creation? In particular, command and control organizational hierarchies derived from misinterpretations of the concept of ‘governance’...
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    Measure of trust

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    Building trust is precisely what I look for when I think about adaptive development in general. We, as creators and as consumers of software, need better levels of trust at many levels. The directors of the European Space Agency surely wanted a better...
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    Dark Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Take 2

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    In addition to this : Do you think that instead of "We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it." people tend to adopt "We are uncovering the only ways of developing software teaching others."? Yes,...
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    Dark Manifesto for Agile Software Development

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    For those interested in answer a survey or questionnaire by Giancarlo Succi and Andrea Janes: http://darkagilemanifesto.org Let me also post here my comments for further discussion: Part 1 Do you think that instead of "We are uncovering better...
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    Sugar-free C# – Part 2: Iterators 1

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    Task: as a breadth developer, I need to analyze a set of VB6 legacy applications and enlist all stored procedures invoked per subroutine per application. Is this a task for a breadth developer? Let’s consider this criterion: if the number of...
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    Sugar-free C# – Part 1: Introduction

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    There is the notion of breadth developer, which encompasses the attitudes of the practical mindset: How can I do such and such task in a straightforward way? For example, I need to analyze a set of VB6 legacy applications and enlist all stored procedures...
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    Is all of software engineering dead?

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    The subject matter of « software engineering » has been of enormous interest to me since youth. As usual for novel things, in the beginning it represented the most advanced form of professional thinking and behavior in software. The reason...
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    To what degree it is my ignorance?

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    Phillip G. Armour, in his work The Laws of Software Process: A New Model for the Production and Management of Software , proposes that software is a mean for the preservation of knowledge as have been the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the brain, tools...
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    Being wrong

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    I attended a wonderful talk about me: being wrong . That is, the talk was about a persistent trait of we humans.
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    Creative thinkers and science

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    Creative thinkers and great designers often share a scientific view of life. Scientific thinking has propelled technological inventions. Technology repeatedly has been of great help for mankind; software technology is key, as Bjarne Stroupstrup has said...
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    Which Science?

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    The event La Ciudad de las Ideas occurred in the city of Puebla, Mexico, 11-13 November 2010, included a debate between theists and atheists. In a format similar to the debate occurred during the same event of the year 2009. Does the universe have a purpose...
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    Watts S. Humphrey

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    Watts S. Humphrey , founder of the Software Process Program at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and recipient of the National Medal of Technology, has passed away Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 . He wrote extensively about software...
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    What does it mean to get an Agile certification?

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    I have heard through many years that a certification-based curriculum is very, very important for those who want to be considered competent. I have tried hard to understand this perspective. I have been told the importance resides in the fact that business...
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    Good intention alone

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    Often I hear phrases or calls, on the part of people in a hierarchical position in an organization, such as the following examples. I listen to them either directly or endorsed by such persons: "By questioning we are open to critical positions that...
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    Software development process is about flow

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    Taylorism* still has strong mental roots in the endings of post-industrial era; hence, many still try to reason about the creation process of software-based business solutions in terms of an old-manufacturing mindset: trying to characterize analysis,...
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    Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition

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    Latest Microsoft Application Architecture Guide is available from the following hyperlink: Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition This is a good resource to consider when thinking about the design of concurrent and distributed software...
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    Debate is welcome in adaptive thinking

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    A normal and healthy situation in a team of peers is open communication. This is precisely what is expected in an agile team: The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation...
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