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  • Blog Post: Self-fulfilling prophecies in computer science education?

    Everybody has heroes. Bjarne is one of mine. If I have to explain why to you, then you wouldn’t understand even if I did try to ‘splain it. Heh. (That comment will be funnier later in this post, if you like irony.) I’ve done some recruiting events for Microsoft at my alma mater (the University of Houston...
  • Blog Post: Do you want the bad news first? Or the worse news?

    Oh noes!! "We're interested in seeing COBOL as a first-class citizen on .NET and on the Azure cloud," [chief technology officer of application modernization at Micro Focus] said. "Wherever cloud computing is going, we want COBOL to be running there." Taking COBOL into the Cloud? ...
  • Blog Post: Can you tell a great architect from a bad one?

    Since I'm going to be sitting as a panel member on an MCA review board soon, I'd like to think I can, but apparently some researchers are having trouble... Highly capable designers have an incentive to choose somewhat more difficult designs to better prove their talent, while less-capable designers have...
  • Blog Post: One thing leads to another... leads to fired?

    I'm not sure what I'm supposed to get out when people start sending me links like this: 10 Signs Your Company Wants You Gone (eweek.com) Why Your Boss Doesn’t Want You to Telework (webworkerdaily.com) If the second one is actually #11 from the first...? C'est la vie. Heh. Should be fun picking...
  • Blog Post: Are you fungible? Or are you a funge?

    A flamewar that I've been having with Steve (over @ SQLServerCentral.com ) got me thinking about developer fungibility again. It was something that I struggled with when managing teams of developers in previous lives. (Thankfully, I don't manage anybody anymore. Not even me. Heh.) It almost seems like...
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