Steve Rowe's Blog

Ruminations on Computing - Programming, Test Development, Management and More

January, 2008

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    The Tipping Point: Not True?

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    There's a popular business book out right now called the Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. In it he explains how big trends are started by a few people. He calls them connectors and mavens. These are the people who know everyone. I read the book about...
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    Unboxing Drobo

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    My Drobo arrived today.  It is a slick device.  As one accustomed to the PC world, even the unboxing was a treat.  The typical piece of PC hardware comes in utilitarian packaging.  You're just going to throw it away anyway, so why...
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    Trying Windows Home Server

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    Over the weekend I installed Windows Home Server on a spare box that I had. So far, I'm impressed. The interface is very slick. Installation of the client software called the "Connector" is easy. Go to a share on the server and install. All connections...
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    Design to Interfaces

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    This is the 2nd article in the Design Principles to Live By series. An interface is--for the purposes of this post at least--an abstract definition of the functionality of an object. It is the signature of a class divorced from its implementation....
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    Prefer Loose Coupling

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    This is the 3rd post in the Design Principles to Live By series. Coupling is the degree to which software components depend on each other. Tight coupling is a high degree of dependence. In practical terms, it means one component needs intimate knowledge...
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    Do We Need A New Kind of CS Degree?

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    Joel Spolsky suggests that we should have something called a BFA in Software Development . That is, a Bachelor's in Fine Arts focused on creating software. I think he's onto something. I've called for something similar in the past. Presently there are...
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    Two Software Development Worlds

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    I was recently listening to an interview with Joel Spolsky . The main subject is interviewing and hiring, but in the course of the interview Joel touches on an interesting point. He says that there are two major types of software: Shrinkwrap and Custom...
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    Welcome to 2008

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    Not a great start for 2008 out here in Seattle. We had a big fireworks display at midnight on the Space Needle. Unfortunately, there were some glitches. The fireworks were coordinated by a computer, but it had some " glitches " and eventually they had...
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