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Should you care about Conway’s Law?

Conway’s Law says that“organizations which design systems (in the broad sense used here) are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.” [emphasis mine] This was ...
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Apache OpenOffice just graduated from the Incubator

Apache OpenOffice has just made it out of the Incubator and is now an official Apache Software Foundation project. “What?”, might some people ask now, “wasn’t it official before a year or so?”. No, it wasn’t! When Orac ...
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How I select Open Source projects

Earlier this day somebody sent a image on twitter. Its title was something like, “how to choose Open Source projects” or so. It showed a flow chart. The first decision point was: is it an Apache project. If yes, so the creator ...
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On Measuring Code Coverage

In a previous post, I explained how to visualize what part of your code is covered by your tests. This post explores two questions that are perhaps more important: why and what code coverage to measure.Why We Measure Code Co ...
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Self-Service is the Future of Enterprise Software

Despite human desire to be pampered and served, there is a huge affinity to self service throughout the economy. Some samples: 1) Would you prefer to print your own boarding pass or have an agent do it for you? 2) Do you like taki ...
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Tips for identifying and debugging problems

It seems that some/many developers haven’t developed (pun intended) a good set of techniques to identify and resolve problems. And problems always occur, even in simple programs. Recently I’ve been answering a lot of questions ...
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Things Great Engineers (almost) Never Say

My job as a recruiter of software engineers and my 12 years as a user group leader have provided me the opportunity to speak with many talented technologists since entering the business in 1998, and through my interactions I’ve ...
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Using Hudson/Jenkins to diagnose that intermittent failure

I have been working on one of those intermittent bugs that just won’t reproduce on my machine; but will reproduce intermittently on other machines while they are running automated testing. I filled the code with trace statem ...
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Bad developer – good boss

While I am typing this, some developer is creating his kick-off application that will make him a millionaire. Well ok, wealthy enough to sustain his small business and motivate him to create more. At this moment some other develop ...
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Bad Things Happen to Good Code

We need to understand what happens to code over time and why, and what a healthy, long-lived code base looks like. What architectural decisions have the most lasting impact, and what decisions made early will make the most differe ...
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