Sunday, November 30, 2008

To Shake!

The weekend was busy as any impending across-the-Atlantic move would demand but I managed to download Chrome (I have been using Firefox for years) and poked around the web.

I tried to run the technorati searches that we appear on but it didn't work. It may be a matter of sgining-in, the reading was interesting nevertheless.

Some of the posts were pro unit test other against, Agitar, Agile, etc.

A blogger explained that Agile is an incremental methodology where the developer decides what to work on next. A couple of them stated in other posts that a lot of their collegues just don't write unit-tests.

It is not surprising: as soon as the decision of what to work on is made by the over-pressured project manager, something's got to give.

Agitar's demise may be a consequence of the previous, but it also missed some crucial requirements: it just worked unit tests, the underlying framework was somewhat limited. It also solved just part of a customer problem: product quality. By only adding a lock statement the whole thing lost compass.

BTW, Chrome seems very useful...

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Friday, November 28, 2008


In case any of you were wondering, DevRiot runs in Java and .Net but it is not limited to those runtimes. It could run on C or C++.

It is a matter of resources available:-}

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wise Guys...

Well the Spanish (mine too) PM managed to have his picture taken with the rest of the big boys.

But so did the Dutch PM.

Apparently the price paid by Spain for the picture was high according to the specialized press. The Dutch were invited. The meeting was with the lamest of the duck US presidents.

So after the Azores picture, Trafalgar, all the gold from the New World, Spain still willingly buys the Brooklyn Bridge.


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Recompile The Move...

Ok it's hard to move across the ocean again and fix bugs but we have managed to fix some areas that were choking while recompiling: abstract classes + interfaces.

Still no departure date.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Moving to Denver this winter...

In an unusual turn of events, we are moving to the Rockies this Christmas.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Uninvited Guest...

Spain's PM is about to shoot himself in the foot: after crying and whining for weeks that he was not invited to the Financial Crisis Summit, it appears that France's PM is thinking about giving up his chair as EU president so Spain's PM could go.

Other EU members with stronger economies: Sweden (ABB, Volvo, Ericsson, Ikea) Holland (ING, ABN, Phillips, Shell) are out meeting. This was suposedly a European UNION.

Beware of what you ask for: Spain is not part of the G8 or G20, this PM has a history of diplomatic tantrums with the USA, Spain still is recipient of EU help. He has even made fun of fellow European PMs: France and Italy.

The first question would be: if Spain economy is so big , it maybe it doesn't need those moneys.

And now France's PM is willing to let him in. I wonder what price tag that chair has.


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Saturday, November 01, 2008


Recently, there was this thread on LinkedIn about an open-source project which lead me to think the following:

Everybody has benefited from OSS in one form or the other. Some others have contributed work.

But the interesting fact is that OSS was born during a period of abundance. How will it cope during global recession?

Do companies will have enough extra budget to continue support? Will individuals have the job security (in terms of income or available time) to contribute?

Hopefully, OSS will not suffer beyond repair for everyone's sake, but it will be an interesting development.

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