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Mar 04 2009

Enterpriseyness

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Q: How do you know when you’re talking to an excessively enterprisey software vendor? A: When they require an NDA before they tell you anything about what their product costs. I’ve been down the enterprise software path; I’ve worked in companies producing it, I’ve worked in companies buying it. I know the drill. I’ve fought […]

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Aug 21 2008

Best Presentation Ever

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Alex Miller declared a Giles Bowkett talk (purportedly about “Archaeopteryx: A Ruby MIDI Generator”) the best presentation ever. I was skeptical. Wow. “Best Ever” is an overstatment of course; but it’s worth your 45 minutes and then some.

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May 31 2008

Need text? Hire a Writer

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To help create the document I mentioned earlier about the merits of custom software development, I hired a subcontract writer. The only typing I did was a bit at the start and perhaps a half-hour of editing at the end; all the rest of my input was in the form of spoken-word audio recordings, which […]

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May 31 2008

Buy vs. Build

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A while back Joel Spolsky wrote about “Five Worlds” of software development. Over at Oasis Digital and elsewhere, I’ve been living in two of them: Custom, internal software that we develop as consultants. Commercial software that we develop at our expense, then sell licenses. As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about the relative […]

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May 26 2008

Start with a Prototype

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I have often given the advice to start each project with an end to end working first draft, also known as an evolutionary prototype, and sometimes I have even followed this advice myself. My own projects have been most successful when following it, such as in three projects that come to mind: A 6+ year […]

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May 25 2008

On the Job Training

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I recently heard from a developer who worked on a project here for about one year, several years back. I won’t name or quote him directly; the essence of his message was: He learned a lot during that year. This learning was a turning point in his career. What he learned has proved lucrative. Of […]

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