Absence of process is a process
I hope I don't tilt the results by talking about this week's poll so soon after posting it, but I've been really surprised by the first few hours of balloting.
Apropos of nothing, I decided to toss out a "what process do you use" question: XP, Scrum, Waterfall, and a few others that research suggested were prominent enough to get some votes. As usual, I threw...
Of old data and new apps
Being able to work on new stuff is a surprisingly rare privilege. More often than is generally understood, you're either enhancing or replacing already-extant systems. And, as they've been deployed and are in use, they probably have a whole bunch of data that needs to migrate to the new application.
If this task doesn't have "we'll get to that" written all over it,...
Jini gets back to the device
Remember when Jini was launched, how all the hype was about self-networking devices? Jini enthusiasts do... many of them with a shudder. Suffice to say that talking up the ability of your toaster to "talk to" your refrigerator was not exactly a compelling use-case in 2000.