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N. Alex Rupp

N. Alex Rupp studies theoretical geometry and classical literature, and writes for a number of tech rags of wide and varied (dis)repute. He is conducting ongoing research in declarative programming. More information on him may be found at


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TC IASA presents "The Secrets of ROI for Software Architects" by Cris Ross

Posted by n_alex on July 23, 2004 at 6:44 AM PDT

Interested in Software Architecture? Twin Cities Resident? On Monday, August 16th 2004 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Cris Ross, CIO of United Behavioral Health will be delivering a presentation on "The Secrets of ROI for Architects" for the Twin Cities Chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (TC-IASA). The meeting'll be hosted by Intertech Training in Eagan, MN.

My high school buddy got b0rked out of his GI Bill

Posted by n_alex on July 8, 2004 at 7:02 AM PDT

Barstow gets b0rked out of his GI Bill.

Approaching Architecture

Posted by n_alex on July 7, 2004 at 7:36 AM PDT

Warning--high buzzword content in this blog entry might cause headaches. Aspirin, cool water and a whitenoise generator recommended. For best results, do not read on an empty stomach.

I landed my dream job: Open Technology Systems

Posted by n_alex on June 21, 2004 at 12:07 PM PDT

It's been a long haul since I started working with Open Source technology. There have been times when I've joked about the rice and lentils diet, only I wasn't really joking. I was putting a brave face on a pretty frightening and hungry lifestyle.

Unit Testing EJBs

Posted by n_alex on June 11, 2004 at 3:29 PM PDT

TechEd 2004, Day 04

Posted by n_alex on May 27, 2004 at 10:33 PM PDT

One of the major themes at TechEd this year was how to increase productivity. The marketing slogan was "Do More With Less". Early on, I mentioned how Microsoft's Visual Studio tools give them an edge on the Java community.

TechEd 2004, Day 03

Posted by n_alex on May 27, 2004 at 9:15 PM PDT

Open standards allow multiple vendors to offer their own implementation of valuable technologies. The Sun and JCP open standards are particularly good at helping small vendors participate in the technology market. Competition makes software cheaper, forcing the vendors to improve the quality of their products and services.

TechEd 2004, Day 02

Posted by n_alex on May 24, 2004 at 9:24 PM PDT

I don't know exactly what I was expecting from Steve Ballmer's keynote address this morning. I've never seen the man speak before, or heard his voice. In fact, I haven't even seen a photograph of him that wasn't a decade old. What I did not expect was for Mr. Ballmer to have somehow transformed into a spitting image of my former Governor, Jesse Ventura. They look alike. They speak alike.

TechEd 2004, Day 01

Posted by n_alex on May 23, 2004 at 11:11 PM PDT

I must admit, it was a little odd being a Java guy walking into a room full of .NET User Group Leaders from all around the country. The abundance of caffeine and general rowdiness of the 75 member crowd helped ease tensions somewhat, and while I got my bearings I took careful note of the group, its dynamic and the subject matter they were covering.

What about a Shockwave Community Process?

Posted by n_alex on May 21, 2004 at 12:31 PM PDT

This is pure speculation on my part, but what if Macromedia were to assemble a community-driven process based on the JCP that they could use to extend the Shockwave platform and give companies and individuals around the world a chance to have a voice in the matter?