Tim Bray’s post on how enterprise systems are “Doing it Wrong” just triggered a realization for me. This whole agile vs. whatever debate has been a kind of red herring for a much larger argument about how businesses themselves ought to operate. I’ve seen large companies adopt agile methodologies, and they don’t magically transform as a result. Something of the earlier culture persists, and the tendency to overplan, overbuild and generally waste tons and tons of money continues.
I’ve just completed my Rails Rumble contest entry for this year. I took a very focused project, and built it as a single solo developer. I’m extremely pleased with the way it turned out. The site was inspired by a recent post over at kottke.org about “The Steve Ward” diet (see Kottke’s source article from Philip Greenspun, it’s a good read… and not actually about dieting). After reading about this simple diet strategy (it’s nothing more than a graph paper of your daily weight), I decided to try it for myself; it works.
Apple’s iPhone 3Gs has had a bit of a muted–dare I say disappointing–reception. Unlike with the 3G launch, very few of the new OS 3.0 features depend on the 3Gs model, and for most iPhone users (for me at least), there aren’t compelling reasons to upgrade. None of that matters, though. Apple’s going to make far more money for another reason: they didn’t discontinue sales of the regular iPhone 3G. Through AT&T subsidies, you can now get an iPhone 3G for $99.
Ruby on Rails is an excellent framework for building web applications. Perhaps the best. But it’s not currently very well suited to what I call web sites. The difference is simple. In a web site, the unique business value comes from the content creators (authors, bloggers, photographers, etc). In a web application, the business value comes directly from the programmers. Twitter, Google, Basecamp and eBay are web applications. CBSSports.com, KentuckyDerby.com, corporate brand sites and original news sources are all web sites.
Just heard this great Clem Snide song, called Find Love on NPR’s All Songs Considered: Don’t let hurricanes hold you back Raging rivers or shark attacks Find love, and give it all away Find love, and give it all away Wrestle bears bring them to their knees Steal the honey from killer bees Find love, and give it all away Find love, and give it all away Don’t be scared
This is one of my own personal Git FAQs. Here’s the scenario: You’ve created a topic branch of new code, and done all the work required to complete the feature. But before you can merge it back into the main tree, you get assigned to some new work, and the branch sits dormant for several days. Now the time has come to merge that feature back in, but it’s been so long, you forgot exactly what the code included.