Author Archives: Scali

Read any good books lately?

Recently, I have written a few things about Agile methods and Scrum. I feel that they are not the solution to everything, because in certain scenarios they have severe risks and drawbacks. I warned about how certain (sub-)problems cannot easily … Continue reading

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Intel tries its hand at a discrete GPU again?

As you may have heard a few months ago, Intel has employed Raja Koduri, former GPU-designer at AMD’s Radeon division. Back then the statement already read: In this position, Koduri will expand Intel’s leading position in integrated graphics for the … Continue reading

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The “Visual Basic Effect”

The programming language of BASIC has always been a popular option for beginners in the past. BASIC is an acronym that stands for “Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code”. So its designers were clearly targeting beginner programmers. As a result, the … Continue reading

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What is software development? An art? Craft? Trade? Occupation?… Part 3

In the previous two parts we have seen that software development is a very large collection of technologies and methodologies, and an area that has been in constant development since the advent of computers. However, even though every few years … Continue reading

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Bugs you can’t fix

Although I generally want to avoid the usual car-analogy, in this case I am talking from real-world experience which happened to be car-related, so you will have to excuse me. No car is ‘perfect’… Every car has certain ‘bugs’, as … Continue reading

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What is software development? An art? Craft? Trade? Occupation?… Part 2

Software Engineering seemed like a good idea at the time, and the analogy was further extended to Software Architecture around the 1990s, by first designing a high-level abstraction of the complex system, trying to reduce the complexity and risks, and … Continue reading

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Putting the things together, part 2: MIDI and other problems

Remember a few months ago, when I explained my approach to playing VGM files? Well, VGM files are remarkably similar to Standard MIDI files. In a way, MIDI files are also just time-stamped captures of data sent to a sound … Continue reading

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