Category Archives: Software development

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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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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What is software development? An art? Craft? Trade? Occupation?… Part 1

From very early on, I noticed that although some of my friends in school had computers as well, they didn’t all use them for the same things. Some just liked to game on them. Others also liked to do their … Continue reading

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Scali on Agile Development

I recently wrote The Pessimist Pamphlet. I said there: I agreed with most of the Agile principles and the underlying reasoning ‘Most of’? So not everything? Well, perhaps I should clarify this. So let’s first walk down the 4 main … Continue reading

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