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When I first graduated (well, actually, the second time) I had an offer from a company for a programming job. They were going to hire me, contingent upon my passing the IBM Programmer's Aptitude Test. So one day I drove my college junk heap an hour out of my way to take this test. I had to get an "A" to get the job. I was nervous, but once I got the test, I realized I needn't have worried - it was all about patterns. It's both a relief and a disappointment in the programming business that nothing is really new. We keep solving the same old problems, sometimes in new ways, or with new tools. That's disappointing, but at the same time it allows us to focus on repeatability. It also lets us focus on the business side of our careers (i.e., the things that pay the bills) by developing a certain amount of productivity. In a sense, as knowledge workers (that's such a nast... (more)

Living On The Edge

This is my first note to let everyone know about the plans for our very own, SYS-CON-sponsored JavaEdge2001 International Java Developer Conference & Expo. This year's conference will be held in New York City from September 23 to September 26. As a corporation, SYS-CON has committed to providing leading-edge information, training, and exhibits in a number of areas that we serve via publications. In addition to the JavaEdge conference, we've also scheduled conferences for XML (XMLEdge2001), wireless (WirelessEdge2002), Linux (LinuxEdge2002), and ColdFusion (ColdFusionEdge2002). It... (more)

Get the Message

Back in the old days, when you needed to communicate with someone distant, you usually had to send a letter. There was no instant response, and there was no way to tell when your message was received. Now we have always-on e-mail, BlackBerrys, and assorted other devices to make what was once a leisurely (or agonizingly slow) process instantaneous, and synchronous. This issue is about the battle of two idioms - instant, synchronous communication, as championed by the Remote Procedure Call; and asynchronous communication (which may still be instantaneous, but doesn't have to be), ... (more)

Holiday Wishes

It's December, and you know what that means: holiday wishes and New Year's predictions are due. That's right, once again we'll gaze into the WSJ mystic crystal ball (okay, so it's a Christmas ornament - we're on a budget here) and come up with our prognostications and pleadings. So, without further ado, here's the list. This will be the year we finally get some traction on Business Process Management - you know, that thing everyone is talking about, but no one is doing yet. To do this, one or more of the solution providers is going to have to bite the bullet and do a decent job ... (more)

What's the Only Thing Worse...?

If you work in the IT industry long enough, you're bound to hear one particular joke (well, you'll hear a number, I want to focus on this one) - "What's the only thing worse than no architect on a project?" The answer of course is "Two or more". And of course that's true, since when you put four architects in a room, you get five opinions (at least one is schizophrenic) on anything. Nevertheless, as the joke does make clear, architecture is important. Without it, projects flounder, or worse yet succeed in a dizzying display of spaghetti code and cowboy heroics. When it does, the... (more)