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  • Saxonica: XSLT and XQuery Processing
    • Saxon is now available for both Java and .Net. They use the ikvm java to MSIL compiler to generate the .Net executables
    • Posted: Tue Feb 28 17:21:04 GMT 2006

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Published on 01/03/2006 at 07:19AM .

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  • Rails Application Visualizer
    • Uses graphviz to auto-generate a diagram of your rails app
    • Posted: Mon Feb 27 22:44:45 GMT 2006
  • developerWorks : Blogs : Chris Ferris
    • Most SOAP stacks, with which I am familiar, provide for the ability to bypass the databinding, passing the received XML content of the soap:Body directly to the application for processing (or to the SOAP processor for message content being sent), allowing
    • Posted: Mon Feb 27 23:00:55 GMT 2006

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Published on 28/02/2006 at 07:19AM .

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  • ongoing · Fast and Always On
    • Let’s lay it out in maximally-simple bullet-point form so anyone can understand it:
      * Fast pipe.
      * Always on.
      * Get out of the way.
    • Posted: Fri Feb 10 03:10:45 GMT 2006

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Published on 11/02/2006 at 07:19AM .

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  • Clearbits » SOME RANDOM DUDE
    • Clearbits is a small spinoff of the Bitcons icon set that allows for CSS-based coloring and framing. The icon design is exactly the same, the only thing missing is a background – allowing you to set it to any color you so desire.
    • Posted: Thu Feb 09 15:43:53 GMT 2006

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Published on 10/02/2006 at 07:19AM .

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Found this wonderful article today
with the following excerpt:
bq. In the world of economics, it is the U.S. that believes in natural selection, and it is Europe, specifically the EU and its leading countries, which clings to an outmoded ideology of intelligent design.

I bet this economic argument at the macro level also works at much smaller business cycles as well, including computer software development. Here is another quote from the link above:
bq. The problem with intelligent design is that it is rarely intelligent enough to out-perform self-organizing systems shaped by natural selection.

Agile Programming is natural selection: short cycles that produce output that can be tested for validity and if it doesn’t survive then it wasn’t fit. On the other hand, you have not invested much into it and it can go away or be replaced by a more suitable design based on the results of the previous design mistakes. Each iteration has fewer equations and fewer unknowns, to use an algebra analogy. Biologically, Agile is a colony of beetles. Lots of offspring appearing quickly.

By contrast, long product cycles with a heavy emphasis on planning, product management, large design documentation and so forth are intelligent design. The effort and time that implies means that you are trying to make intelligent feedback over a long time with no input from your environment. When the result is finally born it turns out that it probably does not meet your needs on many fronts, and if it does not the problem is that you have invested too much time and energy into bringing it to fruition that nobody has the will to let it die. More equations, more unknowns. Long cycle, “high ceremony” processes are dinosaurs. Long gestation period, few offspring.

Which one survived until the present day, and which one ended up so out of touch with its environment and/or so unable to adapt that it perished?

Published on 08/02/2006 at 10:03PM under .

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Published on 08/02/2006 at 07:19AM .

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Finally, a description of good web service/SOA design that even pointy haired bosses can understand :-)

The graphics are designed to make it clear to non-technical users how to go about designing the boundaries of your web services/SOA!

Published on 06/02/2006 at 05:21PM under . Tags , , , ,

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  • Pylons – Trac
    • Interesting mashup of RoR, python, and asp-looking code
    • Posted: Wed Feb 01 02:59:48 GMT 2006

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Published on 02/02/2006 at 07:19AM .

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