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Want more...Mountains "Ain't no mountain high enough. Ain't no valley low enough. Ain't no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you." The lyrics, from the song written by Ashford and Simpson, keep telling me that there is nothing that can stop advance of computer software, developer tools, and operating platforms. "Climb Every Mountain", the song in the movie, The Sound of Music, tell us to keep going, search everywhere, follow every path, cross every Geoffrey Moore chasm, try every idea, until we find ou...

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Want more...Understanding When I look at a piece of software, I see several things.  I see the text.  I see some patterns.  I see variables that might have some meaning.  I see data structures, constants, and other data definitions.  I might see some loops, functions with parameters, and I might even see some comments.  Can I train my eyes to actually read and understand the source code?  I remember a blog post by Grady Booch about "code reading". Grady referred to an earlier blog post about the book, "Code Reading" by D...

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Want more...Productivity On June 2, 2011 the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 1.8% (annual rate) increase in non-farm business sector labor during the first quarter of 2011. For the manufacturing sector there was a 4.2% growth in productivity for Q1 2011. Most businesses measure the productivity of their employees.  In Software Project Management we can measure the completion of development milestones, feature completion, bug close ratios, check-ins, and other aspects of developing software...

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Want more...Power I went to visit Mount St. Helens yesterday. Unfortunately, it was raining and we couldn't see the volcano.  We stopped at the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO), named for David A. Johnston.  Johnston was a USGS volcanologist who was on duty at the ridge the day Mount St. Helens exploded on May 18, 1980.  "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is It!" was all he could report when the mountain erupted. Johnston was one of the 57 people who lost their lives.  The JRO is 5 miles from the volcano on the ridge wh...

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Want more...Time We each have a finite amount of time on this planet.  I'm sure that you all want to enjoy every moment of every day, I do!  Groucho Marx said, "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana." John F. Kennedy said, "We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch". The Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones wrote the song, "Time Waits for No One." The Rolling Stones also recorded the song "Time Is on My Side". There are many quotes involving time, the lack of time, wanting more...

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Want more...Knowledge I am in the constant search for knowledge of all kinds. While I continue my search in the areas of software engineering and computer programming, I also explore other areas where software might be used.  In my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Computer Science (1969-1973) I took a range of non-computer science courses as part of my degree.  The Cal Poly "Learn by Doing" philosophy expanded our knowledge to include areas where computers and software would be used in my future career.  After gradu...
Building rich applications and agile development methods... The March issue of SD Times is available online. Earlier this year I was asked to give my thoughts about building rich web applications (can't we drop the word "web" and talk about building rich applications) and also agile development methods. The first article is "Web, desktop, mobile:  what's the difference?" Exactly my point.  RAD Studio XE lets you build native-code rich applications and deploy them on your desktops, on your servers, in the cloud, and access them from client desktops, se...
CodeRage day 3- it's not too late to join the free technical sessions We've completed two days of awesome technical sessions and great interaction with the presenters.  CodeRage 5 continues for another two and one half days with more free technical sessions.  Come join the fun and spend time with other developers and our great speakers. CodeRage 5 also features a virtual exhibit hall where our technology partners are offering special discounts on their products and services.  If you can't watch the sessions, you can join the CodeRage chat and talk with other de...

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RAD Studio XE World Tour in Full Swing It is just about a month since the RAD Studio XE has been first demonstrated during the opening keynote of the DelphiLive! 2010 conference in San Jose and it already feels like a very long time ago. Time goes by so I thought about posting here some of the photos and information from the Delphi XE and RAD Studio XE launch events that I have been doing in September 2010. In case you miss the RAD Studio XE launch you can read a super funny news episode on "The Register" called  "Sons of Kahn: Th...
25 years here - today - development tools are even better On June 18, 1985 I joined Borland International in Scotts Valley California.  It was great to come to a developer tools and software company.  It is a special treat to be able to work on developer tools and be a developer.  25 years have passed and they have all been great years.   There have been some ups and downs, some changes (of company names and addresses in Scotts Valley).  One thing has stayed in the same place (besides me) - the drive to continually improve, enhance and simplify this th...

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