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Want more...Inspiration Some software projects are started because you receive a contract to build and application.  Sometimes you join a company that has a project and needs additional developers.  Often you are working on the next version of an existing application.  I hope that sometime in your career you have an inspiration and start a company to create the application.  Thomas Edison is quoted as saying (back in 1932), "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration".  In the 1971 movie, "Will...

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Want more...Love I am up in Hood River Oregon today for the wedding of Martha's niece.  It is a glorius day with plenty of sunshine and no clouds in sight.  During the day, we drove up to Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.  There was plenty of snow still on the mountain and people were skiing and snow boarding on the upper slopes. I saw several brides and grooms up on the mountain, obviously in love. Tonight we attended Sarah and Jeremy's wedding at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel on the banks of the mighty Co...

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Want more...Components Our Embarcadero Technologies developer tools come with many components.  Delphi XE and C++Builder XE include ("out of the box") more than 500 visual controls.  RadPHP XE comes with more than 75 visual components.  Consistently, our developer surveys tell us that our customers use a lot of additional components: commercial, shareware, free, and open source. For my HD TVs and stereo units (three of them), I also have a lot of add-on components including an equalizer, power amplifier, CD player,...

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Want more...Revolution Today is July 14, 2011.  It's Bastille Day in France.  This morning I got up at 3:30am to watch Stage 12 of the 2011 Tour de France.  Stage 12 was the first stage to enter the mountains of the Pyrenees which are on the border of France and Spain.  The stage 12 winner was Samuel Sanchez from Spain.  The overall tour leader is still Thomas Voeckler from France.  All of this is perfectly fitting for this French National Day. Bastille Day celebrates the Fête de la Fédération, July 14, 1790, the firs...

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Want more...Languages I recently re-watched "The Lord of the Rings" (LOTR) movie trilogy. Remember the LOTR phrase, "One Ring To Rule Them All"?  Could there ever be "One Programming Language To Rule Them All" (OPLTRTA)?  In the early years of our industry there were loads of new languages appearing each year (History of Programming Languages).  There were also attempts to create best of all worlds programming languages.  PL/I was an attempt to take parts of ALGOL, FORTRAN, COBOL, and added numerous data types, dynam...

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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...Speed Quintus Arrius, in the movie Ben Hur, implores the rowers to give him "Battle speed!... Attack speed!... Ramming speed!"  On October 15, 1997, the rocket powered car, ThrustSSC, driven by Andy Green, set a world land speed record of 763 mph. ThrustSSC is the first car to break the sound barrier on land. The qote, "I feel the need, the need for speed", from the movie Top Gun, says a lot about what drives our native code compiler team. Who doesn't want more speed and fast optimizing compilers? ...

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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...Toys Continuing my month of July theme about wanting more, this time it is Toys.  Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie,  said he would never grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me ("I Won't Grow Up").  That's me in spades.  I suspect that many developers also have a lot of kid inside themselves.  We have toys.  We want more toys.  My list includes nerf weapons, fishing rods and reels, frisbees, scuba gear, and golf clubs. For technical toys most developers probably have a smart phone, an iPad, AppleTV...

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