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USC Parents Weekend - a fun lecture "8 Simple Things..." Martha and I are down in Los Angeles for USC parents weekend.  Today we sat in on a fun lecture titled, "The Eight Simple Things you should be certain your children have learned before we grant them their diplomas".  While the lecture and this list were focused on students and parents, the 8 things also fit nicely with life after school.  Here is the list of the 8 things with some random thoughts of my own. 1. "Do your homework - homework never ends".  I practice this most of the time.  Thank...

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What do you want me to blog? After writing entries for this blog (and the Sip from the Firehose series before we called them blogs) for a number of years, I am asking you tell suggest topic areas for me to blog. There are so many different topics I could blog about, but I also want to make sure that I write about things you want to read.  Here are some possible subject areas (in no particular order): Concurrent programming, parallel programming models Influential programming languages Software Engineering best pract...
What developer magazines, developer web sites, and programming authors/editors do you read? Yesterday, I intereviewed a candidate for CodeGear public and analyst relations (yes, CodeGear is hiring in the marketing, sales, and development areas).  During the interview, we discussed how to work with the programming press, what editors/columnists to stay in touch with, editorial calendars, industry analysts, developer web sites and blogs, and many other aspects of modern public and industry analyst relations. I asked the candidate which developer magazines were important.  I asked what...

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Merry Christmas... Merry Christmas 2006 Merry Christmas from David I, Vice President of Developer Relations and Chief Evangelist, CodeGear (and part time Santa Claus). Some of the Codegearians are at home this week. I'm spending the time with my family. I'm also doing a bit of relaxing, reading, and programming. I hope you are all having a good holiday and enjoying this time of year. I'll see you all in the new year, 2007!...

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From PCWorld - the top 21 tech screwups of 2006... From PC World online, December 20 - http://www.pcworld.com/printable/article/id,128265/printable.html Here's the top 10 of their list of the top 21 technology (and technology company) screwups in 2006 along with a comment or two from me. Flaming notebook batteries - thankfully, none of my notebook batteries were on the recall list. The HP corporate spying scandal - yikes.  Who's watching? Electronic voting machines in the US - I used my first touch screen voting computer this year.  I...
DevNooz - Sunday, December 17, 2006 - www.codegear.com, USB toys, Open Source Ajax, hotel RFID room-key wriststraps, and more DevNooz (Developer News) from the past few days: I read the following news article on endgadget.com. The article talks about a new use for your USB port. AirSoft turret USB missle launcher mows down unsuspecting office mates. Using your USB port you can fire missles at your unsuspecting co-workers. Google open sources its Google Web Toolkit (GWT). The toolkit has been released using the Apache 2.0 license. You can find more information about the AJAX toolkit on Google's Web Toolkit devel...

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Software development meme... I was reading Peter Coffee's latest eWeek column, “The Boss Wants Us All to Get Agile” (November 6, 2006).  I love to read what Peter has to say.  I should also mention that Peter has been a past keynote speaker at our annual developer conference.  At the Developer Tools Group we believe strongly in being Agile.  The JBuilder, C++, and Delphi teams all use the SCRUM agile method for product development.  Microsoft also lauds the use of SCRUM in their software projects.  It wasn't the column or t...

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Nike+ Readers of this blog might remember the first time I blogged about computers in your shoes and iPod ready jeans.  Nike now has Nike+, footwear that connects your running to your iPOD Nano.  Nike's web site tells you to “Get connected to your running experience. Relive your runs. Track your progress.”  Nike+ tutorials are available online. How does it work?  You place a sensor inside your shoes.  From the Nike+ FAQ file: "The sensor collects and transmits footstrike data from each of your runs...
Back from 6 weeks of travel - I really need something like this to cut down travel time... Scientists teleport two different objects - read the news on CNN.  After sitting on a lot of airplanes over the past 6 weeks visiting with customers in Europe and Asia, I can honestly say that I could use teleportation to get everywhere faster.  Of course I could also just use the Internet and video/audio broadcasts but it doesn't substitute for being places in person physically.  Thank you to all the great developers I've met during my travels.  Apologies to everyone for not blogging more durin...
Software Engineer tops Money Magazine's 50 Best Jobs in the US... The recent Money Magazine issue has an article that lists the 50 best jobs in the US.  The top job is something near and dear to my heart and soul - Software Engineer. To determine the top 50 best jobs, Money Magazine and Salary.com gave grades for stress, flexibility, creativity, and difficulty.   The research also considered average pay and 10-year job growth. The article listed Release Engineer as the top job in the Software Engineer field.  The article gave the following description for the ...

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