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Tips for making your integrated system a beautiful, majestic monolith

April 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

The longer I do this, the more I agree with @dhh If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch @dhh’s talk from RailsConf2015. In it, @dhh introduces the notion that “monolithic” applications aren’t really bad in and of themselves and rebrands them as integrated systems. As I listened to @dhh talk I realized that […]

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Metrics That Matter

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve always had an allergic reaction to metrics in software development. Over the years, lots of people have commented that they find this strange, given my background in manufacturing/mechanical engineering. I’ve never been able to explain why, but the metrics I’ve seen proposed for software development have never felt as genuinely useful as the type […]

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Please sign the open source letter to President Obama

February 10th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This morning Stuart Cohen (CEO, Collaborative Software Initiative) and I published an open source letter to President Obama, urging him to consider the role open source software will play in the various technology initiatives that are part of the pending economic stimulus. Co-signers of the letter include executives from a variety of companies in the […]

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Tags: Architecture · Development

Life Beyond IT: The Cycle of Self-Doubt

February 3rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

It’s hard to get fired in corporate IT I worked in corporate IT for a decade before I finally escaped. In all that time, I saw only a handful of people get fired for performance reasons. Sure, I saw people get put on a performance plan and “reviewed” out of the company, but those people […]

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Obfuscating Private Data in a Database Dump File

October 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Here’s a common problem in software development: you’re production application has sensitive/personal/private/legally protected data in it that probably isn’t wise to share with everybody and their dog. But, you need to debug a problem from prod, test a database upgrade, verify a new feed works properly, or some other task that would really be a […]

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Ruby on Rails: It’s LIKE having a soul again

August 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

There’s a soul check room when you join IT management – I turned mine in about four years ago. I kept the ticket in my top dresser drawer for a long time, just in case I ever needed the thing again. The other day I checked for it and couldn’t find it. Then I remembered […]

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Creating Post-Commit Subversion Hooks with Dreamhost

August 12th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Okay, so this is a little bit afield of what I normally write about, since I don’t normally delve into technical issues. Happily, my work life is becoming more technical and this blog is likely to follow suit, so you might expect more tech and less philosophizing in the future. If you don’t know, subversion […]

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