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Recent posts

Wirfs-Brock on Explaining Your Design

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock’s latest column in IEEE Software is titled “Explaining Your Design”. She posits a hierarchy of importance in explanation: things you...
December 11, 2006

Address Book Recommendations?

I recently started using Thunderbird as an email client, and while I like its interface, I’m not happy with its address book. In particular, you can only sa...
December 11, 2006

More Books in the Review Queue

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve put the review queue online. The latest additions are: Brian: Berkeley DB XML (Apress) Cockburn: Agile Software Development ...
December 11, 2006


We held a post mortem on this term’s projects Friday before going out to dinner. I took away three major points: We have to simplify the ticketing interfac...
December 10, 2006

Jon Udell and Microsoft

It’s official: Jon Udell (the John McPhee of the Internet) is joining Microsoft. Why? Because, “This isn’t your father’s—or maybe your older brother’s or si...
December 08, 2006