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on extreme programming

An excellent summary of the advantages and pitfalls of eXtreme Programming (XP), as told by someone actually using it in their project.

Having used XP myself, I can only say that I totally agree. XP is good, but mostly for small teams, and in any case it requires a lot more than just using the method: it requires change in the way of thinking of the people in the organization, its structure, and crucially in management. In fact --although it might be just the cynic in me saying this-- I think that if it's not part of a change initiated by management itself at the highest level, it has no chance of success, despite the best efforts of the developers and low-level managers (it might work for a while, but it will eventually disintegrate), and even if you do have complete support from upper management, there are still huge hurdles to overcome.

Writing good software is a difficult task. Those who believe that "it's just code" need to take a look at the crappy programs running in their machines.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 18, 2002 at 10:00 PM

more comments on Microsoft's power

Scott Rosenberg adds his comments on yesterday's discussion on Microsoft's power.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 18, 2002 at 8:42 PM

DVD "analog protection"

Got the new Electrical Storm singles ahead of schedule. There's one that's a DVD... and media player refuses to play the entire audio track set... complaining about some "analog copy protection" problem. Sigh.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 18, 2002 at 6:56 PM

software licensing

A News.com article about a new software licensing law on software licensing.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 18, 2002 at 6:53 PM

electrical storm single

Just got the new U2 singles Electrical Storm. One of them is a DVD, with the video of the song, the others are standard CDs. Funny thing, they are supposed to be released on the 21st but HMV had them today!! One of the advantages of living in Dublin I guess. :-)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 18, 2002 at 6:47 PM

more on patents

A patent that could be dangerous for e-commerce. One hopes the courts would see how ridiculous it is that someone, in 1994 "invented" the idea of "a buyer computer, a merchant computer and one payment computer".

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 18, 2002 at 1:32 PM

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