OOPSLA is the ACM conference that most broadly and widely addresses the sorts of questions I tried to explore in DREAMING IN CODE. I found the two events that I’ve attended, in 2004 and 2006, both highly rewarding. I couldn’t make the 2007 edition in Montreal, but I was delighted to find this page of […]
I haven’t been able to keep the Code Reads project going at all this year. And what with work proceeding full bore on my next book project, that, alas, is unlikely to improve much. I’m not quite ready to totally abandon it but I did want to acknowledge the situation. I think we’d just better […]
This is the thirteenth edition of Code Reads, a series of discussions of some of the central essays, documents and texts in the history of software. You can go straight to the comments and post something if you like. Here’s the full Code Reads archive. This month’s paper, Daniel Berry’s “The Inevitable Pain of Software […]
Blogging will be lighter over the next week as I’ll be on the road — family vacation (at least for me and the kids) in Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park, then on to Dallas for a talk, hosted by the Society of Information Management. In the meantime, I’m going to queue up the next […]
Joel Spolsky’s latest essay, “Strategy Letter VI,” offers a smart analogy between the desktop software wars of the 1980s — when companies like Lotus bet on producing code that could run on the slow, small-memory machines of the present, only to lose as PCs got faster, quick — and the Web-based software wars of today. […]
This is the twelfth edition of Code Reads, a series of discussions of some of the central essays, documents and texts in the history of software. You can go straight to the comments and post something if you like. Here’s the full Code Reads archive. “Big Ball of Mud,” a 1999 paper by Brian Foote […]
Thanks to the suggestion from Sam Penrose I’m going to go read “Big Ball of Mud,” which I hadn’t encountered before, for the next installment of Code Reads. Looks fascinating. The paper can be found here (or here in PDF). There was a good previous discussion of the paper over on Dan Lyke’s Flutterby.