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Once Upon a time a magical company called MagicDollars (for the sake of brevity for the rest of the answer we will refer to this company by its stock ticker M$) and this company made the most widely used, operating system, internet browser, office productivity suite, and various other products. M$ had this great idea to just integrate all of its software so that they would all work together seamlessly. This would be great for users of this software since this would make doing things like importing a webpage in a Ward processing (because in magicland we have wards instead of words) document, seemlessly and natively.

But this would evidently make the software too good. And we cant have people getting software that is too good. Because then if another company came along with their own version of good software people will be too dumb to install and use that if they have the already integrated versions that were included. So the Neanderthal Union decreed that M$ was using its magical abilities to make things too difficult for smaller developers to create super complex applications that they must give away for free. And said you will no longer make things work together seemlessly.

And instead of extending their middle wand to the NeU and saying fine we shall no longer make software that can be used in the NeU... M$ bowed before the luddites and said ok. So now you can not rename a file from inside of your office productivity suite in Magicland.


Jun
26
comment Could taking design lightly be a pitfall of agile methodologies causing constant rework or is it a misunderstanding of the methodology?
For what it is worth I found that following agile actually lead to more efficient solutions because rather than rework dramatically you look for solutions to solve the problem given what you have. What seemed like the best solution from a distance turned out to not be the best solution when it is time to deliver.
Jun
26
comment Could taking design lightly be a pitfall of agile methodologies causing constant rework or is it a misunderstanding of the methodology?
Related(not dup) question: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/119006/…
Jun
17
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting teams by architecture tier rather than by product?
This question is about a business process not programming
Jun
17
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of splitting teams by architecture tier rather than by product?
@BrandonV - That doesn't really happen. Because unless there is a barrier all of the teams talk to each other outside of their scrums, and work together to solve problems. If there is a barrier then you end up with dysfunctional teams full people who are too lazy to find a new job or too not good enough to get a better job, or so much of a jerk no one wants to hire them. You can end up that way with either organizational structure.
Jun
16
comment factors that are important for success when letting an agile framework emerge for the whole organisation?
I think this is a question that really can only be answered in a post mortem...
Jun
11
comment What methods exist for assessing an organisation's development capability?
@EricSmith - Because you do not have a process adopted to control your business requests.
Jun
11
comment What methods exist for assessing an organisation's development capability?
@EricSmith - It is just a methodology. The largest adopters are definately business and manufacturing but I believe that is more an artifact of where those types of industries would fall on the CMM chart. It is always easier to go from ordered to better ordered. It sounds like you are starting at the very start of Initial (level 1). It is tough to take chaos and make order, but if you want to get to level 5 or even 3 you have get get to level 2 first. Six Sigma has tools that can help with that.
Jun
9
comment What is the origin of the negative term “Legacy Code”
@stevebot - A legacy is anything you leave behind when you pass on. I would presume that the descriptor was just adopted from that they way it had been adopted to countless other fields.
May
23
comment Was classical BASIC ever used for commercial software development, and if so, how were limitations overcome?
In the 80's our local colleges computer mainframe got an upgrade from 10mb to 50 mb. Granted the 10mb was only half full but they wanted to have enough space for the forseeable future... Imagine that a hard drive with only 50 mb for about 50-100 users... being over kill.
Apr
15
comment How do you explain agile process tool (like Scrum or Kanban) to a (traditional) project manager?
@DejanLekic - Opinions are not what this Q&A site is designed for. I think this question could work if you explained where you are having trouble communicating the process, and what push back you are getting.
Dec
30
comment Emotional detachment from bad code
@DonNickel - There was a time during the server/client days where SP's where the place to do most of your business logic...
Aug
11
comment How do I convince my employer to hire an additional developer without selling myself short?
@awashburn - The op does want a long term solution. An intern is often a crap shoot on quality, and often does not turn into a long term asset. Where a contractor comes in with a skillset and should be able to contribute quickly and effectively
Jun
17
comment How can I salvage my internship?
@YannisRizos - Had that been the attitude a few years ago then there probably would not be a TWP SE now
May
15
comment How do I survive in a Waterfall world?
I dont think you can I suspect you will end up like the old woman who swallowed a spider.
Apr
3
comment Where to start in developing a game engine as a web app
+1 for not mentioning flash as an option
Jan
25
comment I've been told that Exceptions should only be used in exceptional cases. How do I know if my case is exceptional?
Id say that the fact that exception handling is not as high in overhead is not reason to indugle sloppy code, or to neglect to code for expected values and check for nulls
Jan
4
comment How to manage the task of reviewing localized strings by a non-developer?
Yes this is not about full localization this is just about making sure the language is right.
Jan
3
comment How to manage the task of reviewing localized strings by a non-developer?
-1 So you want the language guy to be a usability tester? Better hope he doesn't miss a path and then miss a poor translation somewhere because of it.
Dec
5
comment What is the standard term for my role?
Sounds like you are a horn tooter... For the IT Programming Support team you are that guy that keeps writing these crappy applications we will be expected to support... aka dbag. But all those tasks can be tossed into the lap of an admin assistant.
Dec
4
comment for vs. foreach vs. LINQ
if the question was some obscure technology I would agree. There is quite a bit of LINQ expertise on the web so even someone who does not understand it can probably figure it out with some good use of search engines.