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January 2009 Entries
Ulterior Motive Lounge Episode 31: The Teams Split Up
Continuing The Project That Time Forgot, a UML case study in comic strip form... (Click pictures for larger images.) After a long hiatus due to weather, illness, work, conferences, and more stuff than I can explain, the Lounge is back. This Episode gets the ball rolling for Act II, so there’s not much new UML content here yet. But I can give you a few diagrams of the team’s review process. The process starts with some preliminaries, then splits into three threads of operations, each with a separate ......

Posted On Saturday, January 31, 2009 12:59 AM

Ulterior Motive Lounge: A Map of Carnivore Park
As I’ve written elsewhere, I love maps. And I love a story that includes maps. Maps help me to see where the action takes place; and they give me tantalizing clues to action yet ahead. When I first opened a hardcover of The Hobbit and unfolded the big map of Wilderland, I was hooked. So for those who love maps like I do, here’s a map of Carnivore Park. (Click picture for a larger image.) This is where the rest of the story takes place; and following it is a map guide that may contain clues to what ......

Posted On Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:35 AM

The U-Shaped Curve (A few more reasons why Coding Geekette is right)
Note: This is a Best Of post from my other blog. The topic came up on Twitter, so I'm rerunning it here. Coding Geekette has a slightly dated but still timely post about The Making of a Good Developer. That post was inspired by Justin Etheredge's equally interesting post on why Being Smart Does Not a Good Developer make. Both address the idea that good developers are those who like to learn new things, not just smart people. And they lament or wonder that so many people in the software development ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 1:18 PM

Ulterior Motive Lounge Episode 30: Touring the Laboratories
Continuing The Project That Time Forgot, a UML case study in comic strip form... (Click pictures for larger images.) Here, for your convenience, is a larger version of the activity diagram from panel 2: Figure 1: The Recipe for Growing a Dinosaur And here is Editor Bill's comment on that diagram: "I hope in the commentary you plan to explain that this activity diagram tells the story of the rest of the Episode." Well, no, Editor Bill. I hoped that by now my readers were UML-savvy enough to figure ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2009 2:22 AM

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