Archive for September, 2006

Simple is Good Enough

September 26th, 2006 No comments

In a good is good enough type post, Brent Ashley (fellow Ajax Experience speaker) talks about the stability that comes from simple solutions. Applications with more moving parts tend to break – that’s just the law of nature. I know that we geeks *love* to add all sorts of bells and whistles but given the choice, I’ll take a system that stands up to some roughhousing. The next time you start on a new feature, remember these wise words from a sharp dresser “simple problems deserve simple solutions”.

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Give Me Examples!

September 24th, 2006 2 comments

I just had to second Michael Mahemoff‘s recent post about examples in documentation. I really am amazed that examples aren’t more widely used – but I’d sure like to see more of it. It seems so easy…so basic. But then common sense isn’t all that common.

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JRuby and Sun

September 7th, 2006 2 comments

I suspected this was coming when Charles Nutter started posting about NetBeans but today it became official: the JRuby guys are now employees of Sun! It’s been clear for a while now that Sun is really embracing dynamic languages (JavaOne was widely considered “the one about scripting“) but this is quite a step. Earlier, I talked about Java and Rails and this move by Sun further cements this stance in my mind. I suspect this will have some interesting implications on the enterprise impasse

Anyway, congratulations to Charles (I’ll repeat my plea to get some freakin sleep already) and Tom - best of luck you guys! I just hope you remember us little people

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