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Link: Waterfall works for risk-free projects

I don’t normally post just a link to another blog, but More thinking about “Agile” vs “Waterfall” by Jason Yip is just too important. It the most well-argued, well-referenced, short post I’ve seen about the subject. Here’s a taste:

Be careful about saying that Waterfall is more disciplined. The waterfall model is simple and structured but the “discipline” is in following prescribed steps as opposed to “discipline” in thinking. The second kind of discipline is by far the more important.

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JBehave 2.0 released

I’ve learned the value of dealing seriously with connecting requirements to the actual code. The JBehave project started work to make formal, “business friendly” requirements into executable specifications, but due to limitations in Java, it was very clunky to use. JBehave 2.0 has just been released, and it has a much better model.

Here’s a specification:

The scenario is connected to Java code. While JBehave 1.0 used anonymous inner classes to do this, JBehave 2.0 uses annotations:

For more, see Ray Greenhall’s tutorial. The tutorial is good, but it suffers from an unintended large weakness: The second half of the tutorial contains the convoluted design that is often the result of overuse of mock objects. The last year, I have spent more time removing mocks from code than actually using mocks, and I’m just about fed up with mock-ish design.

Can you spot the nefarious effect of the mocks on the design? How would it have looked if the example had followed The Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work?

(Still: A very good introduction to a promising new tool)

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Talk: Barry Schwartz on the Paradox of Choice

I have been watching videos from the Technology, Education and Design conference (TED) all afternoon. One particularly fascinating talk was Barry Schwartz talking about The Paradox of Choice. I find an almost Buddhist-like understanding of the problem of humanity in the modern world in his talk. But it was the closing words that fascinated me the most: “If you shatter the fishbowl, so that everything is possible, you don’t have freedom, you have paralysis.”

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Link: Open Source in the Enterprise

CIO JP Rangaswami at investment bank Dresder Kleinwort Wasserstein talks about why he considers open source a corporate IT asset. In this talk, Rangaswami describes how DrKW wanted to create an internal incubator environment in order to combat skill attrition in the late 90s. In the course of doing this, they acquired OpenAdaptor and discovered almost accidentally benefits of the open source development model.


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Link: Spring-MVC Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities

Sverre Huseby examines some security issues with Spring-MVC. As it turns out, the Spring JSP form-taglib provide no HTML-escaping by default, making it very easy to get Cross-Site Scripting vulnerabilities included in the code. The article comes complete with a standalone application that illustrates the problem.

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Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously

This phase has been stuck in my head lately: Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. It was first used by the linguist Noam Chomsky as an example of a sentence that is grammatically correct, yet has no meaning.

Interestingly, in 1985 this was taken up as a challenge. The result was a literary competition to write a short text that gives the sentence meaning. Before you continue reading, think for a while about how the sentence could have meaning.


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