How Technology Evolves

We often take for granted the technology we have and forget that it's the result of a tedious evolutionary process. A Railroad Track is the Width of Two Horses is one of the first story about the evolution of technology that I remember reading, maybe ten years ago. It rings more like a colorful story … Continue reading How Technology Evolves

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Platform Wars

I started my career writing flash applications. Then I moved to Java. Both are middleware technologies that abstract the underlying operating system and enable cross-platform interoperability. I've actually never wrote a professional application that relied directly on a specific operating system. This was fine to me. "Write once, run everywhere" was great for productivity. For … Continue reading Platform Wars

10 Tips to Fail with Enterprise Integration

If you want to make enterprise integration needlessly complicated, follow these tips. 1. Model poorly A poor model is always a nice way to make things more complicated than they should. Examples: You can name thing badly. You can model everyting as strings (key, list, etc.). Or you can reuse overly generic abstractions in multiple … Continue reading 10 Tips to Fail with Enterprise Integration

Reality Box

The world is constantly changing. From electricity to cars to television to the internet, most generations have seen at least one breakthrough.  This will continue, and it's certain that my generation will witness another technological shift. Interestingly, how we react to new technologies changes itself with time.  For a lot of new technologies, my first … Continue reading Reality Box

10x

Fred Brooks started it all. In The Mythical Man Month, he quotes a study saying individual difference between low and high performers can vary by an order of magnitude Since then this myth of 10x productivity difference has persisted in our industry. Nowadays it's best seen in the use of words like rockstar, guru or … Continue reading 10x