Writing Software Is Easy. Clients Make It Hard.

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Patrick Cauldwell points out that the challenge of coding a business app isn’t in writing the code, that’s easy. The challenge is in understanding business requirements, and not because developers and architects can’t understand plain English.

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The Odd LA Pickup Joint

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I’m happily married, but if you’re not, and you live in L.A., I recommend you take your dog for a walk at the Barrington Dog Park, on the east side of Barrington just south of Sunset. We were playing a game of soccer, but we couldn’t help noticing that all the talent was in the dog park area adjacent to us. Looked like a bonafide LA pickup joint.

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How To Be Lazy...or...Understanding Requirements

If you’re a lazy mofo like me, there’s one thing you’re not lazy about, getting out of having to do a lot of work. An important skill that should be on every lazy developer’s utility belt is the ability to understand requirements.

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Alaska. We'll Pay You To Live Here.

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UPDATE: I cannot help you move to Alaska. This post was written in 2004. If you want to move to Alaska, please don’t contact me. Try looking for information at the official Alaska homepage. Thanks!

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What a day! Kayaking in Lake Union

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There ought to be a law that requires employers to give their charges the day off due to great weather. Back in Alaska, we’d have the day off when it dropped to -60 F with snow up to your nostrils. They call it a “snow day”. Well there ought to be a “good weather day”.

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Twilight Samurai, Go See It

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twilight samuraiWe saw a fantastic movie at the Landmark last night called Twilight Samurai. It stars Hiroyuki Sanada who played the bad ass in The Last Samurai who beats the crap out of Tom Cruise and was the Samurai leader’s second in command.

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Visited Microsoft Today. Even Saw Chris Sells.

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My friend Julie showed me and Akumi around the campus today. She works for the Finance department in Building 4. When I say “campus”, Microsoft really has a collegiate feel to it. We even saw a group sitting in a circle in a plot of grass having what appeared to be a discussion group. We had lunch at the cafeteria there and the food reminded me of my college dining hall, not terrible, but nothing to write blog about.

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Hooking Another Person On RSS Bandit

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I’m here in Seattle hooking an unsuspecting Dan Kalish on the drug I call RSS Bandit. He just finished the Washington Bar (after having passed the Connecticut bar only a couple of years ago. Sucks to be a lawyer and move.) and is enjoying a quiet repose. This is my first attempt to a non geek on RSS.

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Off to Seattle

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We fly off tomorrow to Seattle and don’t let me catch you even thinking about trying to snake my stuff. I live in a very bad neighborhood, you wouldn’t want to be there after dark or in the nude. We have vicious blind dogs in the yard that have been raised on human meat and will bite anything that breathes or walks funny. And robots in the house with lasers and duct tape and … and Barry Manilow CDs!

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Write Specs In The Present Tense

I have a bad habit of writing specs in the future tense. Since the system I’m spec’ing doesn’t yet exist, it’s so easy for me to fall in the habit of saying things like:

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The Hollywood Bowl Does Not Disappoint

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I’m no professional musician, but I thought the acoustics at the Hollywood bowl was fantastic. They’ve been touting the improved sound with the new shell and improvements. The sound was sharp and clear.

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Google's IPO Could Be Worth PI, not E

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Google originally wanted to raise $2,718,281,828, but based on this article, I predict they’ll be closer to $3,141,592,653. In any case, that’s a big piece of pi. (sorry. really. don’t shoot me.)

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FLASH: I'm Steve, And I'm A Super Villain

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Via Mr. Adam Kinney is this hilarious flash video about what happens when the Apple Switch campaign is coopted by Linux users.

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Soccer Result: 2 - 2 tie.

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Soccer ball My team, Nothend United, tied the Westsiders 2 to 2. Our goalie was phenomenal in staving off their aggresive attack, but sadly the opponents scored twice by capitalizing on deflections of our defense that took our goalie out of position. I scored one off of a penalty kick. For the record, I didn’t dive. I never do.

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Microsoft Listens and Don Box Responds

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I have to hand it to Microsoft, they really do listen to their customers. And I don’t mean in that head nodding “I hear you but I don’t know what you’re saying” kind of way so common with people who really want you to think they’re listening, but have no time for you. I posted my question about device support on Don Box’s Wiki and here’s his response:

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Why Should I Care About The Wire Format In SOAP?

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SoapIn this post, Tim Ewald talks about using Doc/Literal/Bare for your web service. There are several benefits he ticks off, but one seems to be the aesthetic effect of cleaning up the format of the XML within your SOAP message. In SOAP, the XML sent back and forth is just the wire format. As a typical developer, why should you care what the wire format is? In general, you shouldn’t. If you have the tools to generate WSDL and generate a proxy off of a WSDL to call a web service, you’re all set.

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Web Browser Security In RSS Bandit

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Dare asks the question whether or not we should change the browser used by RSS Bandit. He was greeted by over 30 comments, mostly in favor of the switch. This is purely anecdotal, but I get the sense alot of people are upset by recent vulnerabilities in IE. I also get the sense that a lot of people feel that upstart browsers are toeing the line of innovation while IE has sat on its fat ass and done nothing lately.

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Tranforming Xml over Http to SOAP with a Soap Extension

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Soap In my last post I discussed a client who requires that we build a web service using a proprietary XML format (lets call it MyXML) so his mobile devices can interact with our platform.

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I'm such a Pusher... RSS Addiction

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First Kyle, then Micah. I’ve bugged him, cajoled him, annoyed him, till finally he caved and installed RSS Bandit. Took about five minutes before he became a full fledged addict. I have a feeling he’ll be up really late tonight. Next step is to get him set up with a .TEXT blog. I’m so eeeeevil.

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I'm Going On Vacation!

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VacationI’m taking all of next week off of work. Wohoo! Well actually, I’m only on vacation from my day job. Monday and Tuesday I’ll be working on some contracts I’ve got going on the side. Then on Wednesday, the little lady and I are heading out to Seattle to visit her best friend. Hopefully I’ll have some time to work on RSS Bandit too.

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