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Software Sizing

I am begining to realized there is a right size for everything, including software.  I have been developing enterprise level applicaton , where there is a clear seperation of duties for each and every component and services.  Database stores data, log aggregation service stores logs, performance monitor service aggregate and analyse data.

This doesn’t work for small and medium sized companise.  There is just way too much overhead for handoff points at the Chinese Walls.  If you are not going to have several buildings full of developers with seperate release schedule, you can always walk over to change things.  The limitaton of this is that you are pigeon holing yourself to a maximum of 20 oods developers before you have to refactor.  But at a given point that’s all that’s necessary to push the company forward economically.  Should that be a bad thing?  Resizing and refactoring is just a fact of the software life.  I am sure the next batch of developers down te line is goign to say my stuff sucks, just as I say the previous guy sucks.  But the fact is it worked for its time, and software is just something we need to keep changing.

Add comment November 17th, 2006

Out of shape

Was feeling really tired today. Didn’t want to go home after dinner, haven’t really been out doing any shopping. And I know there will be a load of stuff waiting for me to work on when I get home. Stuffy brain, couldn’t think straight. Very dry, keep forgetting things. Hopefully next week I am back being myself next week

Add comment November 16th, 2006

Craig’s List

What else can you add to craig’s list to make it better? Well, what else can you take out and still make it work? Nothing. That’s exactly why it is such a beauty.

My friend Ajit recently finished Amazon’s EC2. It was one of the few beautiful API I have seen for a while. It has lots of feature, and not an ounce of fat. That’s right. There is no bells and whistles. Everything is there for a reason, and without it it wouldn’t work.

I know exactly how difficult this is, because I am trying to take my team’s API there, while convincing our business folks we need less options or less features. The delima I am facing is trying to be the core service provider and a value added service all at the same time. And it is difficult to explain the chinese wall theory to a bunch of Chinese developers. Once you allow Craig’s list to have fancy Ajax and user preference and recommendations, Craig’s list is no longer the slender beauty that it is now.

So, please no fancy AJAX for EC2.

Add comment November 16th, 2006

US and stem cell research

It really puzzles me how people can watch patients of Parkinsons and other central nerves system disease suffer right in front of their eyes and still have the balls to talk about moral value.  Moral value my ass!

Add comment November 6th, 2006

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