October 2009

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October 7, 2009

A lot of the brouhaha over the duct‐tape controversy reminded me of “The Innovator’s Dilemma” which I have mentioned a few times on this blog, but never really elaborated upon. Well, it is like this. People wonder why companies which are market leaders in a segment fail to see competitors surging ahead with better technologies. […]

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The Worst Software Book Ever

October 4, 2009

There are some books (“Peopleware”, “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, “The Halo Effect”)  that you want to hug and never let go. And then there are others that you want to tear apart and dance on its fragments. Alan Cooper’s “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” belongs strongly to the second category. But first some meta: I […]

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The Duct‐Tape Programmer Explained

October 2, 2009

Hope you had the time to read through all the essays linked to in yesterday’s post about the reactions to Joel Spolsky’s article “The Duct‐Tape Programmer”. Here is my take on it. The use of the words “Duct‐Tape” was only chosen by Joel as a flame bait, as he admits on his Twitter feed. Joel has […]

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All About the Duct‐Tape Programmer

October 1, 2009

The programming blogosphere exploded to Joel Spolsky’s controversial article “The Duct Tape Programmer” which, as Joel said on Twitter, was meant to provoke people: Of course, nobody would read that or link to it. So I have to embellish. “Duct tape” instead of “simple, well‐understood tools.” I was planning to write on it, but couldn’t […]

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