Sunday, December 24, 2006


I keep hearing comments in IT that we know better than the business.


We know technically how to work with computers better than the business (mostly), but we do not know better than them. I'm always saddened by that attitude. We need to work with them to get the best result. Its like pancakes with only lemon and not the sugar. Or the other way around... You choose.

I think that if you're concerned that the business doesn't know what's what, then you have to help them work it out.

Try talking with them, showing them samples, involving them in the process...

You might be surprised.

merry christmas

to all...

Monday, December 18, 2006

how many books?

One More Done.

I've finished "User Stories Applied" by Mike Cohn. Good, but draws a lot from his Estimating and planning book.

I've also now started "Design by contract, by Example" by Richard Mitchell and Jim McKim.

I'd like to read a good book on the DbC subject. Sounds like another great idea in the programming techniques spectrum that doesn't seem to have been embraced. Well, at least from my experience.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

one more book on the finished pile

I've finished "Applying Domain Driven Design and Patterns: with Examples in C# and .Net" by Jimmy Nilsson.

I found that this book was difficult to read - it just didn't keep me interested. It was dry and somewhat uninformative. When I compare it to any book in the Pragmatic series, it just doesn't cut it.

Books shouldn't be a chore to read. I'm really quite interested in Domain Driven Design, but I didn't really get much out of this book that couldn't have been written in about 50 pages in the pragmatic style...

Pity really - maybe I've turned into a jaded critic?

On another note, I'm a quarter through "User Stories Applied" by Mike Cohn. Seems quite good.