Nice job, Davin Granroth, you’re an example of financial prudence

Just want to say that Davin Granroth has exemplified what it means to be financially wise over the past 3 years. He’s made great strides through sacrifice and restraint, whilst being generous to many.¬†Essentially, God has allowed him to go All-Chuck-Norris on some debt, and it’s been a great pleasure to watch.

Now, if the Richardsons can just learn from his example instead of just watching and enjoying his progress, we’d really be on to something ūüôā

Great talk on software simplicity by Rich Hickey

This video is fantastic! I literally laughed aloud several times. If you’re a developer, I encourage you to watch it. Rich Hickey takes some digs at Agile, TDD, and OOP; provides ideas on pursuing simplicity in system development; and reveals some keen insights into his language design choices:

Rich always provides great talks, but this one is one of the best, most entertaining I’ve seen. And, my word of the week is now “complect.”

Frank talk on issues relevant to today’s developers from Dave Thomas at Splash 2011

I love how well spoken, down-to-earth, and frank Dave Thomas is in this video at Channel 9 taken at the SPLASH 2011 Conference.

No, it’s not because of his answer to the question “What’s the state of Object Oriented Programming today in your mind?”, to which he responded that:

I think the state is that it’s commercially immensely successful, but practically, I think it’s a¬†disaster.

Although I did agree with much of his analysis on that particular question, I sincerely believe that the whole video has wise words for anyone working as a developer now and in the near future.

And, of interest to me was the fact that he really appreciated the “good engineering decisions” represented in the design of Google’s Dart langauge.

Watch it!

Obscurity by Security

What do I mean by “Obscurity by Security?” Keeping watch over the security requirements of simple applications, websites, large data stores containing sensitive information, or even the IT holdings of multi-million dollar corporations is unlike most other jobs.

When a team cranks out a new iteration of the product with significant UX enhancements, noticeable performance increases, or demonstrated results in analytics, techies and non-techies alike can realize the enhancements and verbalize praise for the effort. After trying out the new sign-up form, a CEO may exclaim in the weekly executive meeting, “Great job! The new sign-up really flies, and my wife loves the look.” An office assistant may point out over lunch that the new website looks great on their brand new smart phone. And, customers will sometimes go out of their way to contact the company to let someone know that “Cheryl Smith provided fantastic customer support by quickly helping me recover all of the images I’d thought I’d lost.”

Sure, the feedback isn’t always positive (sometimes the CEO hates the new sign-up form, etc.), but the potential for fellow employees, industry peers, and/or general customers to notice and compliment nice work is there.

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Java, I’m growing weary and leery

Java, you’re a practical, performant option for development across the gambit of hardware solutions. You have wooed some of the most brilliant language designers, and they’ve responded to your advances with with new languages and runtimes that whisper sweet nothings into developers ears, all-the-while placating the cravings of managers for tried-and-true. But, you’ve changed, Java.

I used to, in my naive youth, pine for the security associated with your presence from afar, as I contrived my code to the whims of my clients’ environments. Now, I fear you’ll rise from the deep and snatch away the pleasure of my current fancy (Clojure) through yet another exploitation of your capricious complexity.