Wednesday, June 06, 2007

TechEd 2007 Orlando

Day 2 of TechEd already!
Catching up with lots of people and my decks and demos are nearly finished.
It was interesting to see Agile given so much time in the keynote yesterday, and the Agile .NET session yesterday lunch time was packed out.
I am talking to lots of people who say they are getting value out of the event which is good.
There is, of course, a lot of marketing hype and BS around as well. It amazes me that peopl eactually believe that buying a software tool/product/plugin/component will make them better developers.
As I pointed out at the Agile .NET session, delivering great software is about sticking to values, not applying practices or using tools. The practices are only there to help you stick to the values, and if the practices don't do that then you need to change them.

1 comment:

neil said...

11 June

More Loose Thoughts

I attended a breakfeast meeting last week where a motivational services chap was peddling his wares... and he gave us one of those think outside the square warmer uppers... which invariably prompted me to think outside the square...

One of the hazzards of living in a democracy is that all sorts of people advocate the very dangerous practice of loose thinking.... its dangerous because one loose thought can lead to many more... and this can start to consume your life until your conscience is appeased that the loose thought is somehow dealt with... thus disrupting the natural balance of your universe... so this post is an attempt to appease my upset conscience.

My thought dealt with the universe... in that it is an entity which has no finite perception... This lead me to think about perception... and the humble circle... since he was rambling on about a square....

Everyone who did any sort of math knows there are 360 degrees in a circle... but how many degrees are there in a sphere.... it would have to be 360 squared right??? I thought about a circle being rotated one degree at a time about its diameter... and sure enough it does generate a sphere... now lets set that diameter at a 90 degree rotation... hmmm a more detailed sphere...

You eventually realise there are an infinite number of vectors about which one can set a circle within a sphere...

This prompted the thought that perception is A finite definition of an infinite number or things...

So we stare at the infinite concept everywhere... we just dont perceive it as infinite....

Pick anything you know to be a finite and absolute thing... then see if you can dissect it...

I relate this blog post of mine with relevance to the concept of ones values...

Cheers Dr Neil.