· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · February
· · · · 23 (2 entries)

Sun EC: On XP and Agile · Today through noon Friday I’m at the internal Sun Engineering Conference. We opened with a couple of speeches on XP and Agile Software Development by <a href='http://www.xprogramming.com/'>Ron Jeffries</a> and <a href='http://research.sun.com/people/mybio.php?uid=151271'>John Nolan</a>. I think there were some people in the audience who weren’t quite convinced, but I learned a couple of things ...
Sun EC: Wednesday Highlights · What sticks to my mind: First, a fine story about how the <a href='http://www.sun.com/software/index.jsp?cat=Desktop&tab=3&subcat=Thin%20Clients'>Sun Ray</a> happened, a high-drama combination of skunkworks brilliance, organizational cancer, and executive churn. My bet remains that a lot of people end up using a Sun Ray or something like it, down the road. Then, from an overheard conversation about how people ought to cool their data centres: “If you’re in Kansas City and you rented a former airframe factory, well, <em>the hell</em> with water-cooling.” OK, then. Passing note: you know that <a href='http://www.sun.com/service/sungrid/overview.html'>Grid</a> thingie? It seems that the instances are internally called “the farms”. Can’t really talk about what’s growing there. Finally, a sober, scary poster presentation on what happens if a serious worm/virus gets loose in the domain of big Solaris and/or Linux boxes; both tough nuts to crack these days, but I’m old enough to remember <a href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Worm'>the Morris Worm</a>.
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