· 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 Ron Jef­fries and John Nolan. 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 Sun Ray 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, the hell with water-cooling.” OK, then. Pass­ing note: you know that Grid 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 the Mor­ris Worm.
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