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Shifting battlegrounds

26-09-2017

It is no secret, no mystery: I just love garbage collectors. They have saved me from my own failings over and over again,. They are the single most potent contribution to the quality of the software I develop in this... Read More

The DSL Misunderstanding

12-07-2017

I never thought I’d ever write a blog entry with a title that would sound appropriate for an episode of The BigBang Theory. Life is full of surprises. When working in IT, Domain-Specific Languages (AKA DSL’s) are everywhere, but there... Read More

University of Bergamo Greets Thou Shall Not Agile Tour

03-05-2017

Darius went to Italy with the Thou Shall Not Agile tour and spoke at University of Bergamo, in front of 1st, 3rd year and Master students of Dr. Angelo Gargantini, associate professor.      

More Code Haikus

12-01-2017

Just in case you wondered, my colleague Jean-Eric Waroquier is the greatest guy ever. He is sweet, easy going, always willing to help and insanely smart, the best colleague one can ever dream of. And the anecdote below won’t change... Read More

ERTMS Formal Specs: The End of a Long Journey

02-01-2017

We hear more about bombastic projects starting than about their successful conclusions (which is understandable: there are far more of the former than of the latter, and people barely brag about how great their failures are. That’s a shame: it... Read More

A Yellow Submarine Goes to Edmonton

29-09-2016

Lecture in the University of Edmonton: Getting ready for the lecture In the cab towards University of Edmonton: traffic isn’t too bad On the Campus: as you can see, it is gorgeous! Relaxing after the lecture It is still early... Read More

Legacy Systems: The VHS Timescale

29-07-2016

The last standing manufacturer of VHS video recorders has announced that production was to be discontinued. “Finally” I hear you sigh! The technology has been around since 1976, and could have been considered obsolete as early as 1996, when the... Read More

A Codeaholic’s Book

15-07-2016

The Banana Book was half completed when I started wondering how to render it. At that point, and mainly by default, I had used Microsoft Word for text entry, because it is versatile and convenient, and because it includes a... Read More

What Matters is Not the Code you Write

06-07-2016

Code has become fashionable again. The Agile movement goes so far as claiming that it is the sole deliverable of any value. I could agree to an extent, but to an extent only, and that’s the whole point: such simplistic... Read More

My Name is Darius and I am a Codeaholic

30-06-2016 1 Comment

For a long time, the tentative title for The Banana Book was “My name is Darius and I am a codeaholic”. I changed it when I realized that it conveyed a more essential message, namely one of failure of recipes,... Read More