Getting Real

August 20, 2007

Not too many updates lately, I have been busy completing assignments for my MSc, a lot of it tedious reading through methodologies that should have been left in 2005 where they belong. Still its good to see where today’s methodologies come from or have arisen in opposition to.

I was reading through my system engineering coursework this weekend (has the waterfall life cycle ever worked for anyone?) and having just finished reading 37Signals‘ Getting Real, which should have been subtitled a smaller, faster, better way to build software, I got to thinking about how software itself, the kind of software that we actually build has changed. Ok, so I actually had this thought before and wrote The Six Laws of the New Software about it, and despite the fact that we are now building smaller software that integrates with existing software more than enterprise applications we are still propagating the waterfall life cycle methodology.

Anyway, Getting Real is now available online. All 16 chapters and 91 essays that make up the book available for free. It makes for easy reading and is essential if you’re going to be developing an online application. If you don’t know who 37Signals are, have a look at basecamp or highrise.


August 13, 2007

I’ve been fiddling about with the new YSlow plugin. Basically its an addon for Firebug which analyzes web pages and tells you why they’re slow based on the rules for high performance web sites. Completely indispensable, and another good reason to switch to Firefox. YSlow gives you performance report card, HTTP/HTML summary and the list of components in the page, and its open source. Thank you.