Decomposition is a natural function of all organic matter. This “rot” happens to plants and animals when exposed to microbial agents that cause decay, but it also happens in software when the system is exposed to completely different agents. Software rot, or software entropy, most commonly occurs over time as the code changes but the design...Read more
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SSO stands for single-sign on, which means a user authenticates only once, within one system, but the user has access to resources from an entirely separate system. A common scenario is when the user logs in to the portal provided by his internet service provider, then once in the web application for that ISP, he...Read more
Telecommuting is common, but so are the suspicions around it. Recently, corporate policy at Yahoo was modified to dramatically curtail employees working from home. And Hewlett-Packard soon followed suit. Is working from home a clever way to get caught up on one's laundry backlog or to orchestrate a three-day weekend? Even if the intent is sincere, often...Read more
Agile is a way for teams who build software to organize themselves, their tasks, and their time. But agile is also a buzzword, and like all buzzwords this one is frequently used in a way that means everything and next to nothing at the same time. There’s a large industry of how-to books, training courses, and...Read more
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