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RE: ??? (was RE: A simple guy with a simple problem)
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Tim Bray <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 11:29:44 -0600
Or write focused requirements, avoid the
We Are The World hype, and use a spec
based on what some "customer" wants.
Nothing about what has been suggested in
XP sounds like more than decent
project management. Keep the moles
from digging too deep a hole until
one is sure where the water is. XP is yet one
more attempt to build hype around
what is for any good programming
team I ever worked for, common
sense. Do it if it works but don't
use it as simply another rallying cry to
create a polity to be aimed at yet
another problem that can be solved
by reading the manual.
Can you square the scope of the specs against the
myth of Internet time? Too little,
you lose to the BigGuys. Too much,
it doesn't get done. Where is the
sweet spot? That is all XP or functional
programming, or functional scheduling
has to solve. Here, we read the RFPs
and count requests. If they go
above a threshhold, they go on the
schedule. So far, we are profitable.
I am looking at the Nasdaq. Those
"successes" now known as dot.bombs
have come home like chickens to roost.
I want to see XML be the thing that
really does something more than
pull a page to a browser. That
we can do already and by convincing
people it was enough, $200 billion in
wealth just disappeared. That ain't sweet.
I read the Taxi article. Nice piece.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Tim Bray [mailto:email@example.com]
At 03:47 PM 14/03/01 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>We can't treat XML
>spec work as an XP programming
I think that is *exactly* what the W3C should start
doing. And if you look at its successes, you detect a
strong XP flavor - don't bite off too much, fix the
three biggest problems and then see what the next big
problem is, etc. -Tim