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Month: October 2006

… to the Alexandria you are losing.

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In re: http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_20.htm So at my last day at Melbourne Uni (16 years all up, but who’s counting), I adjourn for one last beer or two with a couple of colleagues at the Lincoln, have some very fancy bangers and mash, and hie me thence at 9:30 so I can make it to Readings before […]

Review: Pulier & Taylor. Understanding Enterprise SOA.

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In re: http://www.manning.com/pulier/ I understand it, enough already! The content of the first half of the book could have been done in twenty pages, and I’m not convinced there’s much in there that isn’t already in Wikipedia. The authors admit to having committed hype in their past, and their hyping of SOA is still more […]

Review: Robertson & Robertson: Mastering the Requirements Process

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In re: http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Requirements-Process-Suzanne-Robertson/dp/0201360462 A nicely methodical textbook, with overview, step-by-step breakdowns, and some needed contextualisation. The authors are sympathetic to agile development, and tailor their advice to analysts going down that path; but they recognise the tension between agile development and explicit requirements, and insist that requirements come from the whiteboard, not the keyboard, even […]

The tale of φαῖο

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In my capacity of working on the lemmatisation of Greek for the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae project, verbs are much more of a hassle than nouns, because Greek verbs just have more latitude to do idiosyncratic stuff than nouns. The running joke with Greek verbs, in fact, is that there is no such thing as a […]

Review: O’Connell, Pyke & Whitehead. Mastering your Organization’s Processes.

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In re: http://www.cambridge.org/0521839750 This book was looking at Business Process Management (with Capital Letters, since it’s a distinct methodology), from a managerial rather than an IT perspective. Though it very occasionally got bogged down in detail of tactical approaches, overall it was a delight to read: judiciously cynical of everyone (especially IT, but also management […]

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