Yeah, I’m really just not here much anymore. My blog title is true. It was fun for awhile.
My friend Steven used to say nobody really programs any more; they just invoke the new project wizard and start debugging.
That’s called test-driven development now, and it’s supposed to be a good thing.
I don’t really agree that that’s what’s happening. It’s funny, though.
I’d argue that test-driven development is yet another attempt at making software reliable. As with most attempts, ever since The Mythical Man Month, it’s led to some good practices, but has also been used as a substitute for actual code smarts. Fred Brooks pretty much admitted in an article in IEEE Software in the late 1980s that the solutions he’d put forward in Mythical Man Month had not helped. The current snake oil is “Agile Development”. As per usual, there are some good ideas, but it won’t really help.
Kim Boekbinder, the Impossible Girl, has released her new space-inspired album, “The Sky is Calling”. As usual, I like some of it a lot, and parts less well. It’s got a bit of world music feel, combined with a somewhat early ’80s synth sound.
I really like “Stellar Alchemist”, and “The Drake Equation” and “The Sky is Calling” also grab me. I like the lyrics of “Fix You Good” better than the song itself. There are other songs that may grow on me.
(There are links to music.)