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What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Software Architecture
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 09:28 - 0 comment(s)
The writers of Star Trek Voyager envisioned a game that was worthy of challenging the superior mind and intellect of a Vulcan. They called it Kal-toh. To the human eye, Kal-toh looks to be a high-tech fusion of Jenga and chess. Lieutenant Tuvok of the starship Voyager would be quick to tell you "Kal-toh is to chess as chess is to tic-tac-toe.” In Kal-toh, the players are presented with rod like game pieces that are in total chaos. This could be compared to legacy code with no discernable... + continue reading
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 14:28 - 0 comment(s)
Metrics have an obvious charm. If we could measure the quality of a system then we could track it and act as soon as it starts to degrade. But can we even hope to come up with a metric that works across something as complex as the software that runs the Mars Rover or something as simple as the software that plays the game of Tic-Tac-Toe? Remember that the metric(s) we seek is not likely to be an individual metric such as file size, or the number of paths within a method, or even the count of... + continue reading
Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 19:38 - 0 comment(s)
There is a major new book out: Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications. The authors, Steven D. Eppinger and Tyson R. Browning, may not be household names, but they are rock stars in the world of DSMs. This book contains a clear and lucid introduction to DSMs. However, what makes this book so compelling is its rich collection of examples. The book contains 44 real world examples as varied as NASA's Mars Pathfinder, BP’s LNG Terminal, LLBean’s Software Code Base, or Luftfahrt’s... + continue reading
Friday, December 2, 2011 - 16:54 - 0 comment(s)
We released Lattix 7.0 last month and its been a hectic time. Let's take a quick glance at history. Lattix 6.0 was released last year and was followed up by a point release every month, each adding significant new features and usability. We now have the platform for the next round of improvements. I will discuss various new features of Lattix in my upcoming blog postings. Today we will talk about the concept of a Profile, new in Lattix 7.0. Lattix 7.0 sports 4 different profiles:... + continue reading
Friday, January 14, 2011 - 09:05 - 0 comment(s)
How much "architecture" is good for agile development? How should you think about the future implications of design as you write code to meet immediate requirements? A recent article in CrossTalk, tackles this subject head on. The authors - Nanette Brown, Robert Nord and Ipek Ozkaya are from Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and well known for their prior contributions to the study of software architecture. In their own words: Our mantra for Architectural Agility is “informed anticipation... + continue reading