Monthly Archives: August 2008

DK source code link

Curt Vendel (who’s been groveling through a bunch of old Atari backup tapes for a number of years) has found and posted the source code to the Atari 800 version of Donkey Kong. Here’s a pointer to the forum thread: … Continue reading

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Before Source Control

Your job: Merge the sea of undifferentiated objects that Joe’s been working on for a week into the sea of undifferentiated objects that you’ve been working on for a week.  Repeat until you unbreak the build or run out of … Continue reading

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O Limp Icks

I swear to God, if I see another story on NBC about “How I made it to the Olympics despite (a) my crippling neural disease, (b) stifling poverty and a crippling neural disease, (c) my whole poverty-stricken neighborhood and my … Continue reading

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Deja etc. vu

Scrum is supposed to be about getting repeatability.  The thing is, you don’t get repeatability until you’ve actually repeated something. N == 0    Not repetition N == 1    Not repetition N == 2    Not so fast: you haven’t finished two. … Continue reading

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Bully Pulpit, and others

Here is C-Span’s political / Washington D.C. glossary.  link [I was reading about a Thailand government official who was advocating that the publishers / developers of GTA be prosecuted for “copycat” crimes — I was curious about how idiots like … Continue reading

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Less talk, more code please

More stuff that pops into my head during triage meetings. —- Oh, thars – Data-driven, Top-Down, Structured, Procedural and Agile Incremental, Bottom-up and Spiral (though it’s fragile) Rational will suck you in and bleed you with a smile TDD will … Continue reading

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more instant wisdom

The delete key is your friend. The less code you have, the less code you have understand, the faster the remaining code runs, and your builds will be done sooner. Omit needless junk, aggressively get rid of crap you don’t … Continue reading

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