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From Google:

Our engineers have worked tirelessly for the past two years to fight this epidemic that has plagued efficiency in the business world. Today, we are launching a new alpha feature in Google Apps for Business, Jargon-Bot. Jargon-Bot will automatically detect business jargon or business speak and provide you with real-time translation in plain English. Yes, simple, plain English. Jargon-Bot has been integrated across the entire suite of Google Apps so that next time you are on an IM chat with your manager, it will help you recognize and say no to unrealistic expectations. When you receive an e-mail from your supplier, Jargon-Bot won’t let you get ripped off by demystifying the fine print. And even when you’re on a Google+ Hangout with your accounting team, jargon-bot will be by your side, so you don’t break your e-reader when you have to help “close the books.”

We can only wish…

Refactoring

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Here’s a great presentation by Glenn Vanderburg describing the similarities and differences between software engineering and other engineering disciplines.  He notes that is not unusual that software is different from other engineering because all other engineering disciplines are in fact also different from each other.  He emphasizes the importance of testing because as in other engineering disciplines mathematical modeling is not proof, it is only used as a form of cost reduction.  Only empirical testing is “proof”.

Some assumptions about software engineering that were once true, but are no longer true:

  • Code is hard to read
  • Code is hard to change
  • Testing is expensive

Some assumptions that were once believed to be true, but were never true:

  • All engineering is like structural engineering
  • Programming is like building
  • Modeling and analysis are about correctness

It is well worth the 51 minutes, enjoy!

Neo4j basics

Here’s a fantastic video covering the basics of the Neo4j Graph database being used from .NET, including a primer on Graph databases.  He shows how he built a ASP.NET MVC app, with a Neo4j backend, all running in Azure. This isn’t in POC; it’s a production system. Also, unlike most graph DB talks, it’s not a social network!

I love the cypher syntax,

Match me –[:LIKES]->activity<-[:LIKES]-person

Beyond fluent, it’s a pictorial language where you just draw arrows to represent a query.  Amazing.

Tatham Oddie – Neo4j in a .NET world from NDC Conferences on Vimeo.

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