Off to Lang.NET

> Yesterday I went swimming on a coral reef in 100′ visibility with whales singing so loud that I almost expected to see them underwater. For the next 3 days, I’ll be in Seattle, where I assume they have this thing I hear about called “heating.” Actually, after canceling the trip because I had such […]

Programmer Productivity Pumped Post Picture-Picking Paradigm?

Mitch Barnett responds to <a href=””” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>No Silver Programmers with a discussion of visual programming in BizTalk: [Y]ou drag n dropped onto the canvas (kinda like Visio) and then you would set a bunch of design time properties and sometimes call out to some C# assemblies, or web services or adapters, but most […]

Hackstat : A Framework for Software Development Process Data

Philip Johnson tells me by email of Hackystat: [A]n open source framework for collection, analysis, visualization, interpretation, annotation, and dissemination of software development process and product data…. Hackystat aspires to be the “Apache” of software engineering measurement systems: open source, standalone, scalable, extensible, and platform and technology neutral. Our current thrust with Hackystat is “Collective […]

Development Homeruns

In email, Charles Gallo makes a point regarding “No Silver Programmers”: I think the HUGE difference between the mean programmer, and the silver bullet programmer is NOT how fast they can code “x” function points. The HUGE difference is when they sit down to solve a problem, and they can come up with an “elegant” […]

Stephen J. Gould on Baseball : May Relate to Programmer Productivity

Andrew Dalke reminded me of an essay by Stephen J. Gould (discussed at: and about the decreasing deviation in performance as a field matures. Relating it to the old studies on programming productivity, Dalke wonders: If that applies to programming, and I expect that’s a strong confounding effect, then those 1980-era studies have […]