Most interesting links of April ’13

Recommended Readings The top top article How To Survive a Ground-Up Rewrite Without Losing Your Sanity (recommended by Kent Beck) – sometimes you need to actually rewrite an important part of a system; here we learn about two such rewrites, one which went well and one that failed badly – and what are the importantContinue reading “Most interesting links of April ’13”

Book Review & Digest: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Relevant for IT/Business)

This book is about a great person, about change, about one of the largest bureaucracies and dysfunctional organizations, about projects gone astray, about warfare and its latest evolution. Many of the challenges and ideas that we encounter in the book are not limited to the military domain but apply also to business and IT. ItContinue reading “Book Review & Digest: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Relevant for IT/Business)”

The Value and Perils of Performance Benchmarks in the Wake of TechEmpower’s Web Framework Benchmark

The TechEmpower’s Web Framework Benchmark is quite interesting but the comments following it at HackerNews are even more so. That is at least the constructively critical ones that highlight many of the issues with benchmarks while also reminding us of their value. One could formulate the benchmark paradox: Benchmarks are important for rational technological choicesContinue reading “The Value and Perils of Performance Benchmarks in the Wake of TechEmpower’s Web Framework Benchmark”