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  • What IS Agile? A Useless Theoretical Question or Necessary Clarity for Success?

    A quick search on your favorite browser looking for recent articles on 'agile software development' or its derivatives will return a surprisingly diverse set of ideas on what Agile is. Is this good? Is this bad? Or is this writer just filling white-space to get an article out on Monday, May 10th?

  • "Original Sin" (Would Java be Better Off Without Primitives?)

    Gilad Bracha reopens an old debate; can a language be OO and rely on primitive types? He advances an argument that Java fails to be truly OO because "Java’s original sin was not being a pure object oriented language - a language where everything is an object." The core of the post is whether or not Java could be just as efficient without types. Yes.

  • As Agile Memes Spread, Does Software Development Improve?

    Philippe Kruchten reflected upon the culture of Agility. He used the concept of a meme, a replicating chunk of culture, to describe different Agile ideas/practices and suggested that the culture of Agility is a collection of memes – a memeplex. Kruchten claimed the Agility culture is very adept at spreading regardless of whether it helps an organization or not.

  • Debating Agility at ThoughtWorks

    A lively debate is underway among the folks at ThoughtWorks... Starting with Dr. Jim Webber, noted author and ThoughtWorks' top SOA consultant, coining the term: Agile athiest. Does the rise of "Agile religion" signal that the moment has arrived to retire the "Agile" label?

  • Top Ten Web Service "Issues"

    What are your top ten Web service issues and advice? Andre Tost, Soccer fan and IBM Senior Technical Staff Member writes a bloglike article articulating the top ten issues he and his customers have with Web Services.

  • InfoQ Article: Will the Enterprise change Ruby, or will Ruby change the Enterprise?

    Ruby is often criticized for lacking the features required for developing large applications and maintaining them over long periods of time with large teams. Are we missing something fundamental for widescale adoption of Ruby in the enterprise?

  • Clemens Vasters on Services and Business/IT Alignment

    Clemens Vasters writes about the value of service-orientation (or lack thereof) for aligning business and IT.

  • SOA "Soft Landing"

    Is SOA a bubble? How will new emerging technologies fit in to the SOA picture? Are we due for an SOA bubble bursting, or a "soft landing" for SOA?

  • Article: Ruby and Rails: In your face... but out of your way

    Ruby on Rails is in many ways a system in itself. But in many, many other ways, Rails exposes, explores, and exploits its connections to Ruby, rather than hiding or disguising them. David A. Black, author of the book Ruby for Rails from Manning, shares his thoughts on whether or not Rails developers should take the time to master Ruby.