In case you haven’t heard, the Linux Foundation develops and promotes SPDX – a standard for documenting the external components used in your software. This standard covers the things that a simple “ingredients label” would not. Usage and licensing of components (which can be far more fluid than one may expect), origins of components, and… Continue reading Two Dandy Queries for SPDX
Alas, it appears when some companies claim to support “Linux”, they actually support only the Debian-based versions of Linux. Hipchat, Atlassian claims, “runs on everything so you can use it anywhere.” But to make it run on RPM-based systems, you might need to do a little work. Here’s how I got HipChat running on Suse:… Continue reading Installing HipChat on SUSE
Like all my other posts, this post is entirely my own opinion and not may not reflect the opinions of my employers, past and present. A week ago, I finished reading Dan Lyons’ real-life tragic comedy “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble“. It has left me uneasy. Among other tech startup evils, Lyons turns the spotlight on… Continue reading My first (and only) axiom of culture
Let’s see how familiar you are with Java 8’s new Date/Time classes. ZonedDateTime americasBirthday = ZonedDateTime.of(1776, 7, 4, 9, 1, 2, 3, ZoneId.of(“America/New_York”)); (I actually have no idea exactly at what time the Declaration of Independence was read that day, but that’s thoroughly beside the point). So question: what does this print? System.out.println( americasBirthday.withZoneSameInstant(ZoneId.of(“UTC”))); If you said… Continue reading Independence Day Time Warp
What does this print?
Conway’s law: Organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations. –Melvin Conway Are they? Sure, there is ample evidence to suggest that the architectural structure of software closely parallels the organizational structure of its creators, but this “mirroring” is a correlation, not a causation. Consider… Continue reading Is Conway’s Law real?
I’m not sure why the connection of REST to HTTP is so commonly misunderstood, but after hearing an architect say REST is implemented with HTTP, I’ve had just about enough. HTTP is a transfer protocol that implements the four verbs in REST (under different names). HTTP is thus a convenient foundation for RESTful services. It… Continue reading REST is NOT bound to HTTP