The Lanham Factor
The (ir)rational thoughts of a (not-so)mad man

April 2008 Entries

Required Features <> Requirements

Those of you who know me know that I am a stickler for using the proper word. A shovel and a spade are not the same thing. The term "requirements" is suffering a similar fate. Although requirements have come in many varieties over the decades, the current de facto standard is to capture functional requirements as use cases or some similar mechanism (user stories, for example). Unfortunately, however, I often see a bulleted list of "features" described as "requirements". Don't get me wrong, feature ......

Code Converter Cont'd

Thanks to all who chimed in on it.  I decided to drop the coin.  So far so good.  I am working through a handful of errors left over.  It is WAY better than trying to convert file-at-a-time!  I'll keep you updated!

Code Converter

I am in the market for a code converter.  I've use a few free converters but they are slow and painful and, more importantly, A LOT of changes need to be made.  I am considering http://tangiblesoftwaresolutions.com/index.htm.  However, I am wondering if you can recommend a professional converter.  I have no problem paying for a product.  Specifically, I want C#-to-VB.  Thanks in advance.



Using Third-Party Components

This entry is originally from the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group newsletter. This month the UG held a luncheon, sponsored by Telerik, about their products. One of the UG members, George Matzko, mentioned the potential pitfalls associated with using 3rd-party components. In this month’s newsletter I want to discuss that as it seems to be both an important topic and a topic of recent interest. The Benefits of Using 3rd-Party Components · Time to Market – This is arguably the most obvious benefit. If ......

How Company Policy is Formed

I don't know why I've been holding this one so long.  I am selfish, I guess, and decided to not share.  Anyhoo...in case you are wondering, here is how company policies are formed.

http://mistupid.com/people/page058.htm



Buy vs. Build

This entry is originally from the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group newsletter. Buy vs. Build – How to Decide Last month we talked about adopting new technologies. Related to adopting new technologies is the “buy vs. build” conundrum. You should always consider purchasing an existing system if you can find one that meets the requirements. However, there are occasions when it makes more sense to build the solution. Before making a buy vs. build decision, you still need requirements. Once you have a baseline ......

Battlestar Galactica Returns

I watched the Season 4 Premier of BSG last night (as I am sure many of you did). I must say that I was concerned about the quality of the show given the latter half of season 3. In those episodes, it seemed to me that the show's producers / creators (Eick & Moore) took the following tack: "Dude! Our show is AWESOME! Fans love it! It is the best show on TV. Now let's change it and start making all those socio-economic and political statements we've been holding!" Well, obviously, that didn't work ......

Loyal Readers - Loyal Listeners

A few weeks ago I learned that some people check my blog every day (or thenabouts). I realized that I do not blog with any consistency or frequently. For you, my loyal readers, I promise to try and do a better job. (but don't count on it! :) ) Anyway... So today I purchased the brandy-spankin' new R.E.M. CD, "Accelerate". Like you are loyal to my blog, I am loyal to R.E.M. It totally rocks. I don't care how old those guys get, they are still great. It is amazing that they continue to redefine themselves. ......