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April 2011 Entries

Internet Explorer has made huge strides in the last couple of years. Microsoft has at last begun to lay the ghost of IE6 to rest with a solid, fast, standards compliant, reasonably up-to-date (not quite the same thing) forward-looking browser with the cleanest UI in the business. However, one issue clouds the horizon. Other browsers, most notably Google Chrome, rev much faster that IE. The importance of this is that, by bringing out new versions on shorter (much shorter, in some cases) timescales, ......

A business analyst colleague asked me to comment on how he could improve a use case diagram he had inherited. Someone had carefully transposed the outcome of a whiteboard session into a Visio UML diagram. We discussed the difference between <<includes>> and <<extends>> and I whinged on about how 'traditional' UML use case diagrams don't always convey very useful information. I made one practical suggestion, though. The use cases and associations were all neatly colour-coded ......

Well, it's official. Rules Fest 2011 is on track for October. The web site has been launched and the "Call for Speakers" has been published. Welcome to the world’s premier technical conference for reasoning technologies. Building on the success of last year's conference, this year will be bigger and better in every way. We’ve hired a larger venue - the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, just south of SFO. We really loved being at the Dolce Hayes last year (warmly recommended), ......

We all love benchmarks! With the recent release of new versions of some of major browsers, and as a small diversion over the weekend, I ran five well-known browsers against five well-known JavaScript micro-benchmarking suites using my laptop. The results are reproduced below. I have ranked the results for each benchmark suite from best to worst. Celtic Kane – old version (current version was unavailable) (Smaller is better) Opera 11 77 ms Safari 5 93 ms Chrome 10 119 ms IE 9 152 ms FF 4 154 ms Kraken ......

There has been quite a furore in the last couple of weeks about a blog article published by David Barrett entitled "CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire .NET programmers". You can find it at Along with about half the global development community, I tried to post a response, but comments were already closed. I had all but forgotten the article until, a few minutes ago, up popped a daily .NET newsletter with a headline linking ......