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Archive for May, 2008

Gpl Delphi!

Posted by Uberto Barbini on May 10, 2008

This is my plea to Embarcadero for Delphi future.

I’m not asking to release everything under GPL, only to release VCL and the as much as possible of the IDE under a dual license schema.

What is the biggest single problem for Delphi wide adoption today? In my opinion the lack of community. When I started to using Delphi, (Delphi 1.0 in 1995) there was a huge community from Turbo Pascal days, now that community of young passionate future developers has grow in professionals that spread the word of Delphi in every company they worked.

But if I look now to the main Italian Delphi newsgroups, they are frequented mostly by professionals, with everyday problems to solve. And that’s ok, but where is the future in this?

The words GPL has still a little of its marketing magic (and a very cheap one), so maybe it can attract again the kids, as I was in 1995 (ouch this hurts!).

I don’t think that in 2008 any serious firm could consider using a GPL product with the idea of breaking the license. And if they were ready to do it they surely won’t pay any license whatever.

As things are now, Delphi could have a not so bad future as niche product, but IMHO this is the only way to revive to ancient glorious days.

For a different opinion and much more details about the acquisition, I keep an eye on Marco Cantu’s Blog.

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Embarcadero Delphi

Posted by Uberto Barbini on May 8, 2008

As you may know, CodeGear, the company of the glorious Borland Delphi, is just been sold from Borland to Embarcadero for 23M USD.

Although I’m not doing any serious development in Delphi for at least 2-3 years, I’m still very fond of it. Anyway it never made for the “web 2.0” era of development.

Without a complete renewal and probably a dual license schema (like Qt) I don’t think it will ever manage to revives again.

My personal take is that this is its requiem, Embarcadero will further cut the developing and will replace it as a convenient db-related tool.

But I sincerely hope to be mistaken about it.

Good Luck Delphi!

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Agile Anti-Patterns

Posted by Uberto Barbini on May 2, 2008

http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=49239

Nice reading, especially the comments. Anyway these are more or less “incomplete agile”.

Maybe partial Junit coverage is not agile, but it’s definitely better than no unit tests at all.

Nightly build are worse then continuous integration but are better than weekly builds, etc.

I agree that there is a kind of “click”, aka “when the team jells”, that happens when you’re correctly doing agile. Mmhh, I said one? Maybe there are several, one fore each step of agile you reach.

Not really sure anyhow, my personal experience is that when agile start to work, organizations reacts and dismantle agile teams.

Anyway I want to add other two Agile AntiPatterns I saw myself:

Agile Sweatshop

First signs: 40 hours a week is not a practice but a wish that will never came true. Iterations are fixed both in time and features, there’s no time for pair programming, spikes, crc/mindmap sessions.

Consequences: high turnover, personality problems, quality doesn’t improve much over the time. It’s like a tipical sofware sweatshop but usually managed by some “agile guru” with a bunch of underpaid newbies.

Technical Success

It happens when the Customer change his mind every iteration, and the Team continue to provide new estimates for more or less the same functionalities. At the end the project is cancelled because it’s too late on schedule but it’s still a “technical success”, that is a business failure. The best description I heard of this was at a Jeff Patton seminar at the XpDay2007 in London.

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