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Leopard: two faces of same coin

October 31st, 2007

Apple announced that two million copies of Leopard were sold in less than a week. Great, isnt it?

At the same time I read this like this which is quite disappointing. Quoting:

What party do I mean? I mean the free ride that I as a Java developer have been giving Apple for way too long now. And as we have remained loyal to Apple, Apple has basically spit in our face. Not only did Leopard not ship with Java 6, but Apple, in typical fashion, apparently thinks it has no obligation to its customers to inform them about why the plans changed, and when (or even if at this point?) Apple will ever have a working copy of Java 6. Apparently, Apple has even been just deleting threads in their forums where people are complaining that Java 6 doesn’t exist, rather than actually respond to them and let them know if there is any kind of time line for Java 6. But wait… It gets worse…

Java 5 on Leopard is so broken, that some of it is flat out unusable. For example, I recently tested an application I wrote that uses Java2D for image zooming. On Linux, Windows, and on Java 5 in OS X Tiger, it worked fabulously. The scaling and zooming are very smooth. On Leopard, it is not even usable. It’s slow, and manages to rescale during zooming at about 1 frame every 5 seconds. Working with IntelliJ IDEA in Leopard has been no picnic either. On a fairly regular basis, it will seem to just hang for 10 seconds or more and then start working again. I suspect the garbage collector is having problems, but once again, these are problems that did not exist in Java 5 with the previous version of OS X.

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Agile chicks

July 4th, 2007

There has been a growing number of agile chicks, which is awesome. At least the ones that blogs.. Do the math, there’s Wendy and now there’s Amanda Wilson. Yeah, two! Fantastic! (Impressed by my math abilities? I amaze myself sometimes)

Amanda has some insightful posts. I’d specially recommend What on earth is a Scrummaster.

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On Agile…

June 22nd, 2007

Wendy Friedlander depicts brilliantly the agile mindset to software development.

It’s not that we live in a perfect world, and it’s not that everybody will be on board when you decide to shift to an agile methodology. It’s just that the practices and discipline force a more sustainable way to build software, the project will be more likely to succeed — projects fails for a variety of reasons — and your client/stakeholder will be happier by seeing value coming from every iteration.

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