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April 2017

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TIOBE Index update - top 4 languages are going down

Compas Pascal – The TIOBE index shows: Top 4 languages are going down (Java, C, C++, C#) Delphi is now significantly more than 50% the size of Microsoft C# JavaScript and Delphi are keeping their share R is going up, fast It seems that there is a general move away from mainstream languages, towards other ...
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September 2016

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System architecture and QA in management

Compas Pascal – As IT becomes a bigger part of everyone's business, so does system architecture and QA. Whenever we see a big IT project that fails, the cause of the failure often comes from having management that does not pay enough attention to system architecture and QA. I think all readers of this blog have ...
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March 2015

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35 years old Arduino-like setup with Pascal

Compas Pascal – I do not care much about products or constructions from the past, that cannot be reproduced or used, but in this case, my brother's old construction from the late 1970s made me look again, because it looks so much like what people do with Arduino kits. This is a computer programmed using Compas ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2015-03-08 14:33

January 2015

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Test-driven programming guidelines

Compas Pascal – We all know about test-driven development. How many actually do this? Well, medical device software is made this way. Maybe the tests are not automated, but developers are required to establish verifiable requirements before starting to write source code. Since you only know if a requirement is ...
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February 2013

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Turning the V-model upside down: The A-model

Compas Pascal – The V-model is well known in many software development models: However, this drawing, which is very representative for V-model drawings, has several inconsistencies. One of them is the arrow, that goes back in time. Another one is, that it puts Operation and Maintenance into the Project Test ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2013-02-26 10:16

December 2011

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Process management for software development companies

Compas Pascal – Our bugtracker system has grown far beyond bugtracking, and that is the time where you need to realize, that bugtracking is not much different from managing a construction site, a catering company or many other kinds of businesses. It's all about automating the process, and this requires a generic ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-12-26 19:43

July 2011

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Google+ is a different approach

Compas Pascal – Many try to compare Facebook with Google+, and often they conclude that Facebook har more friends, so they will not switch to Google+, even though Google+ has some nice features. However, Google+ should not be analyzed as a Facebook killer. It isn't. Facebook has a huge head start, and even though ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-07-23 15:12

June 2011

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Is WPF+Silverlight dead on Windows?

Compas Pascal – Does anybody still remember WinForms? If you think WinForms is old outdated technology, and WPF is the new and cozy, you might want to go on Youtube and look at the Windows 8 previews. Microsoft was dead serious when they embraced HTML5 and JavaScript last year, HTML5 and JavaScript seems to be the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-06-06 11:38

March 2011

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OOP Spaghetti code explained

Compas Pascal – The term "spaghetti code" is usually attributed to pre-OOP code, but there is a lot of OOP code out there that is definitely entangled and a mess. I have seen quite some of it in my carreer, and this kind of spaghetti is characterized by its dependencies. An class is nothing else than a data ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-03-31 10:30
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Why startups don't use .net

Compas Pascal – There have been several articles over the last couple of weeks about the usefulness of .net for startups. I will mention three: * Did the Microsoft stack kill MySpace? * Why we don't hire .net programmers * Why Microsoft could kill your startup career Even though our company is now several years ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-03-30 11:58
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Open Source vs. commercial software

Compas Pascal – I was recently asked, where does Open Source make sense? This is a hard question, because it depends on the objective. Some people argue from a freedom perspective, nerds can modify anything. But freedom is also the freedom of choice, and enforcing Open Source everywhere would definitely be ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-03-27 13:41
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Apple leaves the PC era

Compas Pascal – In the recent iPad 2 announcement by Apple, Steve Jobs revealed, that Apple now earns most money on post-PC products like iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV etc. This tendency does not need to continue for a long time, before the Mac computers are reduced to merely strategic products for the company.
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February 2011

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Why Microsoft and Nokia have a chance

Compas Pascal – Many iPhone and Android fans don't believe that Nokia and Microsoft have much chance to succeed. While everybody agrees that they wouldn't have a chance without good partners, few seem to agree that they can do much together. The most frequent explanation is that their level of innovation is too ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2011-02-12 15:32

December 2010

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The future of C#, the bloat explosion, and what happened instead

Compas Pascal – Looking back on this video with Anders Hejlsberg, about the future of C#, from march 2009, or this blog post about the upcoming bloat explosion, seems quite awkward with the current explosion of iOS and especially Android. There are numerous awkward parts in the video: The focus on objects, the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Lars D @ 2010-12-19 12:39
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Android sells better than Windows to consumers

Compas Pascal – If you look into the news, there seems to be consensus about the numbers: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/29/apple-ipad-cannibalising-pc-sales "Gartner forecasts that worldwide PC shipments for 2011 will reach 409m units" = 1.1 million per day. It is fair to expect less than 40% of ...
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