Word of the Day Archive


June 10, 2008  2:23 PM

Overheard: Microsoft Sandcastle washed away

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
sam_ramji.jpg A number of people have alerted me in the last 24 hours that a Microsoft project called Sandcastle, located on Codeplex, used the Ms-PL and called itself “open source” yet never posted the source code. This is unacceptable and represents a violation of Microsoft’s Open Source policy. I take it extremely seriously. I have directed the project to be unpublished from Codeplex immediately, including removal of the project’s use of the Ms-PL.

Sam Ramji, Sandcastle Removed from Codeplex

Isn’t it ironic that Microsoft picked Sandcastle as the name for their documentaion tool? Now, like a real sandcastle, it’s disappeared in a wave of indignation from the OSI community.

June 10, 2008  1:53 AM

Overheard: Facebook is loving Hadoop

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
hadoop-logo.jpg Over time, we have added classic data warehouse features like partitioning, sampling and indexing to this environment. This in-house data warehousing layer over Hadoop is called Hive and we are looking forward to releasing an open source version of this project in the near future.

Joydeep Sen Sarma, Hadoop


June 9, 2008  10:04 AM

Overheard: FOSS is the constructionist learning model in action

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
walter_bender2.jpg The culture that is embodied in the FOSS movement — a meritocracy that is built upon both collaboration and critique — is synergistic with some core principles of learning, so, where possible, I try to embrace that culture.

Walter Bender, as quoted in Walter Bender Discusses Sugar Labs Foundation

“Constructionism” is a theory of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert. Papert first started developing the theory as a student of Piaget in the early 1960s. Over the course of more than 40 years of research and practice, Papert and his students found that children learn best when they are in the “active role of the designer and constructor” and that this happens best in a context where the child is “consciously engaged in constructing a public entity” — something “truly meaningful” for the learner. Further, the creation process and the end product must be shared with others in order for the full effects to take root.


June 6, 2008  1:19 PM

Overheard: Agile project managers must be xenodochial

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
meerkat.jpg Most agile coaches move around from team to team and need to fit in with different groups. Not only do they have to be approachable by different people, but they also have to ensure that what they say and how they act doesn’t work to exclude people.

Patrick Kua, The Agile Coach, from A to Z


June 6, 2008  1:02 PM

Overheard: Why Bill Gates is like Mr. Burns

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
garrreynolds0605.jpg One unfortunate habit Bill Gates has is constantly bringing his finger tips together high across his chest while speaking. Often this leads to his hands being locked together somewhere across his chest. This gesture makes him seem uncomfortable and is a gesture reminiscent of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns.

Garr Reynolds,  Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic

Garr Reynolds does an excellent job explaining PowerPoint Zen by comparing the presentation styles of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

bill_gates.jpg mr-burns.jpg


June 5, 2008  12:07 PM

Overheard: Cloud computing too big a risk for mission critical apps

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
paul-wallis.jpg The nature of Grid/Cloud computing means a business has to migrate its applications and data to a third party solution. This creates huge barriers to the uptake.

Paul Wallis, Is the Cloud There Yet?

Recently we’ve seen the London Stock Exchange fail, undersea data cables cut in the Gulf, espionage in Lithuania and the failure of the most modern and well-known data farm at Amazon.

In such a climate it will require asking the business to take a leap of faith to find solid footing in the cloud for mission critical applications.

And that is never a good way to sell to the business.


June 4, 2008  11:16 AM

Overheard: India faces “employability” problem

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
34820384.jpg Recent statistics show that the job opportunities in India have outnumbered the available hands. The problem is more of “Employability” rather than employment.  

vidyai, The Soft Skills Training – Where it begins!!


June 3, 2008  12:29 PM

Overheard: More than token opposition to tokenization

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
credit_cards.jpg The most popular reason for not implementing tokenization is that companies have already implemented data encryption and key management systems costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and either they did not feel they needed tokenization or they were unwilling to be perceived by upper management as “changing course” by recommending the removal of the data they just spent all this money to protect.

Evan Schuman, Opposition To Tokenization A Lot More Than Token


June 2, 2008  12:12 PM

Overheard: Enterprise Web 2.0 inbreeding

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
martin_kloos.jpg Spending too much time with the ‘in crowd’ who ‘get’ Enterprise 2.0 can result in serious over-enthusiasm and lack of realism.

Martin Kloos, The state of Enterprise 2.0 and why we need new stories

Ever since Forrester released a report last month saying that Web 2.0 technologies will have a world-wide market value of $4.6 billion by the year 2013, the early adopters have been patting themselves on the back, saying “I told you so.”

Not so fast, bucko. 2013 is a long way away and enterprise IT is not just going to open its doors to the new kids on the block just because a new generation is entering the workplace. What’s more likely to happen is that legacy IT applications will make updates, incorporating Web 2.o features that work for a particular industry or software application.

At the very least…those Web 2.0 apps wanting consideration will need respectable names. Manly names. Serious names. Names IT professionals don’t feel embarrassed talking about at manager’s meetings. Twitter? Tweets? I don’t think so.


May 29, 2008  12:45 PM

Overheard: Visual Studio Express — Hello World

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
dan_fernandez.jpg The reason we’re able to offer Express for free and even let developers build commercial applications with Express is because we limit 3rd party extensibility of Express, specifically by removing support macros, add-ins, and VSIP packages.

Dan Fernandez, Visual Studio Express and TestDriven.NET

Microsoft wasn’t happy when developers began to extend what was freely given to them. Dan’s post above could have been called “We give you an inch and you take a mile.”

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On another totally unrelated Dan Fernandez note:

Wow! He’s blonde in this interview. I’m a big Dan Fernandez fan — but I had a hard time watching this video because I kept thinking “why did you bleach your hair?”

In spite of my hair distraction, I liked the interview. Dan is a great evangelist for Visual Studio Express. He’s able to capture and convey that feeling of accomplishment we all felt when we made those magical words “Hello World” appeared on the monitor. He’s not a snob. He appreciates the hobbyist, the hacker and the curious.

Ok…I can’t resist.

Q: What do you call a swimming pool full of blonde Visual Studio Express evangelists?
A: Frosted Flakes.


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