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Comment: Re:Depends on the project (Score 2) 507

by SQLGuru (#49695553) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

I'd argue the opposite. As a consultant, when we're brought in for a 1.0 type project, we're more successful with an Agile approach because requirements are less solidified in detail but the high-level stories are fairly well known. Each sprint, we can take a story, detail it out and implement it. The customers see progress and enjoy the feedback loop.

Projects that are more focused on enhancements (smaller scale, not a "major upgrade") tend to have issues in an Agile fashion because everything needs to be done "right now" because it's "affecting such and such group" and the prioritized backlog turns into a big mess of conflicting priorities.

That being said, my main complaint about Agile is that the typical implementation of it is too short-sighted. Sure, Agile allows for refactoring phases, but if you are only focused on what's in the current sprint, you might make a sub-optimal decision in Sprint 2 for a feature that isn't even considered until Sprint 6......but the decision you made in Sprint 2 locked you in to a bad approach and refactoring will take almost a full Sprint.....had you known about the Sprint 6 feature, you could have implemented the Sprint 2 feature in a way that the Sprint 6 feature could be implemented in a matter of days.

Comment: Re:How hard will this break Corp Intranet apps? (Score 1) 133

by SQLGuru (#49674821) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

I'm more than willing to try Edge. My barebones, current version, no-plugin version of Chrome has been slowing to a crawl lately. So much so that I've considered making IE or Firefox my go-to browser again (all of them are installed --- typical dev)......and IE has a slight lead because Firefox has always been so bloated.

Comment: Re:No one wants this (Score 4, Interesting) 425

by SQLGuru (#49619961) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

I think anyone who is a 10x programmer (which I consider myself to be) should be interested in bringing as many people as possible up to their level. Who wants to be LeBron James playing pick-up basketball in the rec league when they could be LeBron James playing in the NBA championships? When you are so much further ahead of everyone around you, people can't fully appreciate how great you really are.....but if you are surrounded by stars and yet still shine far above all of them, you look that much more awesome. It's one of the reasons that I spend time with the noobs mentoring them.......also, if I mentor them, they'll be more apt to do things my way.

Comment: Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 2) 107

So, a long time ago (1996 or 1997), I had made a statement to a friend that "If it's on the Internet, I can find it." This was back when Lycos and Webcrawler and AltaVista were the best search engines. He challenged me to find out how much a bullet fired from an M-16 dropped at 500 yards (back then, it took me 45 minutes to find). He was ex-Marine, so this was information that he already knew.

So, I used that same concept to test your theory. My exact query was:
-- how far will a bullet drop at 500 yards

The Google results were very heavily weighted to a 308. The Bing results included multiple caliber rounds. I think the Bing results are more comprehensive for this query and it is sufficiently non-simple.

I'm sure there are plenty of queries where Google is better, but there are also queries where Bing is better. Which is why I use every tool available to me.

Comment: So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 5, Interesting) 107

A company tries to get their product to be more popular. Sounds like a good strategy. If it works, bully for them. If it doesn't, they'll try something else. Either people will use it or they won't. Bing isn't a terrible search fact, there are some features that Google buried related to Image search that Bing still keeps up front. Anyone who just uses Google is actually missing out. I use more than one tool to accomplish my task (Google, Bing, and Yahoo plus a few obscure search engines for specialized searches). Each one offers up results that the other doesn't.

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