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Comment Re:In the #ESTIMATES Camp (Score 2) 299

Then, you base the number of sprints based on that information.

I think your brain is hardwired to the waterfall method, and you're thinking of Agile as a series of smaller waterfalls, one after the other. The whole point of Agile is admitting that you don't know where you're going to end up. You try to figure out how to test your basic assumptions as soon as possible -- no, really, as soon as possible, maybe even without writing a single line of code -- then iterate based on what you discover.

Comment Comedy != Informative Editorialism (Score 2) 278

The author has a great sense of humor, and ripostes some of programmings possible pitfalls into clever and hilarious absurdities. However, I strongly refute that this article is a remotely accurate portrayal of programming, and I hope it is not taken as such by prospective coders on the fence. In my view, programming is possibly one of the few havens of relative sanity available (although with wood-working and pure mathematics probably have it beat). The true insanity is HUMANS TRYING TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER HUMANS. If in doubt, please re-read the article with that in mind, and I think you'll find all the admittedly hilarious conceptions boil down to that issue, and that issue is pervasive in nearly any job you could name. Programming is an oasis from insanity, not ground zero.

Submission + - Restructured Ruby-on-Rails hits beta (

Curlsman writes: 'Rails founder David Heinemeier blogged that Ruby on Rails 3.0 "feels lighter, more agile, and easier to understand" in spite of the changes.'
So, is version 3 of RoR going to be a big deal, more of the same (good or bad), or just churning technology?

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