Archive for August, 2007

Back from holiday … new virus !

August 30, 2007

There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive W.O.R.K. from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT !!!

This virus will wipe out your private life completely.

If you should come into contact with W.O.R.K. put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store.

Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends.

If you do not have 5 friends,you have already been infected and WORK is controlling your life.

😀

Once upon a time … Genetic Algorithms

August 26, 2007

It passed a long long time since I read something about GA; I mean 8 years … too much time.
I consider it as closed chapter of my side-readings.

I saw 3 posts a few days ago, and I read them just to refresh my memories. 😉

These 3 posts, unfortunately in italian, are an easy reading to start from.
If you’re just curoius what the hepp GAs are, you my find here:
Algoritmi genetici (1)
Algoritmi genetici (2)
Algoritmi genetici (3)

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Duttilita’ o Specializzazione ?

August 20, 2007

Prima o poi, e’ capitato/capitera’ ad ognuno di noi di decidere che cosa fare della propria vita professionale.
Chi ha scelto di diventare sistemista piuttosto che programmatore, dba invece di netadmin, etc … e da quel momento in poi la carriera ha preso una direzione sicura.
Bene? Male?
Quanti clienti/lavori abbiamo dovuto “lasciare” perche’ non eravamo abbastanza skillati su quell’argomento ?
Ma quanti invece ne abbiamo acquisiti proprio grazie alla quella fatidica scelta ?
In economia vige un imperativo: diversificare!
Quanti lo applicano alla propria vita professionale ?
Ebbene si, quanti di noi si sono lasciati una “porta aperta” ?
Essere piu’ versatili oppure piu’ specialisti ?
Duttilita’ o eccellenza ?
Ovviamente il punto di equilibrio dipende da ognuno di noi, ma a quanti piacerebbe essere premiati per la propria duttiblita’ piuttosto della eccellenza ?
E viceversa ?

Essere versatili significa implicitamente non eccellere in nulla ?
Essere specializzati, vuol dire non potersi “riciclare” nel caso il nostro settore cambi direzione ?

In quale modo la versatilita’ aiuta l’evoluzione della specie ?
E, di riflesso, la specializzazione ?

Per ampliare la visione del problema, vi consiglio di leggere questo post di Jeremy Miller che descrive la stessa problematica ma da un altro punto di vista, la gestione del progetto.

TDD newbie ?

August 10, 2007

Are you a TDD newbie ? Well, no matter.
Jeremy Miller wrote some kind of 10 commandaments list for TDD newbies working in his projects.
It comes from his day-by-day job, and it fits his job 101% .

But, what is life if not knowledge & experience ?

From his experience, I found this commandaments very … easy :
– DO write unit tests first for everything reasonable — and it’s reasonable almost everywhere.
– DO NOT commit code without any tests. […]
[…] manual testing after coding beats nothing

Read the full post here.

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IIS 6 Http Compression

August 7, 2007

Some time ago, I had some trouble with bandwith usage; web pages were too heavy.
Easy & fast solution: enable server side compression. 😉

Here are some links were I found usefull information:
Using HTTP Compression (IIS 6.0) by MS TechNet

Using HTTP Compression for Faster Downloads (IIS 6.0)

IIS Compression in IIS6.0 By Scott Forsyth

If you have to deal with ISA Server (I had to 😦 ) here are a couple more links:
HTTP Compression Concepts in ISA Server 2006

Really Getting ISA and HTTP Compression to Work Together
Hope it helps.

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