Thursday, March 29, 2007

Doug Schmidt, ACE God Farther

It's always great to talk to someone smart. I am just off from a conversation with Doug Schmidt, moslty known to me as a God Farther of Adaptive Communication Environment (ACE) framework.

When talking to a smart person, speak less and listen more. The format of our talk ensured my talking less: I was just listening his interview while driving.

In this interview, Douge shared his vision on the state of the art of today's software development and his opinions on cutting edge directions. I liked his characterizing desc of Middleware. I liked to learn about his testing/QA experience on ACE and TAO: "It's crutual to have automated support for quality assurance". I was interested to know his opinions on Model Driven Architecture versus in his view to Domain Specific Modelling and Domain middleware verticals.

Very broad set of subjects from a very bright man, which you can enjoy from Software Engineering Radio

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Where is Dmitri?

In 2007 I almost disappeared. With a cosmic size of today's blogosphere noone would possibly notice, but in case you wonder what's on:

First, I had my dream vacation: 10 days bare-boat sailing in BVI. For those who are not into sailing, bare-boat doesn't stand for boating bare naked. But it's not less fun. For 10 days I enjoyed living a totally different life with totally different people in a totally different environment. None of my past accomplishments worth a dime and the things that matter is whether you strong, a good sailor, and

Second, I got called for a juror duty. This turned to be an interesting experience. Although not selected for the trial, I had a look behind the curtainS of the justice system. It also turned out a great programming retreat. In the office I don't have much chance to brush my programming. Here, sitting with my laptop in a huge lodge with ~200 people I found myself very productive catching up on programming.

Third, and the most exciting: a new born baby! With this I am taking some time off. More details are shared with close friends.

And all in between was tightly stuffed with my "Director of Software Development" duties.

I am not to make excuses, but to make a statement: I am back. In March, I may only do as little as another Reader's digest. But many ideas are drafted; as the spring comes, expect them to blossom here on

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