Friday, August 17, 2012

Blockquotes on io9

Some yahoo over there claimed that they don't blockquote on io9. This is an example of a blockquote in the very article being complained about...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Democracy for people, not for corporations

I’m part of a growing national movement to take back America and limit the power of corporations over our lives.  I’m writing to invite you to join me, at: 

We’re fighting back against the Supreme Court’s decision that gave corporations the same rights as people.  The only way to overrule the Supreme Court is by amending the U.S. Constitution, so that’s what we’re going to do.  

Our movement is just getting started, but we’ve already scored some major successes: seven states have officially called for an amendment, and so have 2,000 public officials, 300 cities, towns, and counties, and more than 2,000 business leaders.

It costs nothing to be part of it, and the email load is light, about one message every two weeks.   Will you please join me?  

We’ve got to do something.  This campaign will make a real difference, if you’ll help out.

Sign up here: 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Incredible Summary of Where Software Testing Could Improve

I ran across an article today about "What is the biggest weakness in software testing today?" Noah Sussman put forth the most succinct and clear articulation on the real cost of software testing I've ever seen. Seems like I've been stumbling along for years trying to make the point he does in a mere 212 words.

Noah Sussman, Technical Lead, Etsy:A surprising number of organizations seem to dramatically underestimate the costs of software testing.
Testability is a feature and tests are a second feature. Having tests depends on the testability of an application. Thus, “testing” entails the implementation and maintenance of two separate but dependent application features. It makes sense then that testing should be difficult and expensive. Yet many enterprise testing efforts do not seem to take into account the fact that testing an application incurs the cost of adding two new, non-trivial features to that application.
There also seems to be a widespread misconception that testing somehow makes application development easier. In fact the opposite is true.
If I may mangle Kernighan: testing is much more difficult than writing the code in the first place. To implement testability and then write tests, one needs first to understand the architecture of the application under test. But testing also requires doing hard things — like input partitioning and path reduction — that are beyond the scope of the application. The reality is that to get good tests, you’re going to have to ask some of your best people to work on the problem (instead of having them work on user-facing application features). Yet many organizations seem not yet to have recognized this.

Awesome. Thank you Noah. 

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Education Today and Tomorrow

This is an amazing model for education
. I heard it on KALW Cross Currents today. I'm so inspired by it. It's the kind of teaching I'd like to do if I were a teacher. It's the kind of school that I wish I had gone to.