After a long week at OOW. The conference was pretty good I thought - even though there were lots of people there, I didn't see any huge masses of people getting stuck in crowds. Since they spread it all over - at the Hilton, Marriott, all of Moscone, the Argent hotel and maybe even some others - there was plenty of space. It was tiring though.
Anyway, picked up a couple of links over the week and thought I'd point them out now. The first is from Dave Taylor who writes "When did conference attendees become so rude?" I gave three talks at OOW - to fairly large audiences, and I have to say I found what he says there to be true. In each and every one - at least one cell phone went off. It is very distracting. I've been in the audience when people let their phone ring audibly and then they sit there and actually take the call. Just turn them off please.
Next was "Just say not to XML"! Hear hear. I've never even considered thinking that XML is a programming language - it is a markup thing. Using it as a programming language just seems bizarre. I liked the list of things the author feels developers need to have mastered:
This list includes a deep understanding of data structures and key algorithms, a little math (set theory, logic, a little statistics), mastery of analysis-and-design techniques, both process (e.g., RUP or XP) and structure (e.g., design patterns), and database structure and use (e.g., SQL). You also need to know how the hardware works.
Comes down to understanding lots of things. I liked the reference to "a little math" and "database structures". Many people would skip those as pre-requisites.
And lastly - 36 Humorous Methods of Proof. I liked them all but these stood out as "brilliant"
- Proof by Obviousness: the proof is so clear that it need not be mentioned
- Proof by Imagination: Well, we'll pretend it is true...
- Proof by Convenience: It would be very nice if it were true, so...
Oh, never mind, I'll end up just copying the entire list :) Ok, one more:
- Proof by Tautology: it's true because it's true