Week-end bits and bytes...
I was browsing Laurent Schneider's blog and he pointed me to co.mments - a way to monitor comments left on blogs, even if the blog does not support such a thing (like blogger doesn't). Looks very promising, that would always drive me crazy - when I left a comment, I'd usually want to see what others had to say about it later. This will let me do that easily now.
I don't read Joel on Software often, but this entry on measuring "software productivity" popped up and caught my attention. I know exactly what he means about "scamming the system". I was talking with a friend recently who works in an organization where metric based performance is practiced. The "best of the best" in the organization is chosen not by who sells the most, who delivers the best value, who is really good - but rather by who did the most "checklist items". The goal was to make performance management "entirely objective" - make some things worth "points" (like Joel talking about 'function points'). The end result - the best performers end at the bottom of this measurement process and the ones that do not contribute to much at the top. Wrong way to measure.
This slashdot thread caught my attention too (warning, 'strong' language is used). I do not agree with every sentiment expressed there (and the language wasn't really necessary to make the point) - but the gist I do agree with. That language/framework is really complex, too complex for many things.
And lastly, a nice peek at XML.