After the Code Freeze. What Next?!

I’ve been asked numerous times to share my thoughts on the best activities for developers to do after a code freeze. So, here goes. When I first came up with my little list, I applied a few simple guidelines. Would an activity… harm or disrupt the current iteration; negatively affect planning or future iterations; be easy to halt or postpone if necessary; provide value to the team, the process, or the business?

Hello World!

In my simple little world it’s customary to begin every new endeavor with a “Hello world!” example. Who am I to disappoint?! I did a little digging on the history of “Hello world!”, to satisfy my own curiosity. It seems as if my example isn’t picture perfect. That’s fine. It’ll serve its purpose.

Where are they now?!

This was originally posted on inkspeak.com as part of my very first blog. Resurrecting here as a means of archiving/remembering the past. If you ever wanted to kill a bunch of time, buy Blizzard’s award winning game, Diablo II. It’ll suck your brain out through your nose and keep it neatly stored in a vase next to your computer. Or it may simply eat your brain, leaving you useless. This is not an endorsement of brain eating.

Do you believe in magic?

This was originally posted on inkspeak.com as part of my very first blog. Resurrecting here as a means of archiving/remembering the past. Today I went to Thrift Town. As always, it was interesting. I scored a copy of Public Enemy’s”Fear of a Black Planet” (LP), Dave Brubeck’s”Time Out” (original 6 eye stereo, NM LP), a math book for my brother, and an old photo album. The records are cool, but the photo album had a secret surprise inside.

Green Day vs. Blink 182

This was originally posted on inkspeak.com as part of my very first blog. Resurrecting here as a means of archiving/remembering the past. Saturday night, 4/27/02, T, J, D, and I went to the Green Day/Blink 182 concert at the Shoreline Ampitheatre. We sat in the grass and screamed at the big screen! [editors note: Jimmy Eat World opened, followed by Green Day and finally Blink 182] The intermissions were filled with Jimmy Connors’ evil step-children, escaped inmates rolling down the hills, wrestling matches, and scads of teenagers sporting Atticus wear.