Category Archives: Hype

An undiscovered discipline

While googling for a good edition of Menard’s “Quixote”, I found a bunch of obscure research publications dealing with studies of Software-Engineering-Research Engineering –that is, these people study those of us who, in turn, study software engineering. It’s fascinating to … Continue reading


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xkcd’s map of online communities

This map from webcomic xkcd is absolutely cool: Among my favourite bits: The sunken island of Usenet, the small “Attractive MySpace Pages” peninsula in proportion to the huge MySpace kingdom, and how the Bay of Angst shores on Xanga and … Continue reading

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One more link to the Web 2.0 video

Since I was underwater for the past couple of weeks, I barely had a chance to write about this video. It’s now been linked to by practically every blog on the planet but mine. In case you haven’t seen it, … Continue reading

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What’s in a word – Agile

Our choice of words says a lot about how we see the world. Sometimes inadvertently, we label things so that our beliefs are portrayed with a positive light. The abortion debates, for example, are between pro-life and pro-choice groups (and … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 and the Grunge Hoax Victims

I just had to post about Joey de Villa’s great spoof on Kathy Sierra’s graphics. The short story: in her fine Creating Passionate Users blog, Kathy Sierra inexplicably tries to argue that Web 2.0 is not a buzzword, but jargon. … Continue reading

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Cheap shots at the Gartner Hype Curve

The Gartner Hype curve, or Hype cycle, summarizes the visibility and the maturity of currently hot technologies and forecasts the productivity they will have. At both of the workshops in CASCON that I went to, presenters showed us the most … Continue reading

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