Ray Houston whatever…

30Jan/110

Big Software Rewrites

It is well known that big software rewrites are often failures. They fail because they always look easier than they really turn out to be. To replace a system that has been around for years is likely to take years to rewrite. Plus you have to add in all that time required to fix new bugs, add the features that were missed, and handle a whole new set of discovered edge cases. While the rewrite is happening, the existing product is not getting the attention it needs. Bug fixing and enhancements stop and customers become frustrated. This can give the competition an advantage. They may gain market share by delivering features customers want and need while you spend two plus years rewriting and stabilizing your product.

If you haven’t already read it, check out “Things You Should Never Do, Part I” by Joel Spolsky from over 10 years ago that is still very relevant.

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30Jan/112

Personal Blog Reboot

I’ve had this site redirected to my Los Techies blog for awhile now. Mainly because I didn’t know what else to do with it. Well today I thought I’d reboot the old blog that was here and try out WordPress for fun. I didn’t bother trying to convert the context because it was mainly garbage and it didn’t seem worth the effort. Installing and configuring WordPress was really easy and even with the first post I already feel much more confortable with it than Community Server.

I still plan to post technical related items to Los Techies, but I plan on using this blog for things that I feel like sharing that may not be software related.

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