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Tom Gagne
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Been thinking about the 22nd amendment and term limits. True, voting is its own term limiter, but the 22nd amendment was a guard against presidential power and abuse.

Should it apply to state and state-wide elected positions? Can more local politicians afford the interruption to their incomes? Should public office require candidates to sacrifice income, or should they be financially secure before running for office so that their terms are truly a public service rather than a career path?

Just thinking out loud.
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Inside-out design : Parts I and II
The topic of bottom-up vs. top-down design has accumulated a lot of baggage since both descriptions of system design were first introduced (1970s). Both are perhaps well understood, or many may assume they understand both. This series of articles introduces...
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[this article was originally written in 1997]  Have you ever read something over and over again you know is false but worry if people keep repeating it will become fact? To dictators its called propaganda. Marketing and sales people call it, "Believing your...
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If it's not in Bugzilla, it doesn't exist
There are many ways to manage projects. Just because I understand time estimates are important doesn't mean I have to like or believe them.   An alternative to time-lines and resources estimates is to manage development, enhancements and fixes with little m...
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The next big thing
Joel Spolsky is the president of  Fogg Creek Software  and frequent commentator on the software development industry. His latest article,  Architecture Astronauts , criticizes Microsoft's continued re-invention of something no one seems to want.  Read Joel'...
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Bad Idea : Outsourcing Intellectual Property
A familiar echo A colleague of mine has a theory why Vista requires 2GB of RAM and a late-model CPU to run satisfactorily. He believes this is likely the first edition of Microsoft's flagship operating system primarily developed in India rather than Redmond...
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Databases as Objects: My schema is a class
In  my previous article  I wrote that the database is the biggest object in my system. If that is the case, I should be able to test the concept against the Gang of Four's Design Patterns to see how the idea holds up.  But before doing that I need to define...
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I remember my first time...
A recent ACM Queue Advice Column by Kode Vicious, called  Advice to a Newbie , asked: Do you remember the first time? The first time when, after struggling with a piece of code, you felt not only "I can do this!" but also "I love doing this!" I still rememb...
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The database is the biggest object in my system
After posting a link to my  The TOA of Tom  a couple interesting discussions occurred inside comp.object. While responding to Bryce Jacobs, a better way of describing what we're doing came to me. It's buried in:  In fact, after inspecting multiple C APIs fo...
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Transaction Oriented Architecture (aka The TOA of Tom)
I know, I know. It's spelled T-A-O.   I'm willing to go out on a limb and say most new programming in the last 15 years has used object-oriented languages and relational databases. I hear complaints already. True, there are exceptions, but however big you t...
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