Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Is there an architect in the house?

Julia Ryan, from my Stevens Architecture and Design class, wants to know how many software system projects use architects. Do you use them in your company?  Does it matter if it is a new or existing project?  Exert some care in your answer, since there arre many companies that provide the title of architect, but use it to mean a variety of tasks.  An architect for the purposes of this discussions matches Fred Brooks notion, that there is a single architect for a project that defines and fosters the conceptual integrity of the product.  Follow the link to get more information on what Brooks means.  We would appreciate your comments.  My development groups, regardless of size use an architect.  Later!

Julia Ryan's post:

Architecture is a fuzzy subject for me.  I think that the fuzziness stems from the fact that I have not been exposed to architecture at work.  I work on large software programs so I am surprised that I haven't seen it.  I wonder if it is because I work on legacy systems?  By legacy I mean, the code was originally developed years ago, and we are currently working on software upgrades (adding/removing functionality, code improvements, etc).  Or is it because Architecture is not yet widely practiced?  I'm curious to see if other organizations employ architects and architecture development on their programs and if they do, to what extent?

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

NKS Talk Wolfram

Attached is an email I received from Wolfram Science advertising talks by Wolfram in the metro area.  If you are interested in this controversial figure it would be a good opportunity.  In an earlier posting I mentioned that you can access the entire text of his book, A New Kind of Science, online.  You can access it here.  If anyone does attend his lecture, please post your impressions as a comment to this page.

I am hopefully going to be posting more actively again.  Later!

We thought you would like to know that Stephen Wolfram will
shortly be giving public lectures in your area.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 6:30 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Philadelphia, PA
Room B1 Meyerson Hall

Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 6:00 p.m.
Princeton University School of Architecture
Princeton, NJ
Jean Labatut Memorial Lecture
McCosh Hall, Room 50

Thursday, February 17, 2005, 6:00 p.m.
Pratt Institute School of Architecture
Brooklyn, NY
Spring Lecture Series
Higgins Hall

Friday, February 18, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Rutgers University / DIMACS
Piscataway, NJ
Busch Campus Center

Dr. Wolfram will discuss new ideas and discoveries from his book
A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE (http://www.wolframscience.com), and their
implications for science, technology, mathematics and the arts.

The lectures are free and open to the public, though space may be