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What A Change! 
Want a REAL change for our country? Then forget the "alpha male" scandals, ego, spin, and deficit spending of the last 20 years and check this out:

"Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri.

His wife had inherited the house from her mother and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There were no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois )

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

How refreshing!"

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UML, MDA, & Code... Oh My! 
From yet another LinkedIn discussion:


It seems that the more companies try to turn software development into a mere assembly-line process, the faster their software falls apart. While code generators can indeed pump out that software, I have discovered that there is ever an art to using them -- let alone tweaking and / or maintaining the artifacts they create!


Even before the advent of MDA, as we watched the never-ending horde of newbee code-bangers overrun the decks of enterprise software development, most were not surprised to see the perpetual fire fighting (let alone legal nightmares) that many a self-depricating, cut-and-paste-folly, created.

Cost, Qualty, & Time: Pick 2?

So it goes within the MDA camp today: Today more than ever, the "fast" and "cheap" selection of the classic "pick two" dilemma never seems to produce that multi-generational "COBOL" -type of rock-solid longevity. Add to this observation the vendor-lock that MDA tools always seem to slip into their products, and you will clearly see that the lack of a level playing-field between MDA, (let alone BPEL and SOA!) -products virtually ensures that the future of your software remains out of your control. -Over time, and in one way or another, today more than ever most have come to appreciate that software development remains an art form... one that few ever seem to master!


But certainly the advent of an object-oriented, or (arguably) a "noun verb" way developing software, as enforced by many MDA tools, can improve the way a ''code-monkey'' thinks. Yet it is time alone that teaches anyone that software quality and longevity are more about good processes, proper domain analysis, and patterns, than mere tool selection and code generation!

In short, the process of turning mere "knowledge" into wisdom is something that NO tool " MDA or otherwise - has been able to deliver to date. Today as always, a fool with a tool is still a fool.

Whet Work...

Yet when we first arrive into this world, such fools we all be! -But even well after we all learn not to wet ourselves in public, I believe no mater what tool set you choose to clothe yourself in, that rock-solid, professional software development takes time " and talent!

So is MDA a threat? --Not if you fully embrace it. In software development as everywhere else, one truly tends to get only what one pays for. -There will always be plenty of room at the top!

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Attention Open Source Authors: If you have not been keeping up with the latest motivation behind the GNU General Public License (GPL 3), then you might want to tune-in to the current debate, as sparked by TiVo's success.

Having supported Richard's movement in code, prose, and affection since I wrote about Mr. Stallman (via The Fortworth Star Telegram's STARTEXT system) decades ago, I believe that the sentiments of Linus Torvalds are presently more in keeping with the problems targeted by the original GNU Manifesto.

Decide for yourself:



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