Revisiting 64-bit-ness in Visual Studio and elsewhere

[Due to popular interest I also wrote a piece that is “pro” 64 bits here] The topic of 64-bit Visual Studio came up again in a tweet and, as usual, I held my ground on why it is the way it is.  Pretty predictable.  But it’s not really possible to answer questions about your position…

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Pit of Success for Organizations

Many years ago I coined the phrase “Pit of Success” for software. People had used that turn of phrase before to mean landing in a situation where their own success was awful, but that’s not how I meant it.  What I meant was that that state-of-the art software frameworks were too hard to use, too…

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Supporting Women in Computer Science (Part 2)

Last night I wrote about my new scholarship (previous post) Today I have something to ask. I know my subscribers include tons of competent software engineers. I have a request/challenge for you. Especially the men. Will any of you stand with me? All you have to do is this: 1) Do something for a school,…

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Rico Mariani Women in Computer Science Scholarship

Just a few minutes ago I signed my part of the papers to create the Rico Mariani Women in Computer Science scholarship at my alma, the University of Waterloo. I don’t usually put my name on things, especially charitable giving, but in this case it was important to me to not only give the money…

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