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posted 28 Nov 2008, 18:59 by S V Ramu   [ updated 29 Nov 2008, 02:48 ]
Axioms of Software Business [Read this article] Axioms of Governance

Like many of you, I'm forever intrigued by the goal of creating software, which is on-time and within budget. Even while saying these words I realize the ridiculous impossibility of this task. But I'm desperate enough to try finding some sense in it, as I realize that I'm almost immobilized without it. What is the use of the standards like SEI-CMM, ISO etc. in measuring a company's stature?...

How can the Employer be sure that their wards will not return back in the last hour saying that they have not understood the assignment? How can programmers be sure that their managers will not victimize for not doing something which they have not been asked for? What is the difference between the role of an application architect and a project manager?...

...I fully well recognize the forces of the need-of-an-hour, that is why I don't want infallible laws, since there isn't any (any law is fallible), but only strong invariants that are worth pondering. My current theories could be completely wrong, but whatever emerges newly, should be hastened by this current one. I think, this is the force that drives us all in finding some non-insane calm ways to go about this enigma called Software Development.

TATTVUM pointer Why JMX? [Read this article] [Read this scenario] Why JMX?

A device is a nice simile for a JMX enabled resource. Of course even an application could be one (JBoss is the foremost example). A managed resource is provided an interface by JMX. All resources to be managed are abstracted as Attributes (indicators? maybe a modifiable indicator), Operations (Controls), Notifications (output signals), and some Descriptors. Also Constructors.

In a sense, JMX is just a glorified and abstracted Reflection. Where Attributes are like Variables, Operations are like Methods/Procedures, Notifications are like Events, and Descriptors are just Name-Value pairs. The resource that is willing to be managed, exposes a set of Attributes, Operations and Notifications, to a central server, and thus being transparent to the managing applications, otherwise.

TATTVUM Mailing Model [About us]

We maintain three group mails,
  • TATTVUM-Announce@yahoogroups.com
    This is a newsletter group, your replies will go direct to the owner. We intend to keep this a very low traffic group, for occasional important notifications to the community.
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    This is a traditional group, for discussion between members. This could be bit heavy in traffic. If you would like to shape TATTVUM's future, please join this group and participate with your valuable inputs.
  • TATTVUM-Feedback@yahoogroups.com
    Anybody can post to this group, even non-members. So, if you would like to comment or contribute articles, but do not wish to be a member of a more serious forum like TATTVUM-Discuss, please do feel free to drop in your criticism and suggestion to this email id. Article Contributers could lurk here to get the feedback for their articles, first hand.

TATTVUM: TAT='That' + TVUM='You' [About us]

Few of our friends inquired what TATTVUM means. We are happy to share it with you all. TATTVUM is one of those Vedic Sanskrit words that have been adopted into Tamil with minor syntactic abridgment and different but equally respectful connotation. In Sanskrit its full form is TAT TVUM ASI, which translates to That You are. This sentence is very respected and famous in Vedic literature, and is in fact one of the five famous such phrases, and succinct of all. This assertion has been interpreted into various meanings. While starting the company, we were encouraged by the fatalistic but very optimistic philosophy of Advita, and hence the name. In Tamil it means A deep thought.

The Articles: What is it for?

Few of our well-wishing reviewers have suggested that we should focus more on 'What' and 'How' of the topics that we post here. Very valid suggestion indeed. Unfortunately, that takes too much work from us for it to be useful to others, without being a carbon copy of other sources in the web. We feel that the web is the ultimate medium of reusability, and we do not want to do injustice to those great links that we use as references, by recasting it literally. There are many authors who have done pioneering work in the topics we choose to comment upon. We can neither match their clarity nor their pioneering study, without copying their content greatly. This is indecent copyright violation, and pointless. Of course, if we can, or if you could and are willing, this site would definitely be a patron of such original and lucid articles.

Our unique intention and strength lies in putting all these modern modularity concepts into an unified proven whole. These articles are steps in that direction. We believe, before standardizing on something, we should survey the existing understanding and then concretize on the best. These articles, as far as possible, try to emphasize the 'Why' angle of the concepts. Of course, we do try to give a brief summary in concise terms, and also the list of web links that we have enjoyed and have been greatly benefited by.

We hope the discerning readers would understand and appreciate this way of thinking, and we intend to mature in that direction. We are not at all worried, if after trying our site people flock to other worthy sites. We are in fact happy about that. Our intention is to motivate more original thinking. All said, we do understand, that drabness of language, content and form, is never acceptable and we will be grateful to your suggestions in that direction. Wishing a long and profitable association.

TATTVUM Editoral, 2002 February