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User stories

Wikipedia - User story:

"When the time has come for creating user stories, one of the developers gets together with a customer representative. The customer is responsible for formulating the user stories. The developer may use a series of questions to get the customer going, such as asking if some particular functionality is desired, but must be careful not to dominate the idea creation process."

On extremeprogramming.org: "User Stories are written by the customers as things that the system needs to do for them. They are similar to usage scenarios, except that they are not limited to describing a user interface. They are in the format of about three sentences of text written by the customer in the customers terminology without techno-syntax."

Thu, 28 Jun 2007 23:21:28 +0000

IBM Lotus Connections

IBM Lotus® Connections
  • Profiles - Find the people you need
  • Communities - Work with people who share common interests and expertise
  • Blogs - Present your own ideas, and learn from others
  • Dogear - Save and share bookmarks
  • Activities - Organize your work and tap your professional network"
Thu, 28 Jun 2007 15:12:27 +0000

Resource Description and Classification

Cover Pages - Resource Description and Classification:

"Being a collection of references on matters of Subject Classification, Taxonomies, Ontologies, Indexing, Metadata, Metadata Registries, Controlled Vocabularies, Terminology, Thesauri, Business Semantics. A collection of references and survey based upon links and cribbings from various resources on the Internet."

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 12:32:57 +0000


Tim Bray - mod_atom:

"This is a stripped-down implementation of the server side of the Atom Publishing Protocol as an Apache module, implemented in C."

Wed, 27 Jun 2007 09:59:23 +0000

Tag graphics

37signals Product Blog - Insert "Update" tag graphic in Basecamp posts:

"When you're typing a message/comment, just put "[UPDATE]" in there. [...] Basecamp turns your update text into a little tag graphic."

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 07:32:29 +0000


Sebastian Bergmann - Slides from eZ Conference:


  • Reusable workflow engine component
  • Part of the ez Components - Version 1.0 will be part of the ez Components 2007.1 release
  • Developed as part of my Diploma Thesis"

See also the Tutorial.

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 14:47:41 +0000

Elastic lists

Moritz Stefaner - Elastic lists:

"Elastic lists enhance traditional facet browsing approaches by

  • visualizing relative proportions (weights) of metadata values by size
  • visualizing unusualness of a metadata weight by brightness
  • and animated filtering transitions."

(Via Ryan Eby.)

Mon, 04 Jun 2007 11:17:23 +0000

Verschärfte Vernehmung

Tim Bray - Verschärfte Vernehmung:

"Andrew Sullivan points out prior use of the term “Enhanced Interrogation”, promoted not only by the malevolent thickheads of the Bush administration but by most of the Republican candidates for President; prior use, that is, by the Gestapo. Meanwhile Dick Cheney argues that the Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution are tools for terrorists. [...] In the American context, near as I can tell, at the moment “conservative” means “pro-torture” which means “scum”."

 Andrew Sullivan - "Verschärfte Vernehmung":

"The Nazi defense of the techniques is almost verbatim that of the Bush administration... [...] Freezing prisoners to near-death, repeated beatings, long forced-standing, waterboarding, cold showers in air-conditioned rooms, stress positions [Arrest mit Verschaerfung], withholding of medicine and leaving wounded or sick prisoners alone in cells for days on end - all these have occurred at US detention camps under the command of president George W. Bush. Over a hundred documented deaths have occurred in these interrogation sessions.

[...] What I am reporting is a simple empirical fact: the interrogation methods approved and defended by this president are not new. Many have been used in the past. The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn't-somehow-torture - "enhanced interrogation techniques" - is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death."

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 07:20:57 +0000