Edinburgh Festival Fringe – The Odd Couple

Went to see The Odd Couple yesterday, mainly because Bill Bailey and Alan Davies were in it, and I’m off work on my holidays at the moment.

And it was good, a production based on the original Broadway script, and being shown at the Scottish Assembly Hall on the mound. Bill Bailey’s american accent was better than Davies, but I think Alan Davies has that kind of voice. And it was a laugh, Oscar (Bill Bailey) has all the good oneliners, that are as funny and fresh as they were originally.

And I spotted Dylan Moran buying tickets and going to the show too, I’d forgotten than fun part of the Edinburgh scene at that time of year, spotting the various people in crowds and queues.

Bill Bailey is also doing a punk tribute band thing called Beergut 100, somewhere in Bristo square.

Scottish Exam Results incoming

Being in a house with teenagers resident, we have the joys of exam results winging their way from the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

I found their recently technological advancement quite ironic. A few weeks back, they quantified the number of students likely to fail as a result of being caught with their mobiles during exams.Mobile phones should not be in the exam room, fair point.

Then later we have press coverage on their technology pilot to text exam results to pupils.

Young people being what they are these days have their mobiles with them all the time, which means they are a great way of receiving information quickly. Which I guess is why the SQA, with their open government initiatives and accessible efforts will want to pursue this at a greater scope than a pilot.

Take the two stories together and I draw a little amusement from the apparent contradiction. I applaud the idea, I just hope they haven’t failed any of the volunteers on the pilot for having their mobiles with them.

Undocumented interfaces, legacy code, rant

Not my rant, but Spences. Check out post 1 and post 2 for the latest.

I have my sympathies with him here. Having worked for Microsoft Partner orgs, I’ve worked with a lot of devs that start each project by unrolling the current copy of Visual Studio, SQL Server, a bit of IIS and go from there. They might reuse components between projects, you know the components – they are called ADO.

Show some of them an application server and fine, they’ll install it and the documentation set. Then they notice SQL Server as a prerequisite, then they fire up enterprise manager and go straight to the stored procedures. On a bad day they hit the tables direct. On another bad day they fix the stored procs.

MCMS, Commerce Server, Sharepoint they all get it. I guess SMS doesn’t because devs don’t get near that sort of stuff.

Spence calls them codeheads and I agree, I grew away from this early on when I was in application development. Frankly I got fed up taking all the support calls when I was on my new project and the old stuff was hanging around. A bit like kev’s closing comment in Spence’s second post.