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We went live this weekend

The system I’ve been working on for almost a year went live this weekend. Hooray!

We had a few changes to make on Monday, which we turned around within the day, and since then (touch wood) no show-stoppers. The changes have mainly been to do with discovering effects on downstream systems that we haven’t been able to spend enough time with. The really hard part about Enterprise Systems is finding the _end_ in “end-to-end”.

We had to shed some ballast to make the date, but it works, is sufficient, is covered by unit and FIT tests, and we’re already working on enhancements. We got there without last-minute crises or desperate hacking.

Perhaps this XP stuff can get a bit dull sometimes…


  1. John Nolan says:

    Is TS Elliot’s “The Hollow Men” a poem for your project?

    We are the hollow men
    We are the stuffed
    filled with straw. Alas!
    Our dried voices, when
    We whisper together
    Are quiet and meaningless
    This is how the world ends
    Not with a bang, but with a whimper


    Another poetic thought from a man at a fairground on the ends of an Enterprise system: “Round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows”

  2. Steve Freeman says:

    I always like John Cooper Clark’s version, talking about our fast-food way of life:

    This is how the world ends
    Not with a bang, but with a Wimpy

    (for non-UK readers, Wimpy is a burger chain)

  3. Andy Mulhearn says:

    Adrenalin junkie 🙂

  4. Andy Mulhearn says:

    Adrenalin junkie 🙂