GDPR — The Getting Started

THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS TAKE EFFECT on 29 May of this year. When we hit that deadline, you won’t comply. That’s what a senior lawyer told the audience at an event I attended. What he meant was that businesses generally won’t be able to get the changes done by the time GDPR comes into […]

Distill Your Message for Maximum Strength

NINETEENTH-CENTURY CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS IN CHINA were so difficult that they played an indirect part in the death of more than twenty million people. Hong Xiuquan failed them repeatedly. Finally he had a breakdown, and instead of working for the Qing emperor, he lead the Taiping rebellion. Among the requirements, candidates had to write poetry. […]

New Direction

This blog is waking up as something different. I’ve been doing less coding, spending more time writing marketing copy and working with an early startup which should launch soon. So there’s going to be business as well as technical content, and the view on tech will be from a higher level. I’m glad the old […]

“Design By Document”

I’ve only used this once but it worked perfectly. I was developing a function based on a regulatory document specifying how to build a calendar for regulatory reporting. Normally you take a requirement and translate it in your mind to a convenient “shape” for coding. This is fine for most purposes. I started developing my […]