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Alpha Geek

The term alpha geek, has got most of its currency through a talk and online essay by Tim O'Reilly. In this talk he says that by watching what alpha geeks are doing you get a sense of what the future is like for the technology industry as a whole.

by Martin Fowler

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Law Of Demos

The chances of a demo going wrong are directly proportional to the importance of the audience.

by Martin Fowler

24 Apr 2011

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Unforgiven Contract

At the end of the movie Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood's character needs to break out of town. He announces that if anyone tries to shoot him he'll kill him, then kill his family, and then burn their house down.

by Martin Fowler

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YAaaS

YAaaS: Yet Another as a Service

These days everything seems to need to be "as a service", so we need a meta-term for this linguistic trend. My thanks to my colleague Birgitta Böckeler for coming up with one. So now we can say things like "FaaS is a YAaaS for 'Function'".

by Martin Fowler

16 Jun 2016

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Detestable

(Here's an addition to your dictionary.)

Detestable (adjective): software that isn't testable.

Shu Ha Ri

Shu-Ha-Ri is a way of thinking about how you learn a technique. The name comes from Japanese martial arts (particularly Aikido), and Alistair Cockburn introduced it as a way of thinking about learning techniques and methodologies for software development.

by Martin Fowler

22 Aug 2014

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Wardish

Adjective: a technique, tool, or design idea that is clearly too ludicrously simple to be any good, but when you start using it has a power that belies its simplicity.

by Martin Fowler

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