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I’ve been asked recently why I talk about "tangles" rather than "cycles" in the context of cyclic dependencies. The reason is clear when you look at a graph that contains a "strongly connected component" (a tangle):   This graph contains a single tangle of 3 nodes, but many cycles. tiles – xmlDefinition – tiles is… Read more »

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Keith Donald reports that Spring’s architecture contains not a single dependency cycle. I’ve looked at the structure of many open source projects and generally found them riddled with dependency tangles (junit is an exception – perhaps unsurprising given its small size). So I loaded Spring into structure101 (structure101.com) for a closer look. And sure enough,… Read more »

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This is for Paddy and Paul who are having trouble with the principle of design “emergence” and didn’t really get my blog on Eschers “Hands”.¬† Luckily Escher also predicted other software design processes. Guys, do either of these feel more like your projects? ūüėČ (Apologies to the late Maurits Conelis – I cropped the image… Read more »

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Kevin Kelly gave a talk to the Long Now Foundation called “The Next 100 Years of Science: Long-term Trends in the Scientific Method”. He talks about recursion and emergence from complexity and mentioned Escher’s “Drawing Hands”. Is this the perfect metaphor for the continuous control of emergent design or what?!

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If you like a heavy dose of “context” check out the seminars from the Long Now Foundation. I just returned from an extremely enjoyable 2 week vacation in Nerja in the south of Spain (thanks Joe for the recommendation). But as a complete talk-radio addict, I was more than a tad concerned before I departed… Read more »

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James Carr is back blogging after a year’s absence and writes that we don’t use UML in XP. No big surprise that Agile developers get about as close to Big Design Up Front as my teenage kids got the Eagles concert in Dublin this weekend (about 110 miles).¬† Hell, I worked for mil/aero companies for… Read more »

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I attended an interesting talk on Knot Theory yesterday by Professor Tim Porter from the University of Wales. Dr. Michael Brennan Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) got me interested in Knot Theory some time back – I keep thinking there is something in this field that can help with un-tangling software dependencies.¬† Well, either way,… Read more »