The Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile Development Software Methods

Agile development software methods have certainly been the hype for software developers everywhere since 2001. There are so many different kinds of agile methods available that it’s a bit of a challenge to choose the right one for your project. The simplest way to find out would be to read up on the pros and cons of each of the three most popular methodologies, and figure out which one suits you and your project best.

1) Scrum

Developed by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, this method involves one or more small teams (composed of a ScrumMaster, a Product Owner, and a development team) that work together to complete a project based on a list of tasks that are arranged according to priority. They do this by dividing the list into shorter ones that will be completed within a “sprint”, or a set period of development that lasts from 2-4 weeks. While this is one of the most popular agile development software methods because of its simplicity, the problem with it is that most programmers find it necessary to integrate other methodologies to cover for additional practices that fall outside of agile scrum.

2) Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

DSDM is an agile method that has multiple variations, but the most recent and popular version of it is the DSDM Atern method. This method focuses primarily on projects that have tight schedules and budgets, and adheres to eight main principles:

• Focus on what the business needs

• Deliver work on time

• Collaborate effectively

• Never, ever compromise quality

• Build the project incrementally using solid foundations

• Develop the project iteratively

• Continuously communicate with clarity

• Demonstrate control

Because of its strictness and eight principles, the main problem with DSDM Atern is that it can be restrictive and difficult to work with compared to other agile development software methods.

3) Extreme Programming (XP)

XP, developed by Kent Beck, is a methodology is somewhat similar to Scrum in that it “timeboxes” or uses short development cycles throughout the entire process. This helps reduce costs compared to having one lengthy process, and helps keep the project dynamic and adaptable. This method makes use of four activities:

• Coding – where the program or software is actually coded

• Testing – where the product created through Coding is tested

• Listening – where the developers listen to the needs and suggestions that the clients or customers point out after Testing

• Designing – where developers organize and design the system’s logic based on their experiences from the first three activities

This agile development software method is popular for its more laid back and non-restrictive method, but is highly criticized for its lack of a solid structure since everything is mostly done on-the-fly without any prior planning.

Based on the pros and cons listed above, you probably have a good idea which method to go for now. If you want something done in a more disciplined fashion while still adhering to the …

Where is God?

Where is God? This is the question most often heard when things are not going right in our lives or we hear of senseless fatalities or extreme unjustices. But I pose this question today because I can not find Him in ways that I could when I was growing up.

We live in a world that has misplaced God and we are not sure where to pinpoint the blame. Most baby-boomers remember when there were laws that businesses could not open on Sunday. Of course, those laws have long since been repealed. Then businesses began opening around one in the afternoon, leaving time for their employees to worship if they pleased. That option, for the most part, no longer exists. In many metropolitan areas, stores are beginning to make no distinction between Sunday and the rest of the week.

I also remember the time when most TV stations carried at least a Sunday morning worship hour at their own expense. The FCC required public service programming and some of that was devoted to religious programming. But, it too has evaporated into the cloud of what once was.

The content of most TV programs noticeably omits any scenes of church attendance, gospel songs, sacred book reading or any facsimile. If religion is mentioned at all it is usually sarcastic or as a joke. In one episode of the Simpson's, Bart is asked to say grace and he says, "Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing." Certainly, this is symbolic of the attitude of America's media toward religion today.

I can appreciate the fact that we live in a pluralistic society where we must respect the rights of those who do not serve the same God we do, but must God be a stranger in His own land? It is mind boggling that we have not at least learned from USSR that when you kill off God, you also kill off a society's values. People can not live by bread alone. Someone said and I agree, "It was not socialism that destroyed the Soviet Union, it was the absence of God."

Several years ago during the Christmas season, the city of Wauconda, Illinois had 2 large crosses illuminated on the water towers. This was a 43 year Christmas time tradition. One day, the council received a threat of legal suit on the grounds of separation of church and state; so they begrudgingly took them down. But the people of Wauconda were infuriated and took the matter into their own hands. They had the right to put up whatever they wanted on their own property, so all over that little community of approximately 6500 residents, they put up crosses, nativity scenes, stars and lights. Wauconda, Illinois never dazzled like it did that Christmas. It is said that you could see the city from the interstate freeway almost 100 miles away. All night it was as bright as day because the people decided to turn on the lights. …

Mass Media In Panama With Varied Programming

Foreigners and nationalities can be informed, entertained and documented through the mass communication that exists in Panama. The great majority of the mass media provides complete information, making it easy for tourists to stay in our country. If you would like to read the newspaper, a magazine, watch television, listen to the radio or simply access Panamanian web pages.

Printed Media, the tourists favorites

Panamanian printed media are by excellence one of the tourist's favorite means of communication. In this classification we can mention daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and the general information magazines. Printed media can be located by the elites to be informed as well as to inform. In Panama you can acquire these written media at pharmacies, supermarkets, grocers, newsstands and some banks.

This tropical country currently has the following newspapers: La Prensa (The Press), La Critica (The Critic), El Panama America, Mi Diario (My Diary), Dia a Dia (Day to Day), La Estrella de Panama of Panama), El Siglo (The Century), La Cronica (The Chronicle), Noti News and Panama News in English. When it comes to the most liked magazines we have Ellas (women), Panama Travel (tourism), Maga and Talingo (cultural type magazines).

The sensation of television

Television is one of the most liked mass media to be transmitted at a distance image in movements and sounds. The television channels in Panama offer an ample programming which includes entertainment (adult and children), news and educational programs. Among the main television channels we have:

o TVN – Channel 2: Televisor Nacional, includes varied programming. It has been ranked as the number one channel in popular acceptance. It has national production programs such as Vive la Musica ("Live the Music" American Idol type show), Hecho en Panama (Made in Panama), Ellas y Tu (The Girls and You) among others. While presenting novellas with a great number of viewers.
o Telemetro Panama: Offers a varied programming for adults and children. With regards to national production the favorites are Bailando por un Sueño (Dancing with the Stars), Buscando a Pepito (Looking for Little Johnny), Cuna de Acordiones (Crib of Accordions), Lo + Chic (The Most Chic), Selecta Magazine ( Select Magazine), to name a few.
o Tele 7: A channel exclusively for children and adolescents. With cartoons, series, novellas and a strong national programming where programs such as el Colegial (The Schoolbus), Parkeando (Hanging Out), La Torre de los Sueños (The Tower of Dreams) and many more stand out.
o TV Max, Channel 9: The number one sports channel on Panamanian territory. Offers sports programming with great acceptance on behalf of foreigners as well as the nationals.
o RPC, Channel 4: this channel possesses a different programming with movies and series to delight the viewing public. It is worth mentioning that shows like Puro Deporte (All Sports) as well as Noticias y Mas (News and More) have received good acceptance on behalf of the viewers.
o SERTV, Channel 11: an educational channel, presents programming focused on knowing the cultural history of …

Earning Money Online Without A Website

Many people are interested in earning money online but don’t want to go to the hassle and expense of building a site.

They visit forums and ask “How do I earn money without a website?”

The answer is that there are a number of ways to do this, but the results are always even better if you add your own website into the mix.

Let’s discuss why, then look at some potentially very profitable businesses you could launch without a website incase you’re still not convinced.

Without a website you’ll lose out on a number of very profitable revenue streams:

1) Branding – when you have a website you have a “central hub” of your business and customers soon get to know your domain name and hence exactly where they can find you. When I want to buy a book I don’t search for it in Google, I go straight to Amazon. Without their website they’d lose my business.

You can also list your website address on letterheads, on business cards, in articles, in directories and so on so others can quickly learn where to find you.

2) Free Traffic – without your own website it’s far harder to generate free traffic from the search engines and missing out on hundreds or even thousands of potential leads each day is like throwing money down the drain. It’s how I make 90%+ of my monthly income and I wouldn’t be without it for the world.

3) Leverage – when you have your own website you see both repeat visitors and can leverage it by setting up your own affiliate program to draw even more visitors to it. Both of these are difficult to impossible without your own website.

4) Lead Generation – by setting up your own mailing list you can repeatedly market to the same leads and so increase the lifetime value of your leads – and make your marketing more cost-effective.

The easiest way to go about this is to set up a form on your website so people can sign up for newsletters, special offers, product updates etc. from you and this can rapidly build a list of thousands of interested people.

The other way is that the shopping cart you use on your ecommerce website can record the details of everyone who buys from you so you can market to them again in the future.

Having your own mailing list is like being able to make cash on demand. Any time you need extra money you just fire out a message to your list and wait for the sales to come in.

It’s the closest thing to having a perfect business that there is.

5) Contextual Advertising – many webmasters with their own sites earn even more money each month by adding contextual advertising – such as AdSense – to their sites. However this advertising can only be placed on websites you own. None of the “website-free” businesses discussed below will allow you to indulge in this …

DirecTV Satellite System

DirecTV is one of the largest satellite TV companies in the world today that offers lucrative deals to subscribers. With a guarantee to deliver the best value in entertainment, DirecTV has special programming packages to suit every entertainment style and boasts of being number one in customer satisfaction for six years now.

Ultimate entertainment experience in the comfort of your home is what DirecTV aims to provide that, subscribers can choose from its varied packages that contain from 50 channels to more than 250 channels with more variety than cable TV service. It offers the best sports programs, movies, children's programs, local and national programs, news, weather and a whole lot more for your viewing pleasure.

Features

High quality sight and sound and 100 percent digital programming just like what you get in the theaters are what DirecTV satellite system guarantees. Its basic system with access to more than 225 channels provides free equipment for up to four rooms and round-the-clock customer service.

With the DVR system included in its packages, subscribers can now record and store more than 70 hours (basic package) of TV entertainment. So if you miss some of your favorite shows, you can quickly watch it again and again anytime you want. Meanwhile, the DVR system for the high definition (HD) package can store over 30 hours of HD programming and more than 200 hours of standard programming.

DirecTV offers special deals such as free HBO, Cinemax or Showtime for three months. You can get many savings from this satellite system as you no longer need to buy new equipment plus no start-up costs, free standard installation and 100 percent digital picture and sound. Compared to other satellite and cable providers, DirecTV has a higher customer satisfaction rating. In addition, you also have a choice to get free DirecTV Plus DVR or HD satellite receiver upgrade.

Packages

DirecTV's Premier Package is meant for people who love movies and sports. It provides 250 plus channels including HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and Sports Pack, local channels, 31 premium movie channels and more than 30 specialty and regional sports networks. The DVR service is another plus which means you can schedule, record, play and pause your favorite shows whenever and wherever you want. The movie channels here feature Hollywood's biggest hits, classic and independent films, original movies and series. And for one whole year, you also get to avail of the DirecTV protection plan.

The Plus Package is the most popular entertainment deal that offers more than 185 channels of movies, sports, music, specialty, family and local programming. Subscribers also get to have HBO, Showtime and Cinemax free for three months to let you enjoy the biggest hits of Hollywood, award-winning original shows and exclusive sports events. The DVR service is also included in this package.

The DirecTV Plus HD (High Definition) Package provides more than 195 channels of movies, sports, music, family and local programming and all HD channels. The HBO, Showtime and Cinemax channels will also be …

Create Your Own Web Site – 5 Rules You Must Know

If you're just getting started in learning a little HTML and making your own web pages, I have some great news for you – the learning curve might seem incredibly steep, but it levels out pretty quickly.

To help you get to the point where it does not seem impossible, I'm going to share with you 5 rules of web site creation that will make things seem much easier.

Rule # 1: Do not Get Overwhelmed

That's the first rule of learning to make your own site. Not only are you learning a new software tool (something like KompoZer, Dreamweaver, etc.), but you're learning a new "markup language" called HTML and probably messing around with something called CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

You have reason to freak out! But the good news is this is not a race. You have permission to take your time and soak it in a little at a time. Now that you know being overwhelmed is normal, you do not have to pay it much mind.

Rule # 2: Do not Be Afraid Of A First Draft

Not everything you create is going to be "world class" right off the bat. While it would be cool if we never needed to "dink around," it's not reasonable to think that's the norm.

Just like a writer creates a first draft, and then goes back many times to change things, so will you as a web page builder.

Do not be afraid to rip out a whole section if it did not turn out the way you planned – that's not a bad thing. While you may have more work to do before you find "perfection," you've just added to your "knowledge-base" – which means you're getting better …

… and faster.

There are many things you do now that take thought – that later will be done while you're thinking of other things, talking with your spouse, and watching the local news on TV!

Rule # 3: Reuse and Recycle Your Code

This is probably the largest secret to increasing your productivity as a web page maker. Long before "being green" became a trend, designers and programmers were already big fans of reuse and recycle.

Once you've created one web page, there's no sense in starting from scratch every time.

The navigation bar you created for one site can be copied to the new site. Tweak the colors or font style to match the new color scheme and voila, you have a new navigation bar with almost no work.

If you create a table structure that shows content on the left and buttons on the right, you can reuse that table in any page – just change the content to match the new site.

As you build more and more web pages you're going to end up with a massive amount of HTML and CSS code you can reuse.

When you start a new project you'll be able to pick and choose from your existing code and …

Direct TV Offers Programming Packages For Every Taste And Any Budget

Satellite TV is the future of home entertainment and Direct TV is leading the way with the best programming packages, latest technology, and cutting edge customer service. It used to be that if you wanted satellite television you had to have a small fortune set aside for your entertainment budget and be willing to allow part of your yard to look like NASA mission control. Now Direct TV has program packages for every budget and will help you get and install the equipment you need to watch it. And thanks to smaller unobtrusive satellite dishes, you can even have your yard back.

Direct TV offers programming packages for every taste and any budget. The economical Family Choice package comes with over forty channels, including your local programming, kids channels and general family entertainment channels. The entry level Total Choice package comes with 155 channels which range the gambit from music videos, education, sports, news, and religion to home shopping and include XM satellite radio channels for digital quality music. The Total Choice Premier package offers a whopping 250 channels which include HBO, a plethora of Starz and Showtime Channels, cinemax, and multiple sports channels. High Definition Television (HDTV) channels, seasonal sports subscriptions, adult programming, and Spanish language programming can be added to any package. For the television connoisseur who has to have the best of everything there’s Direct TV Titanium which provides up to ten of the most technologically advanced receivers, every kind of programming you could possibly want including Pay Per View at no additional cost, a subscription to Direct TV’s magazine, and personalized concierge customer service.

The technology that Direct TV provides and the convenience that it brings are as impressive as the programming. Every Direct TV receiver is capable of displaying an on screen program guide which not only shows you what’s on every channel right now, but what will be on over the next few hours. It also allows you to bookmark future programs to make them easier to find and allows each family member to store profiles of the channels he or she is most interested in.

Another convenient technology that that Direct TV offers a as an upgrade is the Digital Video Recorder (or DVR for short). Digital Video Recording does all of the things that your old fashioned and now obsolete VCR used to do, only without the cassettes and unintuitive programming. A Digital Video Recorder can record a program while you watch a different one or record your favorite show when you’re not at home, but it can also be programmed to record an entire season of your favorite show. A DVR can hold up to 100 hours of programming, and best of all the fact that it’s fully integrated with the on screen program guide takes the guess work out of using it. Digital video recording revolutionizes the way you can watch television in real time too. The Directv DVR allows you to pause live programming so you won’t miss that …

Satellite TV Deals From Direct TV

With the availability of increased internet information on digital satellite television services there follows a natural confusion when making a choice for your needs. Recent price increases with cable television providers narrow the choices for Americans to either Direct TV or Dish Network. Direct TV and Dish Network provide millions of subscribers with the best quality digital television services and programming at comparable prices. Are you ready to compare and make the best selection for you and your family?

The best way to determine needs is to focus on personal preferences and interests. What do you enjoy the most: sports, movies, action thrillers, children and family programs, international programs, or sexy and romantic movies? These two providers offer popular programming of interest to every member of the family. Avid sports fans prefer Direct TV with its many channels of popular and seasonal sports programming and additional Specialty sports packages. Crystal-clear imaging accompanied by CD quality or Dolby Surround sound provide the perfect setting for an enjoyable afternoon of sports action with friends and family. All the favorites are available on a lineup of channels that is seemingly limitless. Comparisons of both providers reveal that the best offer is by Direct TV as their offer and programming contains more sports and family-oriented programming than Dish Network. Click on Direct TV now for a look at the diverse programming offered.

In addition to providing the best in quality programming and services, Direct TV offers free equipment with professional installation in addition to a free gift of a Digtall Video Recorder (DVR). 100 percent digital signals deliver excellence in home entertainment via satellite directly to the home-attached antennae where it is relayed through an integrated receiver and encoded in either standard or high definition resolution for projection onto the TV screen. High definition is the ultimate in viewing and provides a theater-like presentation of favorites with the ultimate in sound clarity. The DVR enhances home entertainment as it allows one to digitally record and store favorites (up to 70 hours of programming) for viewing at a later time. The slim universal remote features commands with which one may create libraries of favorite movies, sports programs, and music. It also features a Parental Control that lets one block unsuitable programming from being viewed. Live programming may be stopped and resumed at will without losing a second of action, and instant replays may be created for enjoyment over and over again. Is there a program you want to watch but only know the actor, title, or a keyword? The DVR will locate and record the program for convenience viewing.

Offers simply don’t get any better. Click on Direct TV now for details on packages, prices, order and installation information. Competition means lower, comparable prices and freebies. J. D. Power and Associates top rating in customer service is an assurance of receiving courteous and prompt answers to questions in addition to delivery and installation of all equipment. It is a winning situation for the subscriber as …

Music Lulling You to Sleep

There are nights when as much as we want to drift off to sleep, we can’t. It is said that slow and soft music can put individuals to sleep. Nothing tops the list better than New Age music.

When talking about New Age music, artists who normally come to mind are Enya, Loreena McKennit and Clannad. Aside from these three Irish talents, there are other New Age articles making music who deserve to get an insomniac’s attention, rather listening ears.

If you are one of the people having trouble sleeping, then you can resort to other kinds of music aside from New Age. Here are some suggestions.

1. Theta Meditation

Meditation can not only reduce a person’s stress, it can also increase his health and assist him in achieving a certain sense of balance and calmness. Recently conducted studies indicate that the states of meditation produce a vast amount of Theta brainwaves frequency.

These pulses are embedded in the music therefore activating the person’s brainwaves resulting to a rejuvenating and restful meditation. If you go to music stores, surprisingly they have CDS for Theta Meditation.

2. Ambient Music

These are mostly background sounds like the soft wailing of the night wind, the rustling of leaves, the rolling of the waves at the beach and more sounds from nature. These have been clinically proven to help people to fall asleep faster so they are refreshed when they wake up.

3. Speed Sleep

In Neuro Linguistic Programming, Frank Prince is the master practitioner. He is also a member of National Sleep Foundation. He’s the counselor and adviser of business leaders, students and professional athletes wanting to improve their sleeping habits. His recording “Speedsleep” is a collection of all his work.

4. Brain Wave Suite

By using inaudible pulses in sound behavior and brainwave patterns, this music is embedded with lush and ambient tunes, therefore triggering the pulses of the person’s brain to produce the state he desires.

5. Journeying to Dreams

You will be able to discover the world of free thoughts which flows along the rivers of illusion and imagination that are forged from the melodies of a score so intriguing that it hooks your ears.

This brings us to the usual question most people ask regarding the matter. What is the connection of this kind of music to an individual’s sleeping habit? Does it bore one to sleep?

The answer is no. However, the kinds of music enumerated earlier are so soothing that the individual will wake up feeling all refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. Above all, he is free of stress and worries. It really depends on the person what kind of music will help him rest.

For those who are internet savvy, this technique has also been utilized over the web. Nowadays, one can download a nap software. Just like the CDs and tapes you buy at the store, these programs have music that will help your mind relax.

The audio tracks primarily contain Neuro-Linguistic Programming and sound effects …

End-User Programming Using Modeling and Semantic Web

Even if programming is made easier, only a proportion of people would actually be interested or capable of doing this. But, there's still an advantage to collections, people in the same team or department as an end user programmer, then all in the team have much closer access to someone who understands their, and the team's tasks, requirements, and projects. This closes the gap between those producing software systems, and those who require the software. This also makes it easier to iterate through solutions and solve problems more quickly and collaboratively.

Software tools to improve and combine UML and other modeling, spreadsheet, Web 2 / Semantic Web, and software solutions are required to allow this kind of end user participatory development and a sustained collaborative organization push towards achieving this. To achieve this, end users and teams need to be able to visualize their solutions both literally as diagrams, and metaphorically via problem solving collaboration. This would reflect the intentions that were expressed decades ago in the form of PC based computing and spreadsheets, but add better information and modeling organization, and collaboration capabilities.

To make the above practical, sustained research is needed in these areas. Such research would have many practical spin-offs. Professor Richard Vidgen (2009) describes research into "how technology is developed and used within organizations." So a way can be provided of applying this research and enabling more end user participation. This research is to test an approach of using digital technology, to make software and modeling development easier for computer literate end users. This would then enable them to solve problems to help their, and their teams' work to be more productive. The current problem is that the communication and translation steps required between users, and software developers, and help desk are too many, and too varied, these results in cost, uncertainty, delays, confusion, and confrontation. The solution is for software developers to develop more customisable software that can be customized by end-users.

An example of the need to apply such research is user's development of spreadsheets, this indicates user's willingness to use and develop software to meet their needs, but productivity in spreadsheet development can be poor, as they are difficult to track, and share. More advanced software tools are often not available to users, or take too long to learn. Semantic Web technologies can provide a solution to this by provision of free and customizable, shareable, and fully visualized applications for use in particular sections. Development of such applications, and their use in industry would be proof of this.

The essence of the problem is that organizations and individuals have many problems resulting from the lack of facilities to allow users to program. This causes many issues, which need to be urgently tackled by organizations in the short term. This creates an ironic dilemma, that the problems caused by lack of end user programming facilities cause there to be a need to tackle these problems via quick fixes because they are so urgent. This …