I am unsure what to think about Unified Modeling Language. The sort of size projects we are about to embark on would be difficult to maintain due to the nature of the program. Our new product, which the sales and upper management are in danger of followign the Dilber t 'Name' syndrome. My main questions about UML are will we (the technical team) be given enough freedom to be able to have good software development process whilst still being able to be flexible enough to meet demands of prototypes and last minute deal-clinching feature requests - this is more a case of will the tools that are available to us be easy to use and actually aid, or will they hinder application development? I don't want to have to go down any route which will create barriers to developers enthusiasm for developing cool new products.
Then, there is of course the inevitable battle between the technical and design sides when it comes to good template based design. Perhaps I am being too harsh in expecting the CSS based HTML templates to look the same in both IE and other alternative browsers. I also know that in this area, this is paramount to preaching to the converted, and that I know that you shouldn't back down by saying at the bottom of the website best viewed in - I know of many users who do not have the ability to use IE - not just linux computer geeks, but Apple Mac users (for whom, the IE has not been available for a few years now (see the Microsoft for Apple downloads (although using virtual PC for Mac might enable that use) which include several non-geek friends of mine, of varying ages (including a retired lady who is very good with her Mac) who have no desire to perform complicated manipulations of their operating systems to view a single web page - they would just go elsewhere to a site which does view correctly, as well as certain companies which use Firefox as their main web browsing application by default (whether or not the employees want or like to, or even know.)
Edit: Issues with RSS feed of this post. The rss feed of this post (here) has some issues with it. Primarily, only the Dilbert link shows correctly - the other links all seem to link to the rss feed. The only difference I can tell is that the Dilbert link uses double quote marks, where the others use single. I will change them to double to see if there is any resolution in this. Looking at the RSS feed, it seems to produce:
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Is there any reason for that?