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Big Ball of Mud

Here's a quickie to get the week started.  I stumbled across an interesting paper entitled Big Ball of Mud, by Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder (via Scott Rosenberg).  The paper discusses the most commonly deployed software architecture - the "big ball of mud".  Both of the above links are interesting reads.  Also, please check out my lastest post over on the Verilab blog discussing how to cast strings as enums

As an FYI... Joel Spolsky was in Austin this past Thursday.  I had the opportunity to meet him and sit in on his demo of the latest version of Fogbugz.  I've got some thoughts (and a picture or two) and hope to have that up soon (though I wasn't able to get the post written after 3-4 hours of work today so I'm not sure exactly when it will be done!). 

Finally, a couple of miscellaneous comments - first, starting around October 3 there were over 200 weekday subscribers to Cool Verification.  Second, this past July 24 was the 2nd anniversary of my first post on Cool Verification.  I'd like to thank everyone for sticking around, especially those of you who've been reading since the beginning.