The people at Triplequote looked at the performance of Scala compilers on different Amazon EC2 instance types in an effort to answer the question, “What is the (cloud) cost per build?”
Rent in Denver, Colorado rose almost as fast as rent in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to this story by the Denver Post. But the good news is that despite rising 47% from 2010 to 2017, rent in Denver is still much lower than San Francisco.
FYI: The price of the “Hello, Scala” Kindle ebook will be going up to $9.99 on March 1, 2018.
Summary: I use Function Point Analysis (FPA) and Yesterday’s Weather to make “back of the envelope” software cost estimates when discussing potential new software projects with decision makers.
Many times when a software project is in its earlier stages (the conceptualization phase), the people that control the money at an organization (the CEO, CFO, CIO, etc.) want the best estimate they can get regarding the time and cost of a software development project. This is often very early in the project lifecycle, typically shortly after someone said, “Hmm, that sounds like a very interesting idea” and well before the first check is cut. In short, they want the best back of the envelope, ballpark cost estimate you can give them.
I used to dread these discussions, because I hated estimating the time and cost of software projects. I wasn’t any good at it, and the developers I worked with weren’t any good at it either. But once I learned two things:
This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”
If you want to see what it means to be a consultant — and enjoy a little entertainment while you’re at it — turn on Netflix and find a 1970s tv show called The Rockford Files. I recommend starting with the second or third episode of the first season.
“If testing costs more than not testing, don’t test.”
~ Kent Beck (via this twitter page)
Per this tweet, this is what the gas prices look like on Alaska’s north slope on April 10, 2015.
In retrospect it’s humbling to see that doctors spent about half a million dollars over the last 5-7 years to figure out my illness. If more doctors knew about mast cell disease the total cost could have probably been 1/10th of that.
This makes me look forward to the day when doctors have better software, and are willing to use it. (Every time I watch an episode of House I think, “Use a computer!”)
IBM says the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Macs is lower than that of PCs. You can read more about it at MacRumors and other websites.