• Issue #40: Skeuomorphism

    The Button And The Spoon

    As my father approaches his 80th birthday, his first contacts with the latest technologies become ever more interesting. As a pen-and-pencil architect and entrepreneur with 50 years of experience, technology is not a necessity; rather, just another useful tool. He setup his first fax machine at the end of the 90s, and got his first computer a decade after that. At some point in the 2010s he bought a smartphone, and one day asked me for help to finish some task on it. I remember his face when I told him to "touch the button that says 'done'" and he replied, "which button? I do not see any button".

  • Issue #40: Skeuomorphism,  Library

    Jenifer Tidwell

    If there is one thing that computer books are most definitely not usually praised for, it is their visuals. Thankfully, books about user experience and user interface design are usually, indeed, worthy of such acclaim. In this case, however, limiting a review to such criteria would be short-sighted, poor, and unjust. The truth is that most important literature works are multi-layered, profound, and suitable for multiple relectures.

  • Issue #39: Methodology

    Issue #39: Methodology

    Welcome to the thirty-ninth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Methodology. In this edition, Graham forecasts what the next two decades might bring in terms of methodologies; Adrian warns of the danger of methodologies becoming all-or-nothing dogmas; and in the Library section, Graham reviews the collective work of "The Three Amigos": Grady Booch, Jim Rumbaugh, and Ivar Jacobson.

  • Issue #39: Methodology

    You Are Doing It Wrong

    On March 13, 1995 in Paris, during a press gathering held at a conference called Le cinéma vers son deuxième siècle, Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg introduced a new artistic movement called Dogme 95. In the world of arts, this declaration is comparable to the Agile Manifesto in many ways; not only are they both contemporary, they are also a reaction to the current state of things in each of their respective industries.