Al Noel is a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services in the Washington, DC area. He has been with Microsoft not quite 14 years. Al has been in IT for 33 years having worked in varying roles such as programmer at the National Security Agency, data center manager at the Pentagon and Visiting Scientist at the AI Lab at MIT. Technically Al has focused on SQL Server for many years along with a strong interest in development process proven practices. Al is a retired Army officer and was stationed in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Despite all the advances in software tools, there seem to be several enduring truths about software development. By understaning these 'laws', Ziv's law, Humphrey's Law and Conway's Law, for example, you can remove some of the mystery of the process. Al Noel discusses these and other laws that seem to apply generally to the art of programming.… Read more