Rocky is right; software is too hard

While the Microsoft Architect Advisory Board (MAAB) was still active, I had the opportunity to work with Rocky Lhotka in the Smart Client Architectures working group. I’ve subscribed to his blog for awhile now and flagged both of his posts that software is too hard ( [1] and [2]) to read on my flight up to next week’s SharePoint conference. Today’s mail included a copy of Visual Studio magazine featuring a guest column by Rocky adapted from his first blog post. It was all the nudge I needed to stop and read the article “Software Is Too Darn Hard.”

This is timely advice for all of us in the software industry and certainly for me personally as I focus on services and service orientation (e.g. value yielded, not architectural polish).