Architecture Vs Design

While I was looking for a job 3 months ago, I had a phone screening by a recruiting guy who asked me about the difference between architecture and design in the context of software development. This question confused me immediately. I had never thought about this. I told him there is no difference between architecture and design, they are effectively the same thing – just different names to the same process. I told him it didnt really matter whether you architect the system or design the system as long as you get what you want. He was not satisfied, he said that architecture and design are clearly different stuff and that he expected me to know the difference since was working with software for more than 4 years. I was ashamed. If there is some difference between architecture and design I should be knowing it – how could I miss something like this?

Even though this interview shaked my confidence, I never bothered to look up this matter somewhere or ask somebody. Yesterday I bought Martin Fowler’s Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture from Borders and while reading through the introduction this question came to my mind again. I immediately googled for an answer and got this and this and this and this. After reading all these I am still confused and the ideas are still vague.  The vague idea that I got from these are that Architecure is more high-level than Design and that Architecture is that what can be explained to people outside the development team (i.e. the business people)  and Design is the implementor’s view of the Architecture.

I am not sure whether I got it right, but I really dont think it is possible to clearly differentiate between architecture and design for a software system.  I still dont have an answer to somebody who asks me about the difference between the two. Maybe I was right from the start – probably there aint much and probably it doesnt really matter.

Alcohol Effects & Remedies

I got a forwarded mail today with subject lines as “Alcohol Effects & Remedies”. I usually ignore forwards but I decided to read this one because I thought it would contain some information on reducing the effects of alcohol on you (no no.. Its not for me, one of my friends drinks too much ;-)) It turned out that it was not a serious mail but I found it funny enough to share it with you.

1.Symptom: Cold and humid feet.
Cause: Glass is being held at incorrect angle (You are pouring the drink on your feet).
Cure: Maneuver glass until open end is facing upward.

2. Symptom: The wall facing you is full of lights.
Cause: You’re lying on the floor.
Cure: Position your body at a 90-degree angle to the floor.

3. Symptom: The floor looks blurry.
Cause: You’re looking through an empty glass.
Cure: Quickly refill with your favorite beverage.

4. Symptom: The floor is moving.
Cause: You’re being dragged away.
Cure: At least ask where they’re taking you.

5. Symptom: You hear echoes every time someone speaks.
Cause: You have your glass on your ear.
Cure: Stop making a fool of yourself!

6. Symptom: The room is shaking a lot, everyone is dressed in white and the music is very repetitive.
Cause: You’re in an ambulance.
Cure: Don’t move. Let the professionals do their job.

7. Symptom: Your dad and all your brothers look strange.
Cause: You’re in the wrong house.
Cure: Ask if they can point you to your house.

Import Blogger.Blogs;

I imported my blog posts from Blogger to my wordpress blog. It went like a breeze. I had tried importing my Blogger posts before and failed. I should say the wordpress import script did a pretty good job. My photo posts and a Metacafe video on David Blaine didnt get transferred correctly. Other than these minor flaws, I am very much happy with the import. The import script doesnt work with Blogger beta and fortunately I hadn’t upgraded to it yet (I upgraded after the import).

I like WordPress better than Blogger. So now that I have imported my old posts, chances are I would stay with WordPress unless Blogger brings out some feature very irresistable.

Ways of fraud

I received an email today and got a good laugh from it. I am not a selfish guy, I want to share the fun with you:


Tel:+234 80 357 547 01.

Dear Chell,

First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction;as i await your urgent responds to this email.

I Mr James Olusoga,the HEAD OF ARCHIVES/RECONCILATION of United Bank Of Africa PLC (U.B.A).We Had a customer Late MR LEVI CHELL.(Snr.)a national of your country, who used to work with shell development Oil company here in Abuja,he was our good customer when he was alive.On the 21st April 2000,this customer,his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident along kpalime express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of his extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful After these several attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet,to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money and property left behind by this customer before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by this BANK.
The banking guidelines of United Bank Of Africa PLC stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed for over a period of time with the account unserviceable the money will be confiscated if nobody comes for the money,Since i have not seen any body for the claim of this money and his property for the last six years .

Now I seek your consent to present yourself as THE RELATION and the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name with the family.The proceeds of this account valued at US$18,500,000 dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money equally while 5% of the fund will be mapped out for expenses in the process of the transfer of the money into your account.



Girish ties the knot

My friend Girish Ramachandran who works at Sun Microsystems is a more responsible person starting yesterday. Atleast thats what the world expects him to be 😉

I wish him all the best for a long and happy married life.