Feeds

UML officially an unfunny matter

An action and an artifact walk into a bar...

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Contrary to popular opinion, programmers are not a dry and humourless bunch. What old mainframer can fail to chortle at seeing the graffiti legend "Data error rules, OC7"?

No, software development is rife with humor, a fact that sometimes lands the authors of hidden jokers in hot water.

There are some things, though, you can't really joke about. A recent competition for jokes written in Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a case in point.

Sponsored by the awkwardly named International Software and Productivity Engineering Institute (INTSPEI), the results of the competition reveal that UML, er, just isn't funny.

The winning entry is a flowchart of Hamlet's famous To be or not to be soliloquy - which wasn't funny in the first place and certainly isn't funny described as a UML activity diagram. Similarly, the lifecycle of Solomon Grundy - a sad reflection on mortality - fails to have its humor quotient raised by UML.

What is vaguely amusing is the background to the competition. INTSPEI is the brainchild of a former Microsoft engineer from Russia Vladimir Pavlov who a few years ago conducted the Babel experiment that attempted to prove software developers who communicated only through UML were more successful than those who spoke to each other in their native language. Now that is funny. See Genesis 11 v9-10 for more.

For a genuinely humorous take on UML then the student letter, originally published in Ed Yourdon's American Programmer journal in 1997, is a better bet.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.