THE WHATIS.COM WORD-OF-THE-DAY September 5, 2003 synchronize-and-stabilize ________________ SPONSORED BY: Microsoft
The Quick Guide to Windows Server 2003. Get the latest information on installation, new features and training. Click here! http://WhatIs.com/r/0,,17885,00.htm?microsoft ________________ TODAY'S WORD: synchronize-and-stabilize See our complete definition with hyperlinks at http://searchwebservices.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid26_gci922408,00.html Synchronize-and-stabilize (sometimes just called sync-and-stabilize) is a systems development life cycle model in which teams work in parallel on individual application modules, frequently synchronizing their code with that of other teams, and debugging (stabilizing) code regularly throughout the development process. The sync-and-stabilize model offers advantages over the older waterfall model, which is strictly sequential in nature. Because sync-and-stabilize development allows for changes at any point in the process, it can be flexible, and more easily able to respond to market requirement changes. The sync-and-stabilize approach was created by David Yoffie of Harvard University and Michael Cusumano of MIT. Cusumano and Yoffie studied commonalities between processes Microsoft used in developing Internet Explorer and those Netscape Communications Corp. used in developing Netscape Communicator. The researchers found that, among other similarities, both companies compiled all the project code nightly. They both also brought together all the components and tried to stabilize code before it was released. Cusumano and Yoffie integrated the successful common strategies of the two projects into the sync-and-stabilize model. At a recent XML Web Services One conference, Cusumano cited as-yet unpublished research findings indicating that a majority of development projects follow the sync-and-stabilize approach. ______________________ RELATED TERMS: systems development life cycle model http://searchvb.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid8_gci755068,00.html debugging http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid14_gci211915,00.html waterfall model http://searchvb.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid8_gci519580,00.html compile http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid1_gci211824,00.html ______________________ SELECTED LINKS: SearchWebServices has an article called "Developers sink 'waterfall' in favor of 'sync'." http://searchwebservices.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid26_gci919289,00.html ______________________ TODAY'S TECH NEWS: MICROSOFT PLANS NOVEMBER DEBUT FOR SMS 2003 Microsoft will release its long-awaited desktop management software, Systems Management Server 2003, in November at a conference in Denmark. http://searchwin2000.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid1_gci922488,00.html ORACLEWORLD TO REVOLVE AROUND GRID Oracle Corp.'s newest database, named 10G in honor of grid technology, will be the highlight of the company's annual U.S. user conference, slated to begin Monday at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Headed into the weeklong event, Robert Shimp, Oracle's vice president of database marketing, talked with SearchDatabase.com about why the whole OracleWorld revolves around grid computing. http://searchoracle.techtarget.com/qna/0,289202,sid41_gci921907,00.html HEWLETT-PACKARD TO ACQUIRE TALKING BLOCKS In its latest move in the Web services market, Hewlett-Packard announced Tuesday that it will acquire Talking Blocks, a maker of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and management software. >> Catch up on all the latest IT news at http://searchtechtarget.techtarget.com/ ______________________ September IT Horoscopes | Horoscopes for geeks (NEW!) See what the future holds for the month of September. ;-) http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci919205,00.html ______________________ Secret Word-of-the-Day | What is IT? HINT: This company's relational database was the world's first to support the Structured Query Language, now an industry standard. >> See if you're right! http://searchoracle.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid41_gci214534,00.html _____________________ Quiz #28 | Ethernet How much do you know about Ethernet? Take this week's quiz and find out! >> Click to take the quiz http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid7_gci834253,00.html ______________________________ RECENT ADDITIONS AND UPDATES  Nagle's algorithm http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid7_gci754347,00.html  strawman http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid11_gci840566,00.html  refactoring http://searchcio.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid19_gci919168,00.html  initial extent http://searchdatabase.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid13_gci916333,00.html  IT Crossword Puzzle: Malware http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid14_gci916579,00.html ____________________________________________________________________ ::::::::::::::::::: WHATIS.COM CONTACTS ::::::::::::::::::: LOWELL THING, Site Editor ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) ____________________________________________________________________ MARGARET ROUSE, Associate Editor ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) IVY WIGMORE, Assistant Editor ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) ::::::::::::::::::::: ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER :::::::::::::::::::::: This newsletter is published by TechTarget, the most targeted IT media. http://www.techtarget.com Copyright 2003 TechTarget. All rights reserved. ____________________________________________________________________ To unsubscribe from "Word of the Day": Reply to this e-mail with REMOVE in the Subject line - OR - Go to unsubscribe: http://WhatIs.com/u Please note, unsubscribe requests may take up to 24 hours to process; you may receive additional mailings during that time. A confirmation e-mail will be sent when your request has been successfully processed.