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Legacy Guild

A freely formed society of professionals dedicated to the support, maintenance, currency, enhancement, preservation, and transformation of Legacy Systems, with emphasis on modernization with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

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Our Purpose - Legacy Systems Advocacy

Our purpose is to fill a void - the need for advocacy of Legacy Systems. We do this in a number of ways -
  • by offering a central hub and virtual community for IT professionals who recognize the value of Legacy Systems to interact and freely associate among themselves, so that they may organize to offer support services to organizations using Legacy Systems and who are under the mistaken belief that "support is difficult to obtain";
  • by providing a clearinghouse for publicizing job and project opportunities in Legacy Systems;
  • to offer facts, surveys, and expert opinions to counter the deleterious and misleading myths about Legacy Systems, myths propagated by those who hype newer technologies in an effort to promote only their own self interests;
  • to present Legacy Systems in their true, favorable light, as to their benefits of accomplishing mission critical objectives in a cost effective manner.
In the words of Thomas Paine, "we offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense."

Chief Correspondents Corner

In his first editorial comment, your Chief Correspondent dares to ask the question Is CoBOL the new feminist programming language?, and offers a few answers. Read about it by clicking  here.

Legacy Mainframe Job Opportunities - Indianapolis Area

Clients have needs for Mainframe Testers and Developers. Please click on Job Opportunities menu item to the left for more details. This page is now open only to Legacy Guild members, so if you have not done so already, please Join! See the Login box in the upper left corner and click on Join.

Legacy Project Opportunities - various locations

The Legacy Guild is tracking the awarding of various bids pursuant to issuance of RFP's (Request for Proposals) by various government agencies. Currently we are monitoring the activity of four states and their automated Child Support Enforcement Systems. The status of each is summarized in the Project Opportunities page. This page is now open only to Legacy Guild members, so if you have not done so already, please Join! See the Login box in the upper left corner and click on Join.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

from The Walrus and the Carpenter, by Lewis Carroll

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Department of Defense MIL-STD-2167 "Waterfall" is Iterative

Department of Defense MIL-STD-2167 "Waterfall" is Iterative

1,599 Downloads

Added December 27th 2013

Proponents of Agile often ridicule the Department of Defense (DOD) and its MIL-STD-2167 software methodology as stodgy and slow. Though the standard does set forth rigorous documentation standards, and these documentation artifacts are based upon the classical Waterfall stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), the narrative within MIL-STD-2167 is quite explicit that the process must be iterative and incremental, two basic tenets for which A…


 

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Truth Revealed - The Original Waterfall Model by Winston Royce is Iterative

In this 1970 paper, presented at the Western Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1970, author Winston Royce sets forth the development steps that came to be known as Waterfall.  Unfortunately, it was a "straw man" version of Waterfall in his Figure 2, a version without iteration and feedback loops, that came to be popularized as "Waterfall". Royce himself was quite emphatic in his graphical portrayal of "modified Wate…

Robert Glass's Fact #30: "CoBOL is a very bad language, but..."

Robert Glass's Fact #30: "CoBOL is a very bad language, but..."

1,647 Downloads

Added December 8th 2013

Fact #30: "CoBOL is a very bad language, but all the others for business data processing are so much worse."

Robert Glass, notable IT author and contributor to the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), waxes insightfully into our love/hate relationship with CoBOL, delving into the differences between domain specific and domain independent languages. In the end, his conclusion: "The resu…

Department of Defense MIL-STD-2167 "Waterfall" is Iterative

Department of Defense MIL-STD-2167 "Waterfall" is Iterative

1,599 Downloads

Added December 27th 2013

Proponents of Agile often ridicule the Department of Defense (DOD) and its MIL-STD-2167 software methodology as stodgy and slow. Though the standard does set forth rigorous documentation standards, and these documentation artifacts are based upon the classical Waterfall stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), the narrative within MIL-STD-2167 is quite explicit that the process must be iterative and incremental, two basic tenets for which A…

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