Adebayor Misgivings

I love how Emmanuel Adebayor is having misgivings about his potential move to Manchester City.  It shows that sometimes “it’s not all about the money”.  From a financial perspective, this is a no-brainer.  He’ll be making more than double what he made at Arsenal.  But on the flip side, he’ll be playing for a less popular club with no track record of success and this will affect his popularity both in and out of Togo. Oddly enough, this transfer could be the beginning of the end of his career if not managed properly.

Unfortunately, there is no love lost between him and Gunner fans as most of us are tired of his antics over the last two summers.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Refactoring Sans Automated Tests

A good blog posting on the need for tests while refactoring.

IMO, automated tests are just a must.  Manual tests (except in really small applications) don’t provide the coverage needed to ensure that refactorings did not break existing functionality.

Ruby on Rails on Linux

Being a Windows developer by day, it’s been interesting installing RoR on my Linux workstation.  Granted, it didn’t take a long time (and I love a good technical challenge) but launching a terminal and using a combination of “apt-get” and “wget” to download and install packages was very different from my usual experience of downloading an executable and simply clicking on it to install.  I could see how this be a turnoff to a diehard Windows developer.

Fortunately, there were a ton of resources on how to install RoR on Linux (Jaunty) that made things go pretty straightforward.  Now its off to working through a sample application – we’ll see how that goes.

If anyone knows of any good RoR resources, drop me a line.

Adebayor Goals

via Arsenal Action.

I personally think he’s nowhere close to fulfilling his potential, but I doubt he’ll do it at Arsenal.  If he really wants to leave, they should let him go.

Enough Already!

The post below is outdated because I actually forgot to publish it.  Maybe it has something to do with writing it in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Anyway, the US subsequently lost to Brazil (3-2) in the worst way possible (if you ask me).  More to come on that.

The USA’s defeat of Spain (2-0) in football is being heralded by some as the greatest win even for US football.  All over blogsphere there is commentary on “what next”,  the uphill battle and Alexi Lalas is getting interviewed left and right.

Enough already!!

I concur that this was a good (maybe big) win for the US, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.  In the game of football, there is always a chance that the “other” team can win.  Look at how South Africa was able to hold Brazil till the 88th minute of their game.  Does anyone really think that if the US played Spain 7 times, they’d win 2 games?  Let’s put some perspective to this.

Respect is earned.  How about the US consistently win some more big games? Dominate CONCACAF?  Win some U17, U20 tournaments?  Advance to the quarter-finals of a couple of World Cups?  The US will get all the respect it needs at that point.  Trust me.

Now don’t go lay an egg against Brazil today.  That would be completely humiliating!

In the span of 45 minutes, the  “respect” the US got from beating the Pharaoh’s of Egypt – a team that is dealing interesting news – and Spain, had been lost.  No elite team concedes 3 goals in the 2nd half when up by 2 at that level.  It just doesn’t happen.  The events of the 2nd half were even more unlikely than the US defeat of Spain (if you can believe that).

Anyway, progress for the country’s football program but how about we let some consistent results eventually speak for themselves?