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Old November 17 2013, 11:56 PM   #136
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We also talk about the "bus number" of a codebase .

The "bus number" is the number of developers who'd need to get hit by a bus to seriously disrupt further development of the codebase because of the knowledge exclusive to their heads.

I.e. if a codebase has a bus number of 1, only one developer needs to get up close and personal with the front of a bus traveling at high velocity, and the project no longer functions. Increasing the bus number isn't as easy as just adding more people, either, it's more about documenting things and other forms of spreading knowledge, making code accessible enough so someone can jump in and take over, and removing other barriers to someone else stepping up and accepting responsibility.
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Old November 20 2013, 01:01 AM   #137
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I haven't come across bus number before, but we did used to have people designated as "bus people" in that they, absolutely, could not get hit or the project would collapse!

Nice work, Sho !
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Old November 20 2013, 08:42 AM   #138
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^ Thanks!
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Old November 23 2013, 11:08 AM   #139
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So I have thought about a rough schedule for the next few "classic" review threads mixing up "newer" novels with older one while rotating through series (I'll go with the one book every two weeks schedule by the way):

TNG: Death in Winter * Michael Jan Friedman
DS9: Warped * K.W. Jeter
VOY: String Theory #1: Cohesion * Jeffrey Lang
Enterprise: By the Book * Dean Wesley Smith & K.K. Rusch
IKS Gorkon: A good day to die * Keith R.A DeCandido
Titan: Taking Wing *Andy Mangels & Michael A. Martin

Any thoughts?
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Old November 23 2013, 12:10 PM   #140
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Sounds good to me. I'm going to read A Good Day to Die soon for the first time, and consider re-reading Taking Wing, too. It's great to share thoughts about books so old.

Do you have a specific pattern which books/series you choose for the classics threads?
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Old November 23 2013, 12:21 PM   #141
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No, nothing set in stone at least..

As I said earlier I guess I will try to have a constant rotation between series (so TOS-TNG-DS9-VOY-ENT-two or three book exclusives/miniseries and then start with TOS again) to not get to one-sided, and throw in some older titles (like Warped) in-between the titles of the novel continuity area.
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Old November 23 2013, 05:23 PM   #142
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Isn't Warped, like, incredibly terrible? I'd stick to great ones; there are plenty of those.

Love the rest of that list
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Old November 23 2013, 05:39 PM   #143
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Isn't Warped, like, incredibly terrible? I'd stick to great ones; there are plenty of those.

Love the rest of that list
Yes, Warped is incredibly terrible (and that is an incredibly favorable view at it), but a) I want to see how it fairs, and b) we are already extremely top-heavy in the ranking, so why not give poor Michael A. Martin some competition for the bottom places?

FWIW the next DS9 novel after that most likely would be Avatar.
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Old November 24 2013, 12:48 AM   #144
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^ I've always thought I should re-read Warped and see if I like it better now that I'm older. Maybe this will be my impetus to finally do so.
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Old November 28 2013, 09:46 PM   #145
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Round 2 of the Classic Review Threads is now online:

Death in Winter
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Old December 1 2013, 04:22 AM   #146
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Sho wrote: View Post
I've now added the search improvements I mentioned (except for the spelling correction for now), and they don't seem to have impacted things negatively at least.

Edit: I'm now also reporting Goodreads scores as "n/a" when there are less than 4 votes, the same bar used against thread votes for inclusion in the table.
Great to hear you added in Goodreads scores, nice to compare.
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Old December 9 2013, 03:35 PM   #147
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Was there ever a thread for James Swallow's Cast No Shadow? I can't seem to find it...
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Old December 9 2013, 03:38 PM   #148
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It's in the table, yup: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=145363
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Old December 9 2013, 03:40 PM   #149
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^Thanks Sho. Much appreciated
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Old December 9 2013, 03:42 PM   #150
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Always, always. *nods head*
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