I aim to share feedback on many topics, including life in France, and technology experiments. Will try to make it interesting and fun.


TCEC season 9 - Houdini vs Komodo

Chess engine championship TCEC season 9, stage 3 terminated on first week of September 2016, and we can not argue without surprise. Stockfish had a powerfull lead, and Houdini, already 3 times winner of this championship, succeeded in qualifying for the final. One looser, Komodo, current champion, faced strong opposition, apparently stronger thant supposed to be qualified.

Sudoku solver

Sudoku solver

One good friend of mine, fond of Sudoku, was arguing that sometimes you need to infer several times to achieve solving. His assertion makes me feel unsure.

jeux de mots

Parler juste, trouver le mot fidèle à sa pensée, s'exprimer de manière imagée est le rêve de nombre d'entre nous. Aussi, me suis je intéressé à quelques expressions et tournures parfaitement représentative de notre époque, où la langue de bois prend le pas sur le dialogue, ou l'idée n'est plus défendue par un argumentaire mais pas sa recevabilité, ou le débat n'est plus qu'opposition systématique, souvent stérile, parfois utile, fréquemment inintéressante.

Aussi, voici quelques expressions, jolis mots, jeux verbaux et autres plaisanteries, tirées de la vie quotidienne, qui montrent l'omni présence de l'humour de notre langue, et donne une première idée des pirouettes possibles.

Save the canteen!

How to increase the frequentation of the staff canteen?

The chief executive director of a military domain company, felt sorry for the lack of frequentation of the staff canteen. He informed the chief security officer on its doubts, about the survival of the staff canteen if it does not get more interest from the employees.

Which decision would you take to save the staff canteen?

The chief security officer did a private enquiry that showed most part of the employes were getting out to the nearest commercial center for lunch. Employees had to walk roughly ten minutes to reach this center.

He decided to change the internal procedure rules, switching from one hour to half an hour for lunch time. As only few employees will accept to eat in 10 minutes, the result has been a great increase in the staff canteen frequentation.

Well done, as well it is true that the improvement of the attractivity of the staff canteen would have been much more complicated!

Enforcing enterprise methodology

How to inforce an enterprise-wide methodology?

A financial company wants to adopt a global methodology to better master the requirement and design phases of its projects, and to create a manageable enterprise memory. After several studies, the end-up solution is composed of internal best practices in different fields, of RUP and UML methodologies, and of a complex set of products and tools.

Which tactic has been used to spread the enterprise-wide methodology?

For budget reasons, external staff, that represents more than 2 on 3 persons working for this company, receive no more allocated material. Each external person will work on their on personal computer.

Internal IT services refuses to install any tool or product on the external staff pc, argumenting that their service scope is only for internals.

After two years of a such experiment, the dissemination within the company is always in phase of initialization. No progress has been seen, and the enterprise-wide methodology is not applied at all, each intervening people uses its own methodology.

Dismaying, isn't it!

Faites du X!

Comprenons nous bien, je ne suis promotteur des activités pornographiques. Je veux parler du X de XML! Au delà du méta langage, comment utilisez vous la caractéristique d’extensibilité dans vos fichiers XML? Autrement dit, que faites vous du X?

Messy Java Code

How easy is it to create Java messy code ?

It is often said that Java is simple. Simple to write, simple to create a new program. Let’s have a closer look to this statement and try to show that it only relies on conventions.

ambiance en mai 2006

Pour ceux qui n'étaient pas présents, ou qui l'aurait oublié, en mai 2006, de nombreuses manifestations se sont déroulées en France, contre le projet gouvernemental du contrat de première embauche, encore nommé CPE. Nous avons vu le gouvernement tenter de l'imposer, puis se rétracter, puis revenir à la charge, dans une danse sans tempo, lourde et désagréable. La rue s'est mobilisée la première, spontanément. Rejointe, de manière opportuniste par des mouvements contestataires, anti libéraux, par des partis politiques d'opposition. Ces ralliements de dernière minute ont occasionés un sentiment de fratras et de confusion rarement atteint jusqu'alors.

Quand la rue commande
République soumise à la vindicte
Quand la rue commande
Démocratie dérivant vers l'anarchie