A Cautionary Coding Tale [Video]

Read this in your best Rod Serling voice:

Two men set out on parallel paths, heading to the same destination. Both of them have identical goals and receive identical directions. The only difference is the tools they use for their journey. Their fates quickly diverge; one traverses his route quickly and successfully, and promptly receives the accolades of his peers. The other soon finds himself toiling in a seedy back room, and eventually meets a harsh end. (Cue the ominous music.)

This modern noir B-movie – a “cautionary tale of coding gone wrong” – tells the story of BIRT developer Bob and Java developer Larry. Both developers are ordered to create powerful customer-facing applications that blend transactional and CRM data, organize that data in myriad ways, and present the data in slick, interactive charts.  Larry insists on coding the huge, complex project manually, while Bob uses Actuate’s automated tools.

Do we need a SPOILER ALERT to tell you who succeeds and who fails?


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