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Thoughts connected to my projects.

Transparency. As in "see through and don't notice".

I don't remember who pointed it out recently or where I read it. Someone with good observation skills noted that, for computer scientists, calling something "transparent" means that you can see through it and not even notice it, while most sane people would probably expect that thing's casing to be transparent instead, thus revealing everything what's inside.

The absurdity of this notion of transparency struck me again today when I was reading a Java Magazin article about architectural refactoring in large software projects. The author stated that, if someone uses a public API method, it would be completely transparent to him whether this involves a single method of 300 lines of code or multiple classes that cover the required logic behind it. Every sane man on this planet would probably disagree, because in fact one does not see anything of the underlying implementation and it thus cannot be transparent.

In Germany, we currently have a big discussion about manager salaries. Citizens and politicians demand more transparency. What they mean is: Make the casing of the "manager salaries box" transparent, so that we see what's inside.

It reminds me about a conversation between Marco and someone from Stanford. The Stanfordian made a wish: Use simple language for people who don't share your area of expertise. A wise wish.

Added info about projects, papers and activities

I added some info about my current projects, as well as my (still short) list of publications and reviewing activities. My CV is in preparation and will be on-line once I figured out how to include images in a reasonable manner.

As far as my actual dissertation is concerned, I'm still unsure what to write. Anyway, thanks again for stopping by. If you like, we can be connected on the XING social networking platform. I'll tell you where to find my XING profile. :)


I have been and involved in different academic projects, mainly because I was planning on getting a PhD.
Apart from that, I am currently working in the industry as a software engineer for GEA Farm Technologies, a global player in milking equipment. Sounds odd? There's more technology in farming today than you would imagine.
You can find more information and some external links in this section of the site.

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