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I'd like to share with you my favorite Christmas Carole, "O Holy Night". I may not have the greatest voice but I think I heard a phrase “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.Long lay the world in sin and error pining,Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.…
 
My Hands Are TiedWelcome to Phil’s English, your free source of explanation of idioms used by native English speakers. This episode is brought to you by my premium English language podcast, “Idioms of Business and Technology”. This is more than just idioms but also includes tutorials and explanations of business and technology concepts. For example…
 
Judging by the unexpectedly large number of hits on my recent posting about reverse engineering Java into UML diagrams, I am not the only one interested in this topic. Along the same lines, I found this pretty cool demo of reverse engineering UML sequence diagrams from Sparx Systems. I haven't actually used the tool but what appears to be different…
 
About a year ago I had to stop work on an interesting project. There were just too many projects going on at one time, not enough resources to work on them all, and the other projects were more important from a political point of view. The project involved our B2B application making a call to a service provided by a 3rd party outside the firewall. …
 
I recently attended a 3-day "Business Design Assurance" or BDA held by my client. On the first day it was clear that there were still a lot of unresolved issues and the desired delivery date of the rollout to the first country was a risk. There was a lot of talk along the lines of "we can't go live without XXX!" A certain Senior Vice President coul…
 
I've been around clients for some great discussion on the perils of over-customizing SAP lately. I hope to collect some of the lessons learned here for your reading enjoyment and career enrichment. Here's a comment made by a country sales manager at a meeting I attended in May 2007. "They told us that the new SAP system would have over 160 reports …
 
I had a subtle career milestone today. Today I became fully aware that I was now "Global" ... with a capital "G" I think. At about 6:30 am Central time I checked email at home before leaving for the airport. I saw an email from a business leader in the UK which set off alarms in my head that an important business decision my client needed to make w…
 
Over a year ago, I had a post in which I discussed how difficult it is for a custom application development person like myself to get adjusted to projects based on a packaged application like SAP. It had the somewhat humorous title How to Talk to an SAP Consultant (If You Must). If you keep reading this post, you will see that I am now starting to …
 
Hi and welcome to Phil's English podcast where I try to help you understand English better. In particular, I hope to help you understand the idioms native speakers commonly use.Today's new idiom is "You've got to roll with the punches."The meaning of this idiom is to accept minor setbacks and continue towards your goal. It means to minimize the pai…
 
I got this question in an email from one of my new friends in China who says she is not a Christian but has been attending church and feels at peace there."I really got puzzled when I faced the two things "Anglo-Catholic"&"Catholic "&"Christian".Would you do me a favor to differentiate them ,or give me some advice about how to distinguish them?"Onl…
 
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