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How to get the most out of a Code Retreat

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Tomorrow is the Global Day of Code Retreat 2013, or as I like to call it, the programmers’ Christmas. Every year, I think of what I can improve in the code retreat to make it even better for the attendees. Last year, I decided to start by asking them what they would like to learn and then picked the sessions accordingly (and I started a blog post that’s in draft since last...

A Programmer Story

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Last couple of weeks, a few things happened that made me think. First, I started building a prototype for a Java application in Grails using Eclipse. Second, I wrote some small tools for Mozaic Works in python using Eclipse or vim. Third, I am involved in a startup that uses PHP to develop a great game. Fourth, I had my first TDD in C++ workshop in Stockholm. And, not to forget, my laptop runs...

I love Legacy Code!

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This is how I started my Wildcard Talk at XP Days Hamburg 2012. It was really fun doing the kata on legacy code techniques in front of a great audience, and many asked me if I wrote about these techniques somewhere. Well, I just had! (If you just want to see the video, scroll down, I just added it).

So, let’s start with the basics. What is legacy code?

Yes, you can deploy every two days

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Maria and I spoke at the Agile CE conference about a method of work that we use to help teams deploy every 2-3 days. Here are the slides. Some impressions immediately after the talk: Corey Haines told me that he uses almost the same method, only in a team of 2 “Bucket planning” seemed to catch the attention of a few participants. Basically, the idea is that the capacity is fixed and...

How I Deal with “The New Technology” syndrom

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Did this situation ever happen to you? > Customer / Product Owner / Manager / Fellow Developer comes to you with an article about “The New Best Thing” that “Solves All Problems that You Never Knew You Had” and praises that technology until you are forced to take it into account for the current or future projects. I found in such situations that the praised technology is...

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A new home for merging ideas about design

It is my strong belief that software design can learn a lot from other design disciplines. I wrote blog posts, a book and did talks on this topic, and it was time to group them all together. These ideas have now a new home: https://codedesigner.eu. My plan is to add more blog posts there, and to involve other people doing work in this area.