Today I did my Software Craftsmanship talk at CF Objective, with some great questions from the audience.
I also felt a huge feeling of people wanting to change how they work, to be better code smiths (Not to make it gender tied)
I also did an ad hoc session of TDD with [...]
After attending CukeUp for the first time last year and seeing the early early early bird price for 2014 it was a no brainer to attend again this year and the added bonus after the purchase that it was extended to two days. The conference is at Skillsmatter and like most of their events it’s [...]
Read, Read, Read and Read some more.
We all know that working in technology that things move very fast, by the time a book is published on a technology it’s out of date. There are some books that are timeless, as they don’t relate to a technology / platform. They’re on general topics and subjects [...]
First of all I have the apologise for the gap in the series of postings, with the new year at work cracking on with stuff, the changes we’ve made to the old UKCFUG (Now London CFML & Web Community) and an operation to decompress the carpal tunnel in my left arm continuing this series [...]
Naming in software development is in just about everything we touch: variables, arguments, functions, the name of files and folders. In most cases developers don’t pay the naming of things the respect it should be given. The second chapter of Clean Code is all about this.
A (newish) pet hate I have with anyone [...]
At this point I’ve set a lot of the groundwork required to understand what all this Software Craftsmanship is all about. I hope you’ve picked up some of the books I’ve mentioned and had a chance to flick through them. At this point I’m going to start to cover the areas in the Clean Code [...]
One of the big things I’m a real fan of is my Kindle especially now that I have purchased the latest Kindle Paper white, with these dark mornings and evenings it makes it easier to read while waiting at the bus stop. I will also admit that I like a good paper book as well, [...]
In part one, I spoke about how a developers career is their own, not their employers / managers. An extension of this, over the last year many of the conferences I have attended I’ve paid for out of my own pocket, I was given some of the days as training. I felt it was a [...]
Since meeting Sandro, I have given what and how I code a lot more thought and actually the respect it should be given. Like many developers I get paid to do something I love, something that otherwise would be a hobby. Some developers I’ve met do treat it as a hobby even though it’s [...]
Over the last few years I have been picking up a lot of useful information and experience and none so much as working for General Electric, working with a great management team that just get how development should be done and being able to go to some great conferences like Lean Agile Scotland. (
I am currently sitting in the Airport Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for my final flight home to Leeds. Having started my trip almost 7 days ago to the hour, The first annual Adobe ColdFusion Summit was a real blast and really did have the Adobe Max vibe as already mentioned by Jason Dean.
After having a quick chat with Brian Wernham (@BrianUkulele) on twitter about Spam Text Messages, he mentioned he replied with STOP and it hasn’t helped. I replied saying that IMHO that if you reply STOP then they know they have an active number and will more than likely sell it on.
So rather than [...]
I tweeted something the other day that go a few people tweeting back and I wanted to clear up my thoughts on the subject; my tweet was:
“Do people abuse the term #agile when they probably mean something different? Is it just a Job Spec / Tender buzz word? ‘We’re an Agile Team’”
The reason I [...]
Now that I have finally done my Scotch on the Rocks 2013 presentation, I feel it’s about time that I blogged about this method that I have been using for the last year or so.
What is the Mikado Method?
Simply put it’s a way to work on morphing a system to a better state [...]
I have great pleasure to announce that I will be speaking at Scotch on the Rocks this year, it’s in Edinburgh again from Thursday 6 until Friday 7 June 2013. All attendees of will also get access to the MuraCon EU the day before Wednesday 5 June 2013.
My session will be a slightly improved [...]