Keeping up to date on software architecture is difficult, because only a few information sources cover this important area explicitly. Of course, Online Services like InfoQ offer a lot of information on software architecture and design. But what about learning in your spare time,for instance when you are commuting or during your running exercise? Can audio podcasts provide an appropriate solution?
W3C has opened up their infrastructure and expertise to the world to create Community and Business Groups useful to develop specifications and tests or simply hold discussions around web technologies. W3C Community Groups are open and do not require any fee, and all proceedings are public, while Business Groups do require a fee. Interview with Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.
The Eclipse Foundation has announced the results of its yearly community survey, which looks at various aspects of development in and around the Eclipse ecosystem. However, it also reflects the changing developer biases around the globe as well, such as the increasing use of DVCS and of mobile development platform preferences.
The Lean Software and Systems Consortium conference 2011 was held May 3-6 in Long Beach, California. This year, there seemed to be a strong focus on visualization, leadership, and real world solutions.
The CompArch Conference is a federated conference that brings together researchers and practitioners interested in Component-Based Software Development and Software Architecture. This year the event is held at the University of Colorado in the United States from June 20th to June 24th. As general chairs Ivica Cnrkovic and Judith Stafford were appointed.
JRuby is now available on EngineYard's AppCloud Beta program, set up to run with the Trinidad server. Nick Sieger has released jruby-lint, a static analysis tool that checks Ruby code bases for patterns that are either discouraged or perform badly on JRuby vs. MRI. Also: JRuby 1.6.2 is out.
The program and structure for Agile 2011 has been announced. The conference runs in Salt Lake City on 8-12 August. There are over 200 sessions across 17 stages, in addition to the keynotes and special events. For the first time there is an Executive Forum running in parallel with the conference, aimed at senior executives helping organizations adopt and scale Agile methodologies.
Many major agile conferences this time of the year give you an opportunity to find one that fits your needs.
The Agile 2011 organizers have announced the keynote speakers for the conference being held in August at Salt Lake City. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Kevin Henney and Linda Rising will deliver keynote talks with three distinctly different focuses.
In February it was 10 years since the signing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. InfoQ is running a series of articles commemorating the decade of agility. In this item we report on what a number of commentators and agile luminaries have written recently on the current and future state of Agility.
A new discussion on focus.com “Is Facebook a cloud?” uncovers that there still is no agreement between practitioners on what a cloud really is.
In February it will be 10 years since a group of self-styled “anarchists” got together in Snowbird, Utah to discuss and debate their ideas on better ways to build software and founded the Agile Alliance. To commemorate a decade of agility, InfoQ is running a series of articles; we have invited all of the original signatories to contribute along with others in the Agile community. Updated 3/16.
New groups, conferences and workshops promote the traditionally neglected tester role, spotlighting the skills, tools, and principles needed to be an excellent tester on an Agile team. Historically, the role of a Tester or QA has often been post-hoc, taking place after software has been created. Bob Martin, one of the original Agile manifesto signatories, observed that this was not optimal.
Technology is recently associated with unrest in the media but an Innovation Games event in San Jose shows how Governments can use Agile technology to collaborate with the "people".