The European Software Craftsmanship Conference 2010 will be held on Oct 7th 2010 at Bletchley Park, UK. The theme of the hands-on, community-led conference is: "No talks. No keynotes. Just code."
Is "polymath" a required job skill for IT professionals? The rise of cloud computing, "green" computing, ultra-large scale systems, and even SOA and SaaS suggest the answer is yes. A book by Vinnie Mirchandani has prompted a flurry of commentary on what it would mean to be an IT Polymath and why such a skill is desirable.
Edited by Ian Piumarta, a Senior Scientist for Viewpoints Research Institute, and Kimberly Rose, co-founder of the Viewpoints Research Institute, the book “Points of View - a Tribute to Alan Kay” (PDF) is a homage paid to Dr. Alan Kay for his great contribution for the advance of computer science, celebrating his 70th birthday on May 17th.
“If you aren’t technical, [SOA is] one of those terms that flies right over your head.”, explains Don Fornes, Founder & CEO at Software Advice; not to mention the added complexity of a slew of related acronyms such as “SOAP, XML, CORBA, DCOM, .NET, J2EE, REST, BPEL and WS-CDL”. In his article he tries to demystify the concepts around SOA.
Michael McCullough and Don McGreal, creators of the Tasty Cupcakes teaching games website, have published an article on "Fun Driven Development." The economic downturn hasn't squeezed these games out of our training programs - in fact, they've become a staple where Agilists gather to exchange ideas. Here's a little history and some starting points for using games with your teams.
Many people playfully credit the 3x5 index card as the "agilist's badge". In many ways though this is not an inaccurate or inappropriate; going through a stack of index cards is a often real hallmark of many agile activities. But what about using index cards to learn and remember agile? With their 'Agile In a Flash' project, Tim Ottinger and Jeff Langr want to help people do just that.