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MP3 Downloads Now Available, 5 Agile 2009 Presentations Posted

by Ryan Slobojan on Sep 17, 2009 |

A new and frequently-requested feature has been added to InfoQ - MP3 download of interviews and presentations for registered users! To start with, MP3s will be available for the Agile 2009 presentations, which are also now becoming available on InfoQ thanks to a partnership with the Agile Alliance in which InfoQ filmed 18 select sessions from the event which just happened in August. Follow all of our Agile 09 coverage and our release schedule for the rest of the sessions at InfoQ.com/agile2009. The first five presentations which are currently available (with MP3 downloads) are:

Alistair Cockburn: I Come to Bury Agile, Not to Praise It (keynote)
Agile came from small, colocated projects in the 1990s. It has spread to large, globally distributed commercial projects, affecting the IEEE, the PMI, the SEI and the Department of Defense. Agile now sits in a larger landscape and should be viewed accordingly. This talk shows that landscape, clarifying how classical agile fits in and what constitutes effective development outside that narrow area.

Mary Poppendieck: Deliberate Practice in Software Development
In the nature vs. nurture debate, researchers have declared nurture the winner. People who excel are the ones who work the hardest; it takes ten+ years of deliberate practice to become an expert. Deliberate practice is not about putting in hours, it’s about working to improve performance. It does not mean doing what you are good at; it means challenging yourself under the guidance of a teacher.

J.B. Rainsberger: Integration Tests Are a Scam
Integration tests are a scam. You’re probably writing 2-5% of the integration tests you need to test thoroughly. You’re probably duplicating unit tests all over the place. Your integration tests probably duplicate each other all over the place. When an integration test fails, who knows what’s broken? Learn the two-pronged attack that solves the problem: collaboration tests and contract tests.

Scott Ambler: Agile by the Numbers: What People Are Really Doing in Practice
This talk summarizes the results of 4 years of industry surveys concerning the adoption and effectiveness of agile techniques. Very often the reality is significantly different than the rhetoric presented in mailing lists, in articles, and even in books. Many myths or ideas around Agile are explored, and some are proven false and some confirmed to be true based on survey results.

Ashley Johnson and Amr Elssamadisy: Scaling Up by Scaling Down: A (re)Focus on Individual Skills
The causality between performance in the small (individuals and teams) and performance in the large is highlighted and explained. Discover what you can do as an individual regardless of your position in the hierarchy to enable higher performance software development.

As InfoQ continues to add new interviews and presentations to the site, there will be MP3 downloads for all interviews and most of the presentations. In addition to these, we would like to know from the community which interviews and presentaitons from our catalog you would like to see in MP3 form - please let us know through your comments!

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Excellent by Nagaraja Rao Chennnur

Download facility is long awaited. It would be helpful if you can add the most recent interviews and presentations first to the list of downloads
-Nagaraja Rao

Excellent News by Colin Jack

Superb, been waiting for this for some time. I'd say I watch about 10% of the InfoQ content that I would if I could watch/listen to it on my IPod Touch.

login troubles from individual pages of each MP3 by Steve Bohlen

Just FYI, if you visit any one of the individual pages pointed to by any of the above links BEFORE you login to the InfoQ site, when you click the 'mp3' link on each of the pages you are prompted to login to continue your download.

Unfortunately, javascript pop-up window that asks for username/e-mail + password pops up *UNDER* the embedded video window rather than on top of it, which obscures most of the login pop-up and makes it unusable. If you login to InfoQ before visiting any of the individual pages linked above and trying to follow the 'mp3' link, there is no issue.

Behavior reprduced on FireFox 3.5, IE8 (in IE8 rendering mode), and IE8 in IE7-compatibility mode), all under Windows. Cannot speak to behavior on other browsers and/or other operating systems, but thought you guys should know that its NOT possible in any of the above browsers (and possibly more) to complete the login process in-line with attempting to download any of the mp3s of the above-linked content.

Otherwise, keep up the good work, thanks for providing this in mp3 format, and I look fwd to more content in this format as its the best way for me to consume most A/V info.

-Steve B.

Re: login troubles from individual pages of each MP3 by Ryan Slobojan

Hi Steve,

Thank you very much for the note - I've passed it along to the dev team, and we'll try to reproduce this locally and then get this taken care of ASAP. In the meantime, what version of Flash are you using? The login box is constructed using a <div> which is initially invisible, but which is made visible and relocated via javascript when the link is clicked - the consistency across browsers on your machine makes me wonder if the version of Flash may be causing this, or whether something may be causing it to overlay the login box (like an always-on-top flag). In my own testing with Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4 on Mac (with Flash 10.0.32.18) I'm not seeing this behaviour - the login box correctly appears on top of the video.

Thanks,

Ryan Slobojan
Chief Editor, InfoQ

Re: login troubles from individual pages of each MP3 by Steve Bohlen

Ryan:

Thanks for the quick reply; I'll try to provide with as much info as I can to try to help you isolate (and address!) the issue.

I am using Flash 10.0.32.18 on my computer at home, so that matches your version, it looks like. I have inspected the Flash player's settings (right-click, settings) to see if I can find any setting similar to 'always on top' but none of the Flash settings seem immediately obvious to me as controlling that behavior.

The only other difference that I can immediately think of is the underlying operating system: you are testing on MacOS X and I running Windows XP at home and Window7 at the office. I originally experienced this on my work computer and since its the weekend I cannot immediately report the exact version of Flash that's installed there but its also likely to be near-current as well (I keep that kind of thing pretty well updated near-always).

The fact that it happens on both of these computers suggests to me that its less likely to be something to do with some arcane setting that I accidentally enabled (either for flash, the browsers, or the operating system) as it seems less likely to me that I would have toggled this setting on BOTH of these computers (one with a 9-year-old OS and another with a 1-month-old OS).

I'm not aware of any setting in any of the browsers themselves that would control things like 'embedded object tags always on top of rendered web pages', but I may be completely wrong in that regard as I've never experienced this before and so haven't had to dig into this issue before.

Let me know if any of this helps.

-Steve B.

Re: login troubles from individual pages of each MP3 by Ryan Slobojan

Hi Steve,

Excellent, thanks for the further details - we've also been able to reproduce this bug on one of the editor's machines (Vista, IE8 and Chrome). I've passed along the details to the dev team, and we should have enough to nail this down now and fix it.

Thanks!

Ryan Slobojan
Chief Editor, InfoQ

Finally! by Jim Nasium

Now you just need to make the videos downloadable. :)

Re:big hugs and kisses of joy and niceness by Corku Corku

ahhh! but man want more-- we dey de videooooos -ehh!

How to: download infoq videos by Eric Lewin

Now you just need to make the videos downloadable. :)

I think I have downloaded a infoq video in the past with this firefox plugin

Re: login troubles from individual pages of each MP3 by Ryan Slobojan

Hi Steve,

Our dev team has put in place a fix for this - can you try things on your side now and confirm that the login box now displays correctly?

Thanks,

Ryan Slobojan
Chief Editor, InfoQ

Re: login troubles from individual pages of each MP3 by Steve Bohlen

Ryan:

Just tested and confirmed that its solved on my end now (login pop-up correctly layered OVER the flash player). Thanks for looking into this (and for bothering to close the loop on the issue).

Keep up the great work and the great content; this site is one of my top-tier spots for content I look for regularly.

-Steve B.

Re: How to: download infoq videos by Jim Nasium

Oh that's pretty cool. :)

podcast by yuval yeret

this is an excellent move! thanks!

now any chance for a podcast feed for all new content?

Can do something like the ITConversations feed with promotions/ads in the first minute or so, to help cover the costs.

I think it would greatly increase reach of this excellent community service.

like others said here, I see myself consuming much more of the content if its downloadable, even more if its automatically pushed to podcatchers.

I might even be willing to pay a minimal fee to cover this.
When compared to trying to get hold of the video in a way that goes to the ipod, any time/manual labour I save will be appreciated...

Keep up the good work,
Yuval

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