Craft or not? Dan North rejects the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship

by Michael Stal Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 04, 2011 11

In recent blog posting Dan North, well known expert for software engineering and employee of DRW Trading, explains his rejection to the Manifesto for Software Craftmanship. This posting raised some immediate responses in the community and among the readers of the blog. According to Dan 20000 people visited his blog and 150 people left comments.


Unique Software Degree Program Restarted

by Dave West Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 27, 2010 1

A unique university program of education in software and systems design has been restarted at New Mexico Highlands University. The program is based on experiential learning, features apprenticeships, and uses a radically restructured and accelerated curriculum. The program goal: "to produce a community of professionals capable of solving complex, "wicked," problems with computing technology.


Developer Survey: Challenges and New Technologies

by Dave West Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 24, 2010 2

Embarcadero has released the results of a survey of 600 professional developers conducted in May-June of 2010. The survey focused on identifying the "top developer trends, challenges, key initiatives, and current tools being used. The survey respondents were primarily application developers with the size of the respondents companies primarily from organizations with less that 25 people."


Software Craftsmanship Conference 2010 - Just Code

by Michael Hunger Follow 1 Followers on  Aug 07, 2010 1

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."


The Role of the Enterprise Architect

by Boris Lublinsky Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 28, 2010 7

Although the enterprise architect has become one of the more popular and sometimes respected profession in IT, the discussion about the enterprise architect’s role continues. A round table discussion at The Open Group’s Security Practitioners Conference attempted to clarify the enterprise architect’s role.


Polymath: a new IT job description

by Dave West Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 19, 2010 12

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.


Computing Careers: the future is bright

by Dave West Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 29, 2010 8

Contrary to myth, the number of computing career opportunities in the US is increasing - far exceeding the supply. An indirect result of the imbalance is rising salaries in the IT field. This news article summarizes a report done by Joel Adams, a professor at Calvin College in Michigan.


The End of an Era: Scala Community Arrives, Java Deprecated

by Ryan Slobojan Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 01, 2010 14

It was recently announced that InfoQ is creating a new Operations community. In addition to that, another major change which has been in the works for the last few months at InfoQ is the conversion of the Java community to the Scala community. InfoQ spoke with a prominent Scala expert and members of the former InfoQ Java editorial team to learn more about this change and why it was made.


IASA to Announce New Board-Certified Architect Program at ITARC Architecture Conference in New York

by Michael Bushe Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 09, 2009

International Association of Software Architects (IASA) will bring together thought leaders including Grady Booch, Eric Evans, and Bill Inmon at the IT Architecture Regional Conference (ITARC) in New York next week. The non-profit IASA is launching two new Certified IT Architect (CITA) programs at the conference, including CITA-Professional a board reviewed program.


Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 25, 2009

On Monday at the first day of Agile 2009 Liz Keogh ran a workshop and Effective Feedback.


Models of Apprenticeship

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 26, 2009 2

Uncle Bob Martin recently wrote about his experience with apprentices and what he considers key to progressing from apprentice to journeyman. He describes two hypothetical apprentices: Sam, a developer who has apprenticed with the same master and had the same year fifteen years in a row. Jasmine has changed jobs (and therefore masters) a number of times - growing her skills along the way.


Rebooting Computing Summit 2009: Computing is Not Dead

by David West Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 03, 2009

Rebooting Computing Summit 2009 concluded recently and had over 250 people representing industry, practitioners, and academia convene to discuss how to 'reboot' the computer science field, since reports show that the innovation rate in our field has been declining and that enrollments in our degree programs have dropped 50% since 2001.


Questioning Servant Leadership

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 04, 2008 9

Is the role of an agile manager only that of servant leader? Should they ever use traditional command and control tools? Should the agile manager ever wield authority and make demands of the team? Should they ever make changes in the membership?


Presentation: Do The Hustle

by Werner Schuster Follow 6 Followers on  Aug 19, 2008 8

In this presentation at RubyFringe, Obie Fernandez shares his experience selling consulting services for both Thoughtworks and Hashrocket and gives advice on how developers/consultants can deal with clients by setting minimal requirements, saying "No" and how to choose hourly rates and much more.


Presentation: Developing Expertise: Herding Racehorses, Racing Sheep

by Abel Avram Follow 7 Followers on  Jul 29, 2008 5

In this presentation made during QCon London 2007, Dave Thomas talks about expanding people's expertise in their domains of interest by not treating them uniformly as they had the same amount of knowledge and level of experience.

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