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Chris Hedgate coaches software development teams, sometimes working as coach, using retrospectives to help teams improve their dynamics and collaboration, and other times he works as a player-coach, working along with a team while also mentoring the team members.

About the conference

Jfokus is the largest annual conference for everyone who works with Java in Sweden. At Jfokus you will have an unique opportunity to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the Java platform through numerous interesting sessions. Jfokus gather rock-star speakers, both from Sweden and internationally. The focus is system development with Java and surrounding techniques like dynamic languages and agile methodologies. Jfokus is the best way for you to get the latest trends and buzz about Java from people who live and breathe technology on a daily basis.

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Oct 16, 2009

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  • pics

    by Kevin Wong /

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    Anybody work with female developers that look like the ones shown in those pics? I'd be smiling too.

    Good presentation. But people care about code or they don't. In my experience you can't compel them to care. Just fire them.

  • 'bout the presentation

    by Fabio Pupo /

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    Very good, great! it's simple, clean, has focus. All developer and team guy should see that.

  • would like to have seen...

    by Jason Little /

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    Would have been great to see the live coding, the code shown in the preso material was jumbled and not readable. Otherwise this was a great insight!

  • Re: would like to have seen...

    by Fabio Pupo /

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    Jason .. I got the presentation on his blog:
    www.hedgate.net/talks/from-good-to-great-develo...

    There are the resources, the presentation and the code available!

  • "Copy, Paste, Modify" is not always bad

    by Abra Kadabra /

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    The presenter is suggesting is that constantly refactoring your code to reduce/avoid duplication helps to make it easier to maintain.

    But sometimes the opposite can be true: "Copy, paste and modify" allows code to grow organically in the (different) directions that its uses might require (in the future).

    Trying to force code sharing between several pieces of functionality can introduce several problems:

    - Fixing a bug for one use can break another use
    - Code has to be more complex to serve various uses
    - More indirection makes code harder to understand
    - Ongoing Refactoring can easily introduce bugs

    I guess the interesting challenge is to know when several code pieces "have to do exactly the same thing" and therefore should share the code (in a common method or class) - as opposed to code pieces that look similar but should be kept separate and allowed to grow in different directions.

  • Good presentation

    by Steven Zhang /

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    I like this presentation, simple and straightforward. I've been trying to write the clean code improve the design, but I am frustrated with my colleagues and my manager, they don't understand the importance of the clean code. This presentation give me a solution: first inspire them.

    I also like the concept of 4-stage learning model. With another 3-stage model called shu-ha-ri which is introduced by Alistar CockBurn and a 5-stage dreyfus model which is introduced by Andy Hunt, right now I have a more deeper understanding for the learning models.

  • Re: Good presentation

    by Steven Zhang /

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    I posted my full comments in my blog:

    code-dojo.blogspot.com/2009/10/from-good-to-gre...

  • I love InfoQ but...

    by Shady Mostafa /

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    Guys, what's the point of having such a great session when I can't see the code.. Through out Chris's demos I'm imagining what the code looks like & even imagining his changes..

    Why not focus the cam on the screen/presentation when he does the demos?

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