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  • Michael Feathers on Programming Languages

    In this interview with Sadek Drobi, Michael Feathers explores working with legacy code, working with different programming languages, the right scope/size of modules, and the importance of readability of code regardless of the programming language.

    Michael Feathers on Programming Languages
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    27:37
  • Software Design Helps Being Agile

    In this interview made by InfoQ’s Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock talks about software design, the need for good design and the technical debt that might accumulate slowing down the development process. The conclusion is that agile developers should not disregard design.

    Software Design Helps Being Agile
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    36:54
  • Ian Robinson discusses REST, WS-* and Implementing an SOA

    In this interview from QCon San Francisco 2008, Ian Robinson discusses REST vs. WS-*, REST contracts, WADL, how to approach company-wide SOA initiatives, how an SOA changes a company, SOA and Agile, tool support for REST, reuse and foreseeing client needs, versioning and the future of REST-based services in enterprise SOA development.

    Ian Robinson discusses REST, WS-* and Implementing an SOA
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    39:58
  • Hakan Erdogmus on TDD Misunderstandings and Adoption Issues

    In this interview made during Agile 2007, Dr. Hakan Erdogmus, Editor in Chief of IEEE Software, discusses about TDD starting from a study done by Ron Jeffries and Grigori Melnik and published as "TDD--The Art of Fearless Programming" in the IEEE Software magazine. Hakan talks about current misunderstandings regarding TDD's role in software development and the adoption issues it faces.

    Hakan Erdogmus on TDD Misunderstandings and Adoption Issues
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    20:57
  • Cédric Beust discusses Designing for Testability

    In this interview from QCon San Francisco 2007, Cédric Beust discusses designing and architecting for testability, problems that hinder testability, test-driven development, the "Next Generation Testing" book, performance testing recipes, and testing small, medium and large codebases.

    Cédric Beust discusses Designing for Testability
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    18:25
  • Coplien and Martin Debate TDD, CDD and Professionalism

    Debate sprang up at JAOO '07 around Bob Martin's assertion that "nowadays it is irresponsible for a developer to ship a line of code he has not executed in a unit test." In this InfoQ video, he debated with Jim Coplien on this and other topics, including Design by Contract vs. TDD and how much up-front architecture is needed to keep a system consistent with the business domain model.

    Coplien and Martin Debate TDD, CDD and Professionalism
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    22:48
  • Dave Astels and Steven Baker on RSpec and Behavior-Driven Development

    InfoQ interviews Dave Astels and Steven Baker, two of the authors of the successful Rspec framework about enabling Behavior-Driven Development in Ruby, and the implications of moving from a test-centric point of view to one that is more specification-driven.

    Dave Astels and Steven Baker on RSpec and Behavior-Driven Development
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    31:06
  • Ryan "zenspider" Davis, Hardcore Ruby Hacker

    Ryan Davis, known as "zenspider", is one of the highest-profile Rubyists in the world, and arguably one of the most influential ones. He is the author of a number of valuable Ruby open-source tools, including RubyInline and ZenTest. In this exclusive InfoQ interview, Ryan gives us a glimpse into how he has been pushing the envelope of what's possible with the Ruby language and runtime since 2000.

    Ryan "zenspider" Davis, Hardcore Ruby Hacker
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    40:38
  • Interview: Ron Jeffries on Running Tested Features

    Ron Jeffries' upcoming book looks at how tracking "Running Tested Features" is the essential element of Agility, from which all other practices and activities necessarily follow. Deborah Hartmann interviews Ron who takes to the whiteboard to explain how, when supported by XP's "simple design" practice, RTF helps teams deliver consistently without building up costly technical debt.

    Interview: Ron Jeffries on Running Tested Features
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    23:45
  • Venkat Subramaniam on Pragmatic Agile Adoption

    Venkat Subramaniam, international trainer and co-author with Dave Thomas of "Practices of an Agile Developer", talks about his passion for improving project success by incrementally implementing an Agile approach, specifically addressing large projects and projects in trouble.

    Venkat Subramaniam on Pragmatic Agile Adoption
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    32:23
  • Tim Bray on Rails, REST, XML, Java, and More

    InfoQ Ruby editor Obie Fernandez interviews Tim Bray, one of the inventors of XML and current Director of Web Technologies for Sun Microsystems. We cover varied topics such as his opinions about Ruby and Rails, the impact of dynamic languages on web development, static versus dynamic typing, Sun's support of the JRuby project, Atom, and WS-* versus REST approaches to systems integration.

    Tim Bray on Rails, REST, XML, Java, and More
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    36:08
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