I’ve been asked to present at the Agile Peterborough meetup this Wednesday, 20th March.
I’m really pleased that the organisers have asked me and that we have had so many folks register for the event. There is a growing software development and craftsmanship community centered on companies based in and around Peterborough and I’m delighted to support the group.
The talk is one of my favourites, Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon. I’ve given this previously for both clients and at Agile on the Beach and it’s always a fun topic.
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I was asked to present this year at the 33rd Degree conference on Java Micro-services and i’ve finally managed to get the slides up on slideshare.
You can find them here.
I would like to thank the conference organisers since I had a really interesting week with some great feedback. I really need to write a bit more on the topic since it seemed the topic was useful and interesting for people.
Thanks everyone who attended. Hope to see you again next year.
With my colleague Ian Cartwright, I recently delivered a talk on programming language adoption at ThoughtWorks EU Quarterly Technology Briefing.
The video can be found here
Gone are the days when your company was limited to C++ or Java. The last few years have seen an explosion of programming languages promising “10x more productivity” or a “quicker return on investment” but what is the reality behind these claims? Programming language choice has an impact far beyond the immediate, after all COBOL applications still perform billions of business critical transactions every day and an estimated 86-94%* of software cost is incurred post development. In addition, the world of computing is changing, Moore’s Law still holds, but in an unexpected way – we can no longer rely on faster CPUs to boost performance, instead we need to have multiple CPU cores. So what does this mean for language choice in the Enterprise? This Quarterly Technology Briefing will explore these dilemmas and offer practical advice on how to balance often opposing concerns; stability vs innovation; fast to market vs easy to maintain; fashion vs staff retention; etc. We’ll do this by looking at historical motivations for changing patterns of language use and ask which of those, alongside which new forces and pressures should we be considering today.
I’m chuffed that I’ve been asked to speak at the 33rd Degree conference which runs 19th – 21st of March in Krakow, Poland.
I’m going to be speaking on building micro services in java – something I’ve been advocating for a while (and will get around to writing up sometime soon…). Talk synopsis follows:
Micro services – Java, the Unix Way
“Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together” was accepted 40 years ago yet we have spent the last decade building monolithic applications, communicating via bloated middleware and with our fingers crossed that Moore’s Law keeps helping us out. There is a better way.
Micro services. In this talk we will discover a consistent and reinforcing set of tools and practices rooted in the the Unix Philosophy of small and simple. Tiny applications, communicating via the web’s uniform interface with single responsibilities and installed as well behaved operating system services. So, are you sick of wading through tens of thousands of lines of code to make a simple one line change? Of all that XML? Come along and check out what the cools kids are up to (and the cooler grey beards).
This is a talk about building micro-services using simple java tools
Update: The talk went really well I’m pleased to say. I guess Lego and Star Wars really appeals to most geeks…
Video and slides can be found here
I’d like to say a big thank you to the organisers – a first event and an unquestionable success.
Upcoming talk: Lean and Lego – Building the Millenium Falcon
Location: Agile on the Beach – Cornwall
Dates: 15th – 16th September
I’m really pleased to be giving a talk on lean practices at the 2011 Agile on the beach conference. The talk is a slightly irreverent one, using our experiences at ThoughtWorks London of building the largest Lego set ever produced to introduce the ideas of self organisation, continuous improvement and lean practices. I’ll cover a bunch of more involved ideas from Lean too – cycle time and the like. I’m dead chuffed, as the speaker list is good and the location promises to be beautiful.
If you are interested in Agile Development or Software Engineering and live in the South West, or even want a break on the beach whilst seeing world class keynote speakers (not me) then come along – it should be fun.