Category Archives: Opinion


Think a Bit, Code a Bit, Test a Bit

The best piece of advice I ever got regarding a personal software development process was from a grizzled old Unix developer with a neckbeard. OK, that’s not true – it was actually from a clean-shaven principal consultant and architect at … Continue reading

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JavaOne 2013 Day Zero

The 18th JavaOne started this Sunday in San Francisco. Covering three hotels in downtown SF, Hilton, Parc55 and Nikkon and with keynotes in the Moscone Centre, Oracle OpenWorld is hands down the biggest conference I’ve ever attended.  It covers 5 … Continue reading

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Backbone Is Not Enough

Having spent the last 18 months or so working with Backbone.js, I’ve formed the following opinion: Backbone is not enough for building large single-page applications (SPAs). Sure, you and your team may be able to get your app across the … Continue reading

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Learning About Risk Management at YOW! Conference 2012

This year was my first attendance at the YOW! Conference, and I am very happy I was able to go. The conference was well-organised with great speakers and thought-provoking presentations. Fascinating to me was that several themes recurred in different … Continue reading

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JSConf Down Under: A Conference Report

I attended JSConf Down Under yesterday. The conference format was quite straightforward: one day, one stream, nine speakers. In this post I’ll talk about the three things at the conference that had the biggest impression on me: Brendan Eich’s presentation … Continue reading

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On Pair Programming

Working on a project that used pair programming was something that I’d wanted to try for a long time but had never had the opportunity to do. Consequently, when a chance came up to work on a project where the … Continue reading

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Yow! Developer Conference Brisbane.

Yow! Brisbane 2011 I recently had the pleasure of attending the Brisbane Yow! Conference.  This was a great conference with talks to interest developers across many languages platforms and experience. This blog is a summary of the more interesting talks … Continue reading

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