Category Archives: Opinion


CITCON Australia/New Zealand 2010 – Day 2 (Part 1)

Day 2 started at 9am with the early attendees ‘refactoring’ the talks to fit into the schedule, this involved spreading the most voted talks into larger rooms, combining talks around similar topics, and at the same time making sure that … Continue reading

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CITCON Australia/New Zealand 2010 – Day 1

I attended CITCON A/NZ 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. CITCON is an unconference on Continuous Integration and Testing, it uses an open space format (which worked really really well), and CITCON rocked! (more about this later)

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Rich clients – Welcome back old friend

My name is Mark. And I like rich clients. There, I said it. I don’t like web applications. I never got Gmail as an interface. It never quite worked the way I wanted it to. I like eBay as a … Continue reading

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Sun Developer Day 2008

The following is a write-up of the highlights during the Sun Developer Day which I just attended. The early day kicked off with the usual registration and light refreshments before moving on to the ballroom for the opening keynote by … Continue reading

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Be Lazy: Automate Everything

One of my pet hates in software development is repetitive tasks: a complicated deployment process, tricky configuration of an application, repetitive editing motions that are just a little too messy for a find/replace. All of the above have, in the … Continue reading

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Clearing the SCJP Hurdle

Having accomplished one of my main short term goals in life, I thought I would reflect on the recent events that earned me my first certification outside of Uni. You might be thinking, whats the big deal about answering a … Continue reading

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But I want to make an omelette … !

Some people love it, others hate it – many people just don’t get it. So what is Test Driven Development ? Wikipedia has a page on it, there are heaps of blogs talking about it and our own Ben Teese … Continue reading

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Iterations, increments or Sprints ?

So what’s in a name … ? Does it matter what you call your chunks of work ? In many ways it doesn’t – different people use the terms inter-changeably. Sprint is specifically a Scrum term, XP tends to use … Continue reading

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Google Programming and the Dangers of the Cargo Cult

A while ago Mark blogged on his experiences learning Rails using screencasts. Around this time he also confessed to me that he accomplished many things in Rails simply by doing a Google search for it. I thought I’d try a … Continue reading

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The Nokia Test – Are you doing Scrum ?

If you think you are doing Scrum, how do you know ? There are lots of good books around, but – whilst Scrum is deliberately quite simple – it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the principles. Over … Continue reading

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