Your language is not dead25 Feb, 2014
Meanwhile, I suspect 80% of programmers are still working on problems where their development velocity is a much bigger problem than how many hits their server can take before falling over. I dunno, maybe my view of the industry is skewed. I just don’t think there are really that many developers, statistically speaking, who can cite system capacity as their current problem #1. Or #2, or #3.
Excellent exposition of those interminable “language blah is dead” memes that just won’t quit.
(Having said that, if all you know is Lotusscript, well… you know).
Oh you’ve got to come to this...20 Feb, 2014
If you read the sites of my good friends and colleagues the Turtle Partnership, Matt White and the Wookiee (and why, pray, would you not?), you will be aware of a new, free event taking place in a month’s time.
On Friday, March 21st we are holding an informal techie(ish) get-together for those interested in collaborative technologies. This will take place in Soho, London, and will not be a sales-fest in any way—nor will it be vendor / platform-specific: come one, come all!
CSC Event will most definitely be an experiment. First, we’ve not done something like this before (“we” being The Turtles and us lot at the London Developer Co-op), and second, this is not going to be a bums-on-seats-listen-to-my-Powerpoint session, oh no.
We have a skeletal agenda which should give you a taste of the day. You will see that it is discussion-heavy, and this is intentional. For a start, no-one’s a fan of dry presentations, and in any case we want this to be a meaningful day, one that’s driven by you, our attendees! Of course, we will have moderators to begin, steer, and close discussions. We will also have brief structured sessions aimed at kick-starting chat. But ultimately the success of this endeavour rests with all of us (we’re just paying for it and hoping someone comes :-)).
We’re splitting the day into two broad “tracks”: more overtly technical discussion sitting alongside talks around life and work. Flip between the two as you fancy! I think that’s a great slant for an event such as this, and in addition to general moderator duties, I hope to be involved in one of our afternoon sessions looking at productivity, time management, all that good stuff.
On that note, the event is pretty much half-booked as I write (we’re intentionally limiting numbers), so if this sounds like something that floats your boat, please register, bring your talking shoes (eh?), and be prepared for a fun day. We look forward to seeing you!
ThoughtWorks release their Technology Radar29 Jan, 2014
Dropwizard is an opinionated combination of several lightweight Java tools and frameworks, many of which would merit mention in their own right. The package embodies many of our favorite techniques, including an embedded HTTP server, support for RESTful endpoints, built-in operational metrics and health-checks, and straightforward deployments. Dropwizard makes it easy to do the right thing, allowing you to concentrate on the essential complexity of a problem rather than the plumbing.
Treating velocity as productivity leads to unproductive team behaviors that optimize the metric at the expense of actual working software.
Read more: ThoughtWorks Technology Radar.