A Little Town called Milton

There is a small town in the South Island of New Zealand called Milton. The main road runs right through the town in one side and out the other. Its a nice enough place to stop on a road trip. There is a unique feature to this main road in…

You can't out-exercise a bad diet

I heard a great quote yesterday: You can't out-exercise a bad diet And this is a great metaphor for technical debt. We all agree that you need to pay down your tech debt in your software. And it's great to commit to addressing a little technical debt during each sprint.…

Code Katas

Our team recently went through the Bowling Game Kata (as seen on Clean Code) from Uncle Bob. Here are some interesting learnings and takeaways from the session that I picked up on. Practice makes perfect The only way to get good at something is to practice. The concept of doing…

How to Constructors

Constructors for services are a really handy way to pass in configuration, variation and dependencies. Here are some ways I have learned to use Constructors and some ideas on testing. What shouldn't be in a Constructor Execution. Any complex execution of code should not be in a constructor. This includes…

Guess Who's Back?

Ok, so not that big a leap, it's just me. Six months later me. Moved to the UK me. I've taken the plunge and moved away from Windy Wellington in little old New Zealand to a place in the UK called Milton Keynes. Famous for wide streets, round-a-bouts and concrete…

Building a better development team

Last November I helped out with the Wellington contingent of the Global Day of Coderetreat. It was a great day to explore strategies and techniques to improve your code and expand your knowledge of patterns and practices. This is a great event and I highly recommend looking out for it…

Action Hero Style Software Development

I just read a really awesome post about software development using the analogy of Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal. Definately worth a read and brings forward some good points about software development. Check it out. http://www.intergen.co.nz/blog/chris-klug/dates/2010/3/software-development-action-hero-style/…