Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Brian Swan's slides - TDD pitfalls.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ruby on Rails training - Edinburgh, November

Hi everyone,  
If you are interesed in Ruby on Rails then you may be interested in this training course, taking place in November, in Edinburgh.  IMHO, this is world class stuff and a very rare opportunity.
Here are the detais, from long time AgileScotlander, Paul Wilson, who writes:
Over the past five year Ruby has moved from being a language of hobbyists to to the main stream of business application development, and a much-sought after skill.  While this has been largely down to the tremendous success of the Ruby on Rails web framework, Ruby is much bigger Rails.  It is finding popularity in niches in areas such as  Enterprise integration, and in acceptance testing of .Net and Java applications through the Cucumber testing framework.
We're excited to announce Ruby and Rails training here in the UK (Edinburgh)  from Ruby stars Jim Weirich and Joe O'Brien, assisted by Paul Wilson.
Jim Weirich is a cornerstone of the Ruby community.  Amongst other things, he is responsible for Rake, the Ruby build tool, Flexmock, XML Builder, and much of RubyGems.  He is also one of the keynotes for next year's Scottish Ruby Conference, along with Tim Bray.
Joe is also an experienced programmer and instructor.  He has spoken recently  in Edinburgh on the business case for Ruby.  He also organises an Enterprise Ruby Conference in the US, and organises Columbus Ruby Brigade.
Paul is a Ruby coder, recovering Java programmer, and co-owner of EdgeCase UK.  He is an active member of the local Ruby and Agile communities, and co-organiser of the Scotland on Rails conference.  He has spoken on a range of topics at events including European Rails Conference, The Naked Agilist Conference, and as a guest lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian and Napier Universities
Two courses are being offered:-
9-10 November:  Vital Ruby is a two day course that will bring you up to speed on the language, the environment and the tools that surround the Ruby language.  This course also provides a glimpse into the culture and community that is such an important ingredient to success.  Test-driven development is a natural part of what we do and will be reflected in this two day course.
11-13 November: Vital Rails is a three day course that will leave you production-ready for building web applications.  We drive through the major components of Rails, while building an actual application that you will be able to take home with you and look at as you develop the next killer app.  Learn how to build, test and deploy a web application and all the pieces that go along with it.  Learn how to use plugins, how to use ActiveRecord as a stand alone ORM and see how to test your application in units or as a whole.  This course has something for everyone.
These courses are being offered at special introductory and Early Bird rates.  Booked on or before October 26 :-
- Vital Ruby: £495
- Vital Rails: £790
- Combined courses: £1120
After October 26:
- Vital Ruby: £595
- Vital Rails: £890
- Combined courses: £1220
You should book by following the link below:
PS You can see Jim in action talking about "The Building Blocks of Modularity" and both Joe and Jim in "The EdgeCase Dialogue" (Day 2) at Scotland on Rails here:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

[AgileScotland] October 26th, Glasgow: Avoiding the Pitfalls that Cripple Test Driven Development

Hi  everyone,
Here's a great chance to hear from one of Scotland and the UK's best Agile/XP coaches about how to do TDD in a way that makes it stick. 
Brian Swan is presenting an AgileScotland session on "Avoiding the Pitfalls that cripple Test Driven Development".  The talk will start at 7pm, sharp, on Monday the 26th of October, at Dell's Glasgow software development centre in the City Park, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow.  Send me a note if you'd like to book a spot and get joining instructions.  My thanks to Paula Heenan, from Dell, who has kindly sponsored this venue.
Here's Brian's outline and bio:
Test Driven Development is now more than 10 years old yet is still causing controversy as a development technique. Common pitfalls can reduce the value of Test Driven Development, this talk will highlight those pitfalls to help teams and individuals get the maximum benefit from this powerful technique.
Brian has been developing software professionally for nearly fourteen years and since 1999 has been applying agile practices, primarily Extreme Programming, to the projects he has been involved with.
Brian has worked in a variety of languages from COBOL and Visual Basic to Java and Ruby, with a smattering of C# and Objective-C. He has
successfully led a variety of teams transitioning to Agile, and trained both developers and managers in Agile thinking and practice.
Brian told me that anyone who is interested in agile software development will find the session useful, but the folk who'd get the most benefit are probably already doing TDD but struggling because they're not got some of the basics quite right.
Remember: if you want a spot then please send me an email:  We've only got room for 20-25 people so don't leave it until the last minute.
p.s. We've had to delay Peter Aitken's Cucumber session for a few months due to work related travel commitments.  Our November session will be a nice gentle introduction to Kanban and Flow systems from Rob Lally.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

fw: Ruby, The Agile Language. Edinburgh, Thursday 8 October.

This looks like an excellent session.  It's nice to see Ruby taking off.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Wilson <>

Hi all,

It's great we've got already some talks lined up for October and
November.  Here's another one for next week: top Rubyist and Agilist,
Joe O'Brien, is going to be in Scotland next week and he's agreed to
talk on "Ruby, The Agile Language" next week in Edinburgh.  This
should nicely complement  Pete's talk on Cucumber, as Acceptance
Testing using Cucumber is one way Ruby is making inroads into
enterprise Java and .Net development.

The talk starts around 19:30  at The Edinburgh Training Centre, 16 St
Mary's Street, EH1 1SU.

Full details are here:

I'm afraid numbers are limited.  Follow the link below to sign up (for
free).  (Don't worry about filling in all he fields  - just name and

Paul Wilson

Scotland on Rails