Mainly inspired by this article, I proposed that we make submissions anonymous for SPA2013. The committee (four of us) discussed what we thought the outcome would be for some time, before deciding to just try it and see how it worked out. And here's the answer.
I learnt three very interesting things recently, courtesy of the brilliant Dan Carley.
Not much I can offer as a taster here - you'll have to Read more...
The first day at a new job is always a bit nerve-wracking. In a recent session at SPA 2013, we came up with some things a developer joining a new team can do to get up to speed quickly.
I often find myself viewing life through the lens of software development, a bit like when you play too much Tetris and all your friends turn into shapes. But recent events have made me think: maybe other things actually would be better if they were more like software development?
I needed to write some code. Thanks to George Brocklehurst, I was no longer content to do this on my personal laptop using gedit – I required Vim.
But I could not upgrade Vim!
Today I learned from the awesome bob how to add storage to a box, including partitioning, mounting, and other things I'd heard of but had never done myself.
I want to share this great idea about estimating that came from the excellent Mazz Mosley. Instead of worrying about estimating in hours or days, estimate in story points as follows:
After some time muddling through with Perl, I have accepted the inevitable – it's time to actually knuckle down and learn it properly. I have acquired some books, but I also require some direction – so I asked my excellent colleague and friend Mark Norman Francis to write a brief guest post for my blog.
I had a really inspiring chat with Matt Biddulph about D3 this week. He showed me some really cool things. I made some notes.
The last thing I wrote about was the CAP Theorem. Last week, Tom Hall visited our office and gave a very interesting talk, the central thesis of which was that the CAP Theorem, as often explained, is incorrect – or at least not very meaningful.
This week I learned some things about MongoDB. One of them was about how it fits in with the CAP theorem.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think this diagram from my excellent new colleague Mat Wall while he was explaining it to me says everything: