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Resist the "Just in Case"

Of all the projects I have worked on a big regret has been; adding complexity where it was not needed. I was recently reminded of, how easy it is to fall into that trap. We are in the process of developing a new feature for...


Samir Talwar is our first craftsman

We are very happy to announce that Samir Talwar is joining us as our first craftsman. Mash and I first met Samir back in October 2010, when he joined LSCC. Samir became a very active LSCC member, ran many technical sessions, became an LSCC Associate,...


Starting a Software Craftsmanship Community

Two people that meet regularly are already a community. The first thing to know if you want to start a community is that it is much simpler than you think. You just need another person that is keen to meet regularly and a public space...


Test Deafness

A few months ago I was talking to a musician friend of mine. He is also Brazilian, same age as me, and moved to the UK on the same year I did. As we were talking about music, I mentioned I like punk rock. He...


My birthday wish list

Today is my birthday. Yay! And since today is all about me, I will choose what I want as a present. As a developer, here's what I want: I want developers to be empowered to do whatever they need to do to satisfy the real...


Project Documentation

Our project has a number of places where we keep documentation. To name but a few we have a Wiki, Sharepoint Site, Jira etc. When I want to know something that is specific to my project the first place I look is my e-mail archive...


Spring Integration based Dispatcher-Worker with Worker Queues

In the back-office world the central concept in most of the systems is one of a Trade. A Trade has many events (e.g. Inception, Amend, Novation, Termination). Generally events from different trades can be processed in parallel because they have no interdependencies, however, events from...


Screencast: Testing and Refactoring Legacy Code

In this screencast I take a small piece of legacy Java code that contains the most common problems found in much larger legacy code bases. The objective is to first write tests to understand what the code does and then refactor it to make it...


The Wrong Notion of Time

No one wakes up in the morning and say "Today I'm gonna screw up. Today I'm gonna piss my boss and all my team mates off writing the worst code I could possibly write". Well, there are always exceptions but normally no one does that....


Speed Reading

It's not often you read a book that changes your perceptions. Speed Reading by Susan Norman/Jan Cisek is one of them. I've always loved reading books but had felt that I read very slow. According to the book reading has many types and you employ...


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