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Is focusing on quality stealing from the customer?
We had a crisis in our team last week. One of our teammates left. It all started off with a discussion while pairing on a task with John (not his real name). I found a method did not belong in a certain class, while John didn't care, but didn't want to change it. We started a discussion that ended up into a heated debate about code quality. The two positions were: having readable code leads to a higher velocity checking in code that just works gets us to the deadline During the sprint retrospective, ......

Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2011 12:21 PM

From Call of Duty to reading code like a poem...
I recently bought Call Of Duty: Black Ops for the PC. It's a really realistic and challenging game, and my kids love it. However, if you want to share a gaming experience, you want to have different profiles for each player in the family. No luck with CoD:BO though. The game doesn't support mutliple profiles. I started looking around on the internet for known solutions and stumbled upon this guy who made his own multi-profile CoD:BO launcher. I was quick to notice that it was a .net 3.5 app, probably ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:08 PM

Bye bye Quicksilver, hello Alfred
I've been using the application launcher Quicksilver on my Mac for about a year and a half now. It was the first app I installed. However, with Quicksilver, I've never been able to go further than the basic launching of applications. Maybe it's because I didn't put much effort in learning the tool. Maybe it's because I'm too used to the windows-based Launchy. A few days ago, I stumbled upon a review of an alternative launcher: Alfred. I downloaded and installed it. I have been using it for about ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 12:29 PM

Teaching Principles, Patterns and Practices in .net
I recently got the opportunity to teach a 3 day course on the subject of "Principles, Patterns and Practices in .net". I must say it was a fun and enriching experience. I have never taught a course before, so I decided to go off the beaten path and do a little experiment in format. No need to copy existing formats that can be found everywhere else in Belgium. Format I took the excellent Head First Design Patterns as a guide to run through each pattern in the same way: - show an existing implementation ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2010 11:03 PM

One year ago...
I was in awe before the master himself. A week of absolute code bliss with Jean-Paul Boodhoo. It has really been a life changing experience. I know it has changed me and the way I look at code. My focus has changed radically. I now find myself being a nag with team members. Make it work first, then make it as humanly readable as possible. Or maybe it shoul dbe "Make it as readable as humanly possible"...I just read the five blog entries I wrote back then, and I'm amazed at the endurance that was ......

Posted On Thursday, September 24, 2009 11:11 PM

Gmail was down, so what?
Gmail was down a few days ago. That's a big deal, right? Or was it?Shamelessly reproduced from http://www.modelmetrics.com... It's a bit outdated with this recent outage, but the idea behind the post renders exactly how I feel about it.Gmail experienced an outage in Europe overnight. There’s some handwringing and frustration about it. But you know what? I don’t care. Here’s why.1. The last significant Gmail outage looks to have been in August. ......

Posted On Friday, September 4, 2009 9:19 PM

Speaking at XP days in november
Yippee, I will be speaking at the upcoming XP days in Mechelen. This is a first for me, and I'm really excited about this. Pascal Mestdach and myself have submitted a session on Agile Acceptance testing with FitNesse. It just got approved ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 2, 2009 11:14 PM

Isn't this sad?
I was just browsing around and stumbled on this nice site called www.mysterytopia.com. It lists different categories of mysteries, ranging from the classic ancient mysteries to space and astronomy. The first page I hit was "It's official: cows point norht". That's when my eye caught the Belgian flag in the ads rectangle. I realized this was a live traffic feed telling the world who was watching the site at this time, and that I was on top sporting "Vilvoorde, Brabant: It's official: cows point north". ......

Posted On Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:23 PM

Sharing book experiences
Bart Deleye pointed me to this nice site called Shelfari. This site allows you to share the books you've read, the books you liked, ratings, reviews, ... I know this has been done before. I just liked the application's smoothness. Visit shelfari and tell me if you liked it. My bookshelf can be found here: http://www.shelfari.com/o15... I also have this bookshelf widget on the side of my blog ......

Posted On Friday, October 24, 2008 12:45 PM

Dilbert's 404 page

Just had a laugh over dinner about the famous Dilbert 404 cartoon.

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Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:54 PM

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