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Sold out QCon kicks off in London: big data, mobile, cloud, HTML 5

QCon London has just started in London, and I’m interested to see that it is both bigger than last year and also sold out. I should not be surprised, because it is usually the best conference I attend all year, being vendor-neutral (though with an Agile bias), wide-ranging and always thought-provoking.

A few more

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Review: Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble and David Farley

I like this book. I know I like it because I find myself wanting to quote from it frequently. It is a book that almost every software developer should read, even if you disagree with parts of it – which is likely, because it is opinionated. The authors always give reasons for their opinions though,

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QCon London kicks off with call to rediscover Agile, use open source

I’m at the QCon developer conference in London – one of my favourite developer conferences of the year because of its breadth and energy.

The opening keynote was from Craig Larman who spoke on doing lean and agile development – in particular, the Scrum methodology – with large multi-site teams. He means sizeable product groups

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QCon London 2010 report: fix your code, adopt simplicity, cool .NET things

I’m just back from QCon London, a software development conference with an agile flavour that I enjoy because it is not vendor-specific. Conferences like this are energising; they make you re-examine what you are doing and may kick you into a better place. Here’s what I noticed this year.

Robert C Martin from Object

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Technology trends: Silverlight, Flex little use says Thoughtworks as it Goes Google

Today Martin Fowler at Thoughtworks tweeted a link to the just-published Thoughtworks Technology Radar [pdf] paper, which aims to “help decision makers understand emerging technologies and trends that affect the market today”. It is a good read, as you would expect from Thoughtworks, a software development company with a bias towards

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Adobe’s chameleon Flash shows its enterprise colours

Duane Nickull is Senior Technical Evangelist at Adobe and co-author of Web 2.0 Architectures which I reviewed recently. He is also Duane Chaos of grunge band 22nd Century and entertained us at the Adobe MAX party last night in Los Angeles.

It’s appropriate that he works for Adobe, whose Flash runtime has parallel chameleon

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Beck on Agile: it’s all about the team

Kent Beck is really a relationship consultant, or should that be counsellor? This is not a bad thing. Beck gave a keynote this morning here at Qcon and talked a bit about techie topics like frequent deployment (he claims that Flickr deploys every half an hour) and creating more tests more often, but the main

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