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Agile IT Experience, Day one

The day is over. The bar is still going strong, but too much smoke for me… and I’ve been in enough sessions on the day after a night of partying at a conference and I just dont have it in

Posted in Agile, code, ProfessionalStuff, Uncategorized

Off to Agile IT Experience Tomorrow.

Well, a colleague and I are off to Agile IT Experience in Reston, VA tomorrow. It runs Thursday, Friday, and a half day Saturday. Im so ready for it. There look to be a lot of very good sessions and

Posted in Agile, code, mikewitters.com, ProfessionalStuff, SoftwareDev

The sleepy software bug.

First thing this morning I got an email with ‘high’ priority. The subject was ‘The Learning Center seems to be down’. We’ve been having a lot of problems with the product that underlies our ‘Learning Center’ application lately (we’re currently

Posted in code, LifeLessons, ProfessionalStuff, SoftwareDev

Unit Testing: The proving grounds for the team

After weeks of development a change in a fundamental aspect of the domain has surfaced. To outsiders (read: the business) this change may seem insignificant, but to people who write lines of code, it is understandably a relatively big issue.

Posted in Agile, code, java, SoftwareDev

Value Objects vs Tool/Framework Bean Req’s

A recurring scenario is annoying me. The scenario is this: Create a value object, in the Domain-Driven Design sense, and use it in a Hibernate persisted domain model. Following the DDD style, a value object shouldn’t have a default constructor,

Posted in Agile, code, java, SoftwareDev

I'll be heading to Agile ITX this summer

For a long time my career had me doing a whole lot of product installations and integrations where domain models and agile development didn’t necessarily fit.  Any conferences or training I attended was based on specific product issues

Posted in Agile, code, java

I’ll be heading to Agile ITX this summer

For a long time my career had me doing a whole lot of product installations and integrations where domain models and agile development didn’t necessarily fit.  Any conferences or training I attended was based on specific product issues

Posted in Agile, code, java

Checking out the dynamic language scene (Briefly)

Here in the midwest we were inundated with a massive snow storm this weekend.  I took the time I was stuck inside to finally give Groovy (and Grails) a day long once over.  Recently I have checked out Scala and

Posted in code, java

Hibernating with WebSphere and a non-journaling DB2/400 system

A few years ago, I worked as a consultant at a company that used DB2/400 as its main database platform.  The company did not have journaling ‘turned on’ so their database platform did not support transactions/commit control.  This did seem odd

Posted in code, java, OpenSource, Portal, SoftwareDev

Open source application servers. A tough decision ahead for us.

One of the cool things about the new job I will _officially_ be starting in November is that we are going to look to use open source tools first.  The biggest choice we have to make on that front is

Posted in code, java, OpenSource, ProfessionalStuff, SoftwareDev

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