Community report: Melbourne Alt.net lightning talk 3–An agent of change

Here is the third lightning talk at the August Melbourne Alt.Net lightning talk night.

Here are links to the 4 lightning talks at the August 2010 meeting

  1. Monotouch – Mark Trinder
  2. CouchDB – Andrew Browne
  3. My experience as an agent of change – Jimmy P
  4. Reactive Javascript – Tarn Barford

In this talk Jimmy P. (@pjimmy) gives a very frank and open retrospective of his experiences acting as an “agent of change”. It was good to hear him being so honest about how they started the project with great goals, “this time we will do things RIGHT”, “we will do everything Agile this time, we can’t fail”, but even with the best intentions things still went wrong.

Thanks a lot for this talk Jimmy.


http://www.vimeo.com/16585170

By David Burela

Community report: Melbourne Alt.net lightning talk 2–CouchDB

The second lightning talk at the August Melbourne Alt.Net lightning talk night.

Here are links to the 4 lightning talks at the August 2010 meeting

  1. Monotouch – Mark Trinder
  2. CouchDB – Andrew Browne
  3. My experience as an agent of change – Jimmy P
  4. Reactive Javascript – Tarn Barford

In this talk Andrew Browne (@adbrowne) gives an overview of how to use CouchDB


http://www.vimeo.com/16583316

By David Burela

Azure free to trial for 30 days

If you currently have an MSDN account (paid for or a Bizspark account), then you should be taking advantage of the 750 free compute hours you get each month. Just look at your subscriber benefits.

However if you still haven’t been able to give Windows Azure a try, you are now able to get a 30 day free trial https://blogs.technet.com/b/webtech/archive/2010/11/24/it-s-back-30-days-windows-azure-platform-no-credit-card-required.aspx

By David Burela

Community report: Melbourne Alt.net lightning talk 1–Monotouch

I’m going through my backlog of videos I did with my old camera. Here is the next series of them, lightning talks that were done at the Melbourne Alt.net

Here are links to the 4 lightning talks at the August 2010 meeting

  1. Monotouch – Mark Trinder
  2. CouchDB – Andrew Browne
  3. My experience as an agent of change – Jimmy P
  4. Reactive Javascript – Tarn Barford

In this talk Mark Trinder (@mtrinder) shows how you can program C# on an iPhone using Monotouch


http://www.vimeo.com/16581491

By David Burela

Community report: Code Camp Oz 2010–Liam McLennan on BDD

Liam McLennan talks about ways that you can use StoryQ to assist in “Behaviour Driven Development”. Using StoryQ allows you to write tests to verify that your application contains the behaviours that are required, and outputs a nicely formatted page that can be viewed by “the business” to check that the app is doing what it should.

I got a new camera to record the presentations on, a Canon 550D with a shotgun microphone. I’m still learning how to use it, so the audio quality is greatly improved over my previous videos, but in this case I put the tripod on an angle, and didn’t focus completely correctly. Beginners mistakes


http://vimeo.com/17105869

More videos from day 2 of Code Camp 2010

By David Burela

Developer Blog Banter #3: Project post-mortem

It is nearing the end of the year and many of you would be near the end of your projects. I thought this would be a good time to look back and reflect on one of the projects you completed this year. The best way for us to learn is to reflect on what we have done, and analyse what we could have done better. This leads us to the Developer Blog Banter topic for this round.

We start on new projects with good intentions, but how often do we reflect on what we have done to see if we got to where we had planned?
Take your current or recent project one and discuss it. What were your intentions at the beginning of the project (to do it “right” this time, 80% code coverage, get it out by a deadline, learn a new technology, etc.). What compromises did you end up having to take. And what would you change if you could do it all over again.

As usual, comment on this post when you join the Developer Blog Banter and I’ll add your response below

Participants

  1. David Tchepak – Lessons learned from an Agile project

By David Burela