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Learning from Kent Beck

Here's a great post that I'm sure others have seen and posted. Three guys had the opportunity to do some prototyping with Kent Beck, the creator of TDD and thankfully, one of them, , documented it. I haven't ready Kent's implementation patterns book

The entire post is very long and detailed but I wanted to post some key takeaways as they apply to pretty much any project.

Make your code readable.  "Code is primarily means of communication."



KISS. "Apply simplicity at all levels."

Flexibility "Programs should be flexible in the ways they change, they should make common changes easy or at least easier. "

Approaches to coding. When thinking about Agile, people start creating sprints of 2 weeks or less. When prototyping, an even quicker sprint came up - "what would be the demo we would like to show at the end of the day. And his next question was what test to write."

Write tests that test needed functionality, at a high or u…

Awesome Tech Conference + Tablet = Great Reason to Register

Doug Hennig and Rick Schummer just posted about Southwest Fox's new registration incentive. Pre-register before July 1st, and you may win a Samsung Galaxy, iPad or Kindle Fire - something to suit your needs whether you be an Android, iOS or just an avid reader.

With pre-registration, you also get a pre/post con and a chance for $150 scholarship or Stonefield Query . Last year, there weren't a lot of pre-July 1 registrations so the chances of winning are HUGE!!!

As an aside, one of the sponsors of SW Fox is Lianja and I recently had an opportunity to talk with its founder and will be sharing that interview on the FoxShow later this week.

Article: Failure and Rescue

Failure and Rescue
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/06/atul-gawande-failure-and-rescue.html

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Article: For the Single Founder Who Can’t Code

For the Single Founder Who Can't Code
http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/03/for-the-single-founder-who-cant-code/

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Bit by a 7 year old Internet Explorer bug, er, feature

I arrived on the client's floor and didn't even have a chance to walk into the office.
"Stop everything - we need to solve this problem"

Sounds serious.

After deploying an existing ASP.Net application to a new server, a basic run-through test is typically done, making sure that everything is working. This time, however, nothing would work. The site would load, but as soon as the user did anything, it would return them to the launch page. We tried a different site and it worked fine. So it must be the configuration of IIS --- that was the general consensus.

What was happening was that the session variables used in the application were simply not being registered. So if you issued a Session("Variable") = "Andrew", it didn't error out but it also didn't set the variable.

But it wasn't. The kicker came when we installed Chrome and tried the site - it worked fine!
Now, I'm a big fan of browsers but I don't think the solution to a pr…