The long way through Software Craftsmanship

Trimming your plants

Apr 2, 2015 - 2 minute read - Comments - growing-softwaretrimmingagriculturegardeningsoftwarerefactorrefactoringgoos

This post belongs to the growing-software series Imagine this situation: the code works. You are at this stage Disregarding the tests, the production code is complete. Could be better, but it is ready if you are in a hurry. Now, picture your test as a plant in a plant pot: it might be healthy on the outside (external quality) but how are their roots (internal quality)? Do you imagine them in an ordered fashion or in a jungle of roots?

Category: Flow

Apr 1, 2015 - 1 minute read - Comments - flowbookcategorymetamihaly-csikszentmihalyi

This category is mainly dedicated to anything related or included in the book ‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’, written by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Note: This has been created a posteriori with a previous date

TDD microexercise: Tire pressure

Mar 31, 2015 - 2 minute read - Comments - microexerciseprepared-katasessionscbcn

Yesterday, Manuel Rivero and I facilitated a workshop using the tire pressure TDD microexercise. (More microexercises can be found in this category, also here) We scheduled the session as follows: 10 minutes introduction to the exercise 10 minutes to download the code and take a first look 10 minutes explanation about the exercise, what the problem is, etc 30 minutes for the attendees to explore the solution (on their own) 10 minutes for commenting the explored solutions, comments about it 40 minutes of prepared kata format 10 minutes of final explanations, questions and answers (Q&A) Total: 120 minutes or two hours, approximately

Books read in 2015Q1

Mar 31, 2015 - 1 minute read - Comments - bookreading2015Q1self-study

Books I’ve read this quarter Q1 on 2015, as inspired by Manuel, on this post: Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve your User Stories, by Gojko Adzic and David Evans Fun retrospectives by Taina Caetano and Paulo Caroli Implementation patterns by Kent Beck Clean code by Robert C. Martin; again Books started, not yet finished (WIP): The Well-Grounded Java Developer, by Benjamin J. Evans and Martijn Verburg Refactoring, by Martin Fowler, (with Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, and Don Roberts) Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided by Tests, by Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Note: I’ve written this list a posteriori, in May 2015)

Growing software according to the season

Mar 29, 2015 - 3 minute read - Comments - growing-softwarebuilding-softwareseasonagriculturegardeningsoftwareembedded-tweetgoos

This is the first post is of the growing-software series A few weeks ago, while reading the book Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided by Tests by Nat Pryce and Steve Freeman, I finally understood why the software needs to be grown and not built: .@natpryce @sf105 With the #goos book I finally grasped the importance of growing, not building software. Thanks for writing it — Alvaro Garcia (@alvarobiz) February 26, 2015 A few days ago, I was thinking about new inspiration sources and this came to my mind: If we want to grow software instead of building it, should we start looking at gardening and agriculture for new inspiration?

Meetup cross-pollination

Mar 25, 2015 - 1 minute read - Comments - meetupcross-pollinationbumble-beeale14agile-lean-europe-2014

Adrian Bolboaca has written a very interesting post on being a community bumble-bee. (Source can be found here) He goes on to explain how he has visited many meetups all over Europe and the big chunk of information and experience he has learned from them. He tells us about a selfish approach to organizing meetups: When one teaches two learn (apparently attributed to) Robert Heinlein, source I share this feeling of learning while teaching, as long as you reflect and analyze (e.