This article in Dr. Dobbs claims an obsession with code simplicity exists among some (i.e. agile) programmers. It refers to that old received hacker wisdom that any fool can write complex code, but it takes real talent to write simple code. The author attacks this point of view, saying that in reality some problems are ... more
(This is an old draft article that I rediscovered.) A while ago, while obtaining my regular fix of Ben Goldacre's pronouncements over at the Bad Science blog, something Ben had had cause briefly to explain lodged into my mind. In a mere couple of sentences, Ben explained what a "grand round" is in the world ... more
On Friday 19th, a few colleagues and I had a very pleasant Skype chat with Kent Beck. He had been trying to get our tool Saros working, so he could pair program JUnit with his fellow authors, but came stuck on a couple of networking issues. So, we conducted a Saros session with him, helped ... more
The kind fellows at the Planet Eclipse community have consented to aggregate this blog as a resource for the dissemination of information on Saros. They have recommended that I author a post to serve as a beginner's guide. To that end, I've put together a new static page about Saros. Enjoy.
On Friday, the Software Engineering Workgroup of Freie Universität delivered the latest release of Saros, the Eclipse plug-in that enables you to use the editor to perform distributed party programming. Version 10.5.28 brings you, in addition to a host of bugfixes, yet another new feature you won't find in competing products (how are liking this ... more