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Apr 27, 2007  –  CITCON Dallas, Open Spaces, Conversations First CITCON sign at AATCCI'm in Dallas now and most of the really hard work is done: we have space, we have sponsors, we have people coming. There are signs up, rooms, chairs, flip charts. We have drink tickets, food vouchers, and a continually replentished break station. What is left are some fiddily details like putting together almost 100 bags to handout to the attendees with sponsor materials, gifts and t-shirts. That leaves plenty of energy and attention leftover to spend on nervous anticipation...

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Apr 16, 2007  –  Webinar: Continuous Integration and Testing Register now to attend a free webinar on how to implement continuous integration and testing. April 18th, 9-10 am PDT.
Apr 11, 2007  –  Final Days to Register for CITCON Dallas 2007

This Friday the 13th is the final day to register for CITCON, the Continuous Integration and Testing Conference. CITCON Dallas/Ft. Worth will be held Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center which is right outside the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport in Texas.

CITCON is different from a standard conference in a couple of ways:

  • It is free, but scheduled for a Friday night and Saturday. This means the people who attend are the people who are passionate enough about the topic to give up some of their personal time, rather than those people who are able to have their companies pay for it.
  • It is an open spaces event. So rather than going from talk to talk and hoping to hear something of interest the attendees build the agenda, with each topic an interactive discussion.

If you've ever attended a conference and left feeling that the best part of the conference was the hallway conversation, then you should understand the appeal of the CITCON format. (At least this is the appeal for me!)

Past CITCON events (Chicago & London) had a fantastic mix of people, including CI and testing tool makers, very experienced authors and consultants, new and experienced Agile practitioners. CITCON Dallas promises more of the same.

Hope to see you there.

Apr  9, 2007  –  Dell XPS Showing JUnit Status Jason Yip pointed me to Eclipse Plug-in by Litrik de Roy that'll let you use use your Dell XPS to show the results of your JUnit tests. I can imagine telling the team "please don't interrupt me when my laptop is red."
Apr  6, 2007  –  What Color Are My Tests?

I came across a nice quote from Ron Jeffries in answer to the eternal question about the color of the tests that result from TDD.

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 –  Triangular Honey from Triangular Bees

I hosted a JUnit Factory presentation a few days ago (you can watch it online if you missed it first time around) and spent a fair amount of time talking about the Triangle sample in the JUnit Factory demo.

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Apr  5, 2007  –  Web Technology Cheat Sheets

There are a handful of web technologies that I use a lot. It's handy to have a cheat sheet around for when I can't remember whether it's switch-case or choose-when or if-test-else.

Here are a few that I use all the time:

Any more I should know about?

Apr  2, 2007  –  Good development depends on good testing

Sometimes an aphorism like “good development depends on good communication” doesn’t really sink in until it hits you upside the head. I experienced the reality behind this particular maxim recently when I expanded the number of developers on an open source project from one developer, myself, to two.

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