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Jul 28, 2007  –  Twitter as a Replacement for Beer

Julio doesn't like my blog -- it's too impersonal, not enough of me here for a friend. He's right of course, but I think Rands might have given me a solution in Twitter.

The problem is the tyranny of the pending entry. I typically have a queue of dev/testing/ci topics I want to blog and I find it hard to let more personal items jump the queue. In theory I could ignore that I still haven't shared the advice in On Writing Well that sounds like refactoring and dash off a note that Leanne has started he own softgoods workroom... but only in theory. My mind just doesn't seem to work like that.

Today though I read Rands description of Twitter as a yard sale for casual information and was interested. Then I read "I'd prefer to be drinking with y'all, but I'll take what I can get" and knew I had to sign-up.

If you're thinking it's been too long since we've had a beer together maybe you should sign up too?

Jul 25, 2007  –  Presentation tonight at BayXp

Tonight I'll be presenting a modified version of my upcoming Agile 2007 talk, To Catch A Bug, You Have to Think Like a Bug at the BayXP meeting hosted at Google in Mountain View.

I might also show off the new crap4j tool that we have been working on lately.

Jul 24, 2007  –  InfoWorld Review and Open Source Example InfoWorld has just published a review of AgitarOne version 4.1.1 where we received a rating of 8.1 or "Very Good". The reviewer spent plenty of time getting his hands dirty and came up with an evaluation we're proud of:
"…AgitarOne is an easy-to-use workgroup product that greatly facilitates the use of unit tests and helps sites get as much benefit as possible from this activity. The result is shorter QA and debugging cycles and much better predictability of the software process. For many sites with large, important Java projects, this solution is attractive and compelling. All such sites are likely to derive value that far exceeds the cost."
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Jul 10, 2007  –  CITCON Sydney Registration At 100!

I'm very excited that with two weeks remaining before the conference we've reached the 100 mark for registrations for CITCON Sydney. This is our fourth CITCON event but our first in Australia, so it is great to see so many people registered. We'll take up to 150 so if you're interested in attending, it's not too late to register. The conference will be July 27th and 28th, Friday night and then all day Saturday.

Btw, if you're not familiar with the Open Space conference format you might want to read this description. If you're still not sure if this format or event is for you, you might want to see what people have posted about past CITCONs on the web, or read the feedback from Dallas earlier this year.

Jul  2, 2007  –  Are you an Agitator?

We're always looking for bright engineers to add to our already amazing engineering team - but we're specifically looking to fill two positions ASAP - Senior Software Engineers for our core engine development and quality engineering teams.

Those of you familiar with our product would know that we solve some very tough problems ... most of our products work on problems which are defined NP-hard and then solve them to a reasonable and usable level.

So, if you're looking for a challenge and want to be surrounded by equally smart and bright individuals, if you dream algorithms, and if you have a passion to write and test software, then read the posting and apply for either the Senior Software Engineer or the Senior Quality Lead Engineer; other positions are also listed at

If you know someone else that could be a better fit, I would appreciate your forwarding this post to them ... thanks for your help!