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ThoughtWorks embraces the individuality of the people in the organization and hence the opinions expressed in the blogs may contradict each other and also may not represent the opinions of ThoughtWorks.

Architecture Fundamentalism: Review of My 2016

I am writing code everyday, I thought I will never categorized myself as "unpractical" or "theoretical". However, after reviewing the learning journey of my 2016, I invented a word "Architecture Fundamentalism".

Architecture Fundamentalism: applying principle or architecture without context

That is exactly what I did, in retrospect. It is too hard to say it in my mother language, so I write my retrospection in English.
I learned the following experience in the hard way.

Idea 1: Adding test to regain confidence

The idea is simple. Test is important for agility. If you want people to have confidence and do more…

taowen
24 January 2017

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How to make UIImageView use certain portion of iPhone display

Create your UIImageView Then add following constraint by control dragging the UIImageView to the top and selecting And then adjusting the multiplier to whatever ration you want. 0.5 = 1/2 screen http://candycode.io/how-to-set-up-different-auto-layout-constraints-for-different-screen-sizes/        Filed under: iOS Tagged: autolayout

JR
24 January 2017

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Autolayout Preview assistant editor

To iterate faster on your autolayout use the preview assistant editor. Click the regular preview editor you would bring up for code against a storyboard Then click the Automatic word in the upper lift hand corner of window And Så mycket bättre! (so much better). Also you can then click the ‘+’ sign to dynamically […]

JR
24 January 2017

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Confessions of someone who should know better

Ever had that sickening feeling that you have lost some important data? I have been travelling a lot lately and arrived home to find that my personal blog site, this site, was down. I host this site via a hosting … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Mob Rule?

I was at a conference last year where I saw Woody Zuill talking about “Mob Programming”. You can see that talk here A very simple description of Mob programming, for those of you who don’t have time to watch Woody’s … Continue reading

davef
7 October 2016

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Test *Driven* Development

Before Test Driven Development (TDD) the only thing that applied a pressure for high-quality in software development was the knowledge, experience and commitment of an individual software developer. After TDD there was something else. High quality in software is widely … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Cycle-Time

Motivation is a slippery thing. My favourite example is described by the writer Dan Pink. He tells the true story of a Nursery who, like many Nurseries, had a problem with parents turning up late to collect their children. This … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Diversity

I inadvertently found myself in the middle of a minor Twitter storm on the topic of diversity. The organisers of a conference that I attended made some, to me, intemperate remarks on the subject. They were asked why there were … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Pair Programming – The Most Extreme XP Practice?

I was an early adopter of Extreme Programming (XP). I read Kent’s book when it was first released in 1999 and, though skeptical of some of the ideas, others resonated very strongly with me. I had been using something like … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Crucial Conversation

Just had a day of Spotify training around Crucial Conversation. It’s actually being quite good. It outlines a process around which how one can prepare for a crucial conversation one is about to have. The part I liked the most was how to prepare your message in three simple steps. State the facts. Say how […]

JR
24 January 2017

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The Anatomy of an Experimental Organisation

I am a software developer. I see the world from that perspective. In reality though that is only one viewpoint. While it is important that we are effective at delivering software, what really matters is that we are effective at … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Test Maintainability

At LMAX, where I worked for a while, they have extensive, world-class, automated acceptance testing. LMAX tests every aspect of their system and this is baked in to their development process. No story is deemed complete unless all acceptance criteria … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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How many test failures are acceptable?

Continuous Delivery is getting a lot of mileage at the moment. It seems to be an idea whose time has come. There was a survey last year that claimed that 66% of companies had a “Strategy for Continuous Delivery”. Not … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Incremental Design – Part II

In my earlier blog post on incremental design I suggested that we need to allow for failure. So how do we limit the impact of failure, how do we tell when our design choices don’t work and how do we … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Incremental Design – Part I

Continuous Delivery is all about making small changes. Work flows more easily, planning is simpler, error detection is helped and the time from idea to value is reduced when we make changes in small increments, but how do you solve … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Cargo-cult DevOps

My next blog post in the XebiaLabs “CD Master Series” is now available. DevOps is a very successful meme in our industry. Most organisations these days seem to be saying that they aspire to it, though they don’t necessarily know … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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The Reactive Manifesto

Over the past couple of months I have been helping out some friends to update the Reactive Manifesto. There are several reasons why I agreed to help. First I was asked to, by my old friend Martin Thompson. The most important reason … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Strategies for effective Acceptance Testing – Part II

The second part of my blog post on effective Acceptance Testing is now available on the XebiaLabs website… In my last blog post I described the characteristics of good Acceptance tests and how I tend to use a Domain Specific Language … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Sorry to any real readers…

A few weeks ago I switched on the feature in WordPress that allows users to sign-up for notifications when I write a new post. If you are a real person who signed up, I am very sorry but I am … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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Strategies for effective Acceptance Testing

My second guest blog post for XebiaLabs is the first of two parts. It is on the topic of “Strategies for Effective Acceptance Testing” “Automated testing is at the heart of any good Continuous Delivery process and I see automated … Continue reading

davef
24 January 2017

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