July 10, 2017

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Codemanship Bite-Sized - 2-Hour Trainng Workshops for Busy Teams

One thing that clients mention often is just how difficult it is to make time for team training. A 2 or 3-day course takes your team out of action for a big chunk of time, during which nothing's getting delivered.

For those teams that struggle to find time for training, I've created a spiffing menu of action-packed 2-hour code craft workshops that can be delivered any time from 8am to 8pm.

Choose from:

  • Test-Driven Development workshops

    • Introduction to TDD

    • Specification By Example/BDD

    • Stubs, Mocks & Dummies

    • Outside-In TDD

  • Refactoring workshops

    • Refactoring 101

    • Refactoring To Patterns

  • Design Principles workshops

    • Simple Design & Tell, Don’t Ask

    • S.O.L.I.D.

    • Clean Code Metrics

To find out more, visit http://www.codemanship.co.uk/bitesized.html

July 17, 2016

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Oodles of Free Legacy UML Tutorials

See how we used to do things back in Olden Times by visiting the legacy UML tutorials section of the Codemanship website (the content from the highly-popular-with-your-granddad-back-in-the-day parlezuml.com).

I maintain that:

a. Visual modeling & UML is still useful and probably due for a comeback, and

b. Visual modelling and Agile Software Development can work well together when applied sparingly and sensibly

Check it out.

August 7, 2012

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Back To Basics as a PDF

You can now download all of the Back To Basics hype-free software development principles in a handy PDF for the e-readers and tree-murderers among you.

It's a staggering 11,300 words - roughly 20% of your average technical book - written in just one weekend, so please forgive any silliness and imperfections. Hopefully you'll get the gist of it all the same.

September 25, 2011

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Apes With Hobbies - Free Debut Album

It's a bit off-topic, I know. And this isn't going to be everybody's copu of tea, but I've recently released an album of my music (well, actually, 2 albums) which you can download for free.

If you're one of the twelve or so people in the world who like that sort of thing, then you can follow @apeswithhobbies on Twitter or give us the nod on Facebook.

You can also hear and download tracks from a bonus album of electronica called Synthopathic from the Apes With Hobbies last.fm page - which may come as good news for non-metal fans.

June 16, 2011

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New Forward For People Reading My Java OCL Tutorial

I checked the web stats for the recently relocated parlezuml.com site, and was slightly to dismayed to discover that the second most popular tutorial - after an introduction to use cases - is not something useful like TDD or refactoring, but (the horror!) the Object Constraint Language. What have thou wraught!

Let's face it, people only learn OCL to pass exams on OCL. In the real world, we don't use it.

So I've added a little forward to the Java OCL tutorial (nobody seems that interested in the .NET fersion, giving even stronger indications that it's being downloaded by university students and academics). Hopefully it will balance things out a little, and assuage some of my guilt.

If you're reading this tutorial, you're probably either studying for or teaching a computing or software engineering academic qualification.

How do I know this?

Simple. In the real world, almost nobody uses OCL. And by "almost nobody", I mean maybe 1/100 software professionals may have learned it. And maybe 1/100 of them ever use it. Learning OCL very probably is not going to get you a job as anything other than someone who teaches OCL.

I believe it is a useful skill to have if you want to really get to grips with UML, but I can state categorically, with my hand on my heart, than I have in my entire career used OCL in anger maybe twice.

Knowing OCL will not make you a better software developer, and you are unlikely to work with other software developers who know OCL, rendering it useless as a communication tool.

You may have been told about Model-driven Architecture. Back in 2000, it was going to be the next big thing. It wasn't.

On 99.9% of professional software projects, we still type code in a third-generation language into a text editor. Occasionally we draw UML diagrams on whiteboards when we want to visualise a design or analysis concept. You will find that some UML notations are still in widespread use - especially class and sequence diagrams, and activity diagrams for workflow analysis.

Consider OCL as being a classical language, like Latin or Ancient Greek.

It's useful to know, as it can give you some general background when applying things like Design By Contract, or even for functional programming. But it is, too all intents and purposes, a dead language.

Trust me, almost nobody out here speaks it.

Having said that, I hope you find this tutorial useful in passing your exams. And I look forward to maybe teaching you some useful skills - like test-driven development or refactoring - when you graduate and join the community of professional software developers.

Best wishes,

Jason Gorman

February 18, 2011

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Just One Of those Things...

So, obviously, parlezuml.com is back online. After 2 days of outage, support have chalked it up to "one of those things". Which is good to know.

December 8, 2010

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codemanship.com Issues & Temporary Training Page

If you've tried to visit codemanship.com or to email me via that address, apologies. The domain has been unavailable for the last couple of days and I'm in the process of getting to the bottom of that.

In the meantime, you can find details of the final TDD, refactoring and OO design master classes in Jan-Feb here

The Early bird offer (all 3 courses for the price of 2) ends on Saturday at midnight, so if you want to take advantage of that great special offer we'll need your booking confirmed this week.

January 8, 2010

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First Auditions For Software Craftsmanship 2010 Point The Way

2010 brings a winter wonderland to much of Europe, and the first good auditions for Software Craftsmanship 2010 have been carried in on those freezing cold arctic winds.
David Laing has sent me a link to an already pretty slick-looking session on TDD for databases, which touches on lots of great stuff and utilises a good range of test and build expertise which I personally need to get my head around.

Emmanuel Gaillot has submitted a very interesting demonstration of the Robozzle kata in Haskell (not, I suspect, the last Haskell audition we'll see). A very good audition which I'm confident will translate into a great session.

Robozzle Kata in Haskell from Emmanuel Gaillot on Vimeo.

At this stage, formal auditions have not begun, except for coaches, but I very strongly recommend sticking your videos up and getting early informal feedback, as David and Emmanuel have demonstrated brilliantly here.

The SC2010 community site should be up and running in early February, and you will be able to join, submit links to your audition videos and vote on the other auditions posted and give feedback. Auditions will run through February to May, and you will be able to rehearse and refine and resubmit your auditions as many times as you like during that period before the final votes are counted and selections are made for the conference.

If you're interested in coaching a handful of auditionees each month to help them improve their sessions (and can spare 5-10 hrs/month), then I still have room for 2-3 more of you lovely, generous folk to lend a hand. In the spirit of egalitarianism, everybody must audition, including coaches. You don't need to be a master software craftsman, just confident that you know sh*t from shinola when it comes to practices like TDD and refactoring. Coach auditions need to be with me before February. 20 minutes of basic TDD or a bit of refactoring would easily suffice. Email links to auditions here. Coaches will get major kudos and a goody bag, and I doubt it'll look to shabby on your CV that you were an official coach at Software Craftsmanship 2010.

Keep those auditions coming!

December 30, 2009

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Celebrate The New Year With Some Rubbish Demos I Recorded In 2009

And so we come to the end of another year. And what a year it's been! The first international conference on Software Craftsmanship. Boffoonery! in aid of Bletchley Park. And in those rare spare moments, and against all the advice of my elders and betters, Ive been recording demos of my really rather poor guitar music, which I present in their horrific entirety for your delight and delectation as a seasonal gift (or curse, depending on how you look at it).

These rough demos (very rough demos!) were recorded between Sept and Dec 2009 using RiffWorks, which I highly recommend for getting stuff down quickly without the usual "noodling" you get with Pro Tools, Cubase etc. Unless otherwise stated, guitar is an Ibanez RG2550Z (black and pointy, just the way I like them) and bass is a Peavey Cirrus through a SansAmp Bass Driver. I played all parts, except for the very sloppy bits, which were played by someone who broke into my flat and over-dubbed my originally faultless playing

Take No Pensioners

I've dedicated this fine example of demo quackery to my stepmum for her Herumphtieth birthday. The first track I did in RiffWorks,
and first track using the speaker-emulated output of my new Blackstar HT-Dual pedal.
The solo really sucks. Sorry, I just couldn't resist a bit of 80's Big-Hair-Open-Wah wankery.

Chunky's Revenge

More sloppy Big Hair wankery, this time in a Vai-esque lydian groove (you'll be hearing a lot of that, I'm afraid), with the HT-Dual and a nice clean sound courtesy of my Damage Control Liquid Blues pedal. Through a Damage Control Timeline tube-based delay pedal (the best-sounding I've heard). A lovely tubey lead sound. Must be all those tubes. Tubes still rule in metal!

Snakeskinned Alive

Wanky, wanky, wanky! Nobody likes this demo. Well, I do. But nobody normal. Used the Radial Plexitube pedal for a nice British sound through the POD X3 doing just cabinet/mic simulation. Like you care...

The Long Ride Home

All POD X3. 100% digital. I think there's a simulated Ibanez Tubescreamer in their warming up the clean sound. And lots of long delays and backwards guitar. No synths. All guitar. My feeble attempt at a David Sylvian/Robert Fripp-style affair

The Heavymetallist

This is my test track. I've done a demo with it four or five times to test different set-ups. This is the version I did after I discovered the amazing Recabinet convolution reverb library. I've never heard a better approximation of real guitar cabinet/mic combinations. For $15. Pity about the actual playing.

The Girl From Panama

I was drunk. It was late. My neighbours hate me. I was aiming for an Al Di Meola vibe. Well, sort of. If you listen carefully, you can hear the metronome ticking away at the end. Just a Yamaha CPX700 semi-acoustic through a Shure SM57 mic and massive reverb from the POD X3.

The Heavier Metallist

Tried to make a more atonal version of the Heavymetallist with insane distortion courtesy of the POD X3. "Tried" being the operative word.


Okay, so this is all HT-Dual and Recabinet, and I dusted off my metallic red Tokai Strat (they make better strats than Fender, IMHO). Yes, it's a big long lydian solo. Again. Wanky, wanky, wanky.

Pass The Napalm (On The Left Hand Side)

Recabinet + Damage Control Solid Metal in face-melting "Nuclear Mode". Your granny will love it.


Recabinet + Solid Metal (at half-mast) in ill-advised attempt to recreate the minimalist sound of the eponymous Swiss metallers, complete with completely-out-of-place and very badly executed effect-laden solo

September Summer

Some acoustic stuff with a very slow jazz/latin feel and the strat doing the honours at the end. Just listen to that intonation. I'm not a qualified guitar tech. I know, it's hard to believe, but it's true. I was planning to add something, well, interesting. But lost interest.

Devin Sent ("The Man From Canada")

Dedicated to my Dad, who is from Canada. HT-Dual. Timeline. LOTS of delay. Then added a suboctave to beef up the sound using a TC-Electronic G-Major along with cavernous reverb in a vain attempt to disguise my awful playing. The final finish was some synth fairy dust courtesy of the stupifyingly powerful Omnisphere. My tribute to the actually talented Devin Townsend, who is also from Canada.

April 30, 2009

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Codemanship Is Coming

Those of you whose hobbies include typing in infinite numbers of random domain names into your browser and seeing what web sites come up may have noticed that this blog is now the holding page for www.codemanship.com

I'm going to be building a new family of ideas and services around the Codemanship brand, and like all good families, we already have a motto:

Curo. Cognosco. Factito. Communico.

"To care. To learn. To practice. To share."