October 12, 2018

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TDD for Self-Funders, London, Sat Dec 1st

My flagship Codemanship TDD training course returns in a series of 3 standalone Saturday workshops aimed at self-funding learners.

It's the exact same highly popular training we've delivered to more than 2,000 developers since 2009, with 100% hands-on learning reinforced by our jam-packed 200-page TDD course book.

Part 1 is on Saturday Dec 1st in central London, and it's amazingly good value at just £149. Plus you'll get £50 of Part 2.

Part I goes in-depth on "classic" TDD, the super-important refactoring discipline, and software design principles that you can apply to your code as it grows and evolves to keep it easy to change so you can maintain the pace of development.

  • Why do TDD?

  • An introduction to TDD

  • Red, Green, Refactor

  • The Golden Rule

  • Working backwards from assertions

  • Testing your tests

  • One reason to fail

  • Writing self-explanatory tests

  • Speaking the customer's language

  • Triangulating designs

  • The Refactoring discipline

  • Software Design Principles
    • Simple Design

    • Tell, Don’t Ask

    • S.O.L.I.D.




The average price of a public 1-day dev training course, per person, is around £600-800. This is fine if your company is picking up the tab.

But we've learned over the years that many devs get no training paid for by their employer, so we appreciate that many of you are self-funding your professional development. Our Saturday workshops are priced to be accessible to professional developers.

In return, developers who've attended our weekend workshops have recommended us to employers and colleagues, and most of the full-price client-site training and coaching we do comes via these referrals.

Please be advised that we do not allow corporate bookings on our workshops for self-funders. Group bookings are limited to a maximum of 4 people. If you would like TDD training for your team(s), please contact me at jason.gorman@codemanship.com to discuss on-site training.

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September 25, 2018

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Third-Generation Testing - Øredev 2018, Malmö, November 22nd

If you're planning on coming to Øredev in Sweden this November, I'm running a brand new training workshop on the final day about Third-Generation Software Testing.

First-generation testing was manual: running the program and clicking the buttons ourselves. We quickly learned that this was slow and often patchy, creating a severe bottleneck in development cycles.

Second-generation testing removed that bottleneck by writing code to test our code.

But what about the tests we didn't think of?

Exploratory testing brought us back to a manual process of exploring what else might be possible - what combinations of inputs, user actions and pathways - using the code we delivered, outside of the behaviours encoded in our automated tests.

Manual exploratory testing suffers from the same setbacks as any kind of manual testing, though. It's slow, and can miss heaps of cases in complex logic.

Third-generation testing automates the generation of the test cases themselves, enabling us to explore much wider state spaces than a manual process could ever hope to achieve. With a little extra test code, and a bit of ingenuity, you can explore thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands and even millions of extra test cases - combinations, paths, random inputs and ranges - using tools you already know.

In this workshop, we'll explore some simple techniques for adapting and reusing our existing unit tests to exhaustively test our critical code. We'll also look at techniques for identifying what code might need us to go further, and how we can use Cloud technology to execute millions of extra tests in minutes.

You can find out more and book your place at http://oredev.org/2018/sessions/third-generation-software-testing



March 9, 2018

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S.O.L.I.D. C# - Online Training Event, Sat Apr 14th

Details of another upcoming 1-day live interactive training workshop for C# developers looking to take their design skills to the next level.

I'll be helping you get to grips with S.O.L.I.D. and much more besides with practical hands-on tutorials and exercises.

Places are limited. You can find out more and grab your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/solid-c-tickets-44018827498


March 7, 2018

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C# Refactoring with Resharper - Live Online Training Workshop, March 17th

Just a quick note to plug a live online training event that's happening on Saturday March 17th. If you're a C# developer wants to get to grips with the refactoring discipline and the Resharper plug-in for Visual Studio, this is the perfect kick start.

Refactoring's an essential skill for a code crafter, but still something a lot of even quite experienced developers have yet to wrap their heads around. Take your code craft to the next level.

There's a morning and afternoon session, each lasting 3 hours. Places are limited to 8 in each session, to ensure you get more attention from your trainer (me) while you tackle the exercises.

Find out more and book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/c-refactoring-with-resharper-tickets-43923282721



November 20, 2017

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10 Days Left to Book Half-Price TDD Training

A quick reminder about the special offer I'm running this month to help teams whose training budgets have been squeezed by Brexit uncertainty.



If you confirm your booking for a 1, 2 or 3-day TDD training workshop this month (for delivery before end of Feb 2018), you'll get a whopping 50% off.

This is our flagship course - refined through years delivering TDD training to thousands of developers - and is probably the most hands-on and comprehensive TDD and code craft training workshop you can get... well, pretty much anywhere. There are no PowerPoint presentations, just live demonstrations and practical exercises to get your teeth into.

As well as the basics, we cover BDD and Specification by Example, refactoring, software design principles, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, end-to-end test-driven design, mocking, stubbing, data-driven and property-based unit testing, mutation testing and heap more besides. It's so much more than a TDD course!

And every attendee gets a copy of our exclusive 200-page TDD course book, rated 5 stars on goodreads.com, which goes into even more detail, with oodles of extra practical exercises to continue your journey with.

If you want to know more about the course, visit http://www.codemanship.com/tdd.html, or drop me a line.


May 29, 2017

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Software Craftsmanship 2017

It's early days, but planning is underway for this year's Software Craftsmanship conference.



Since it returned last year, SC20xx has evolved from a conference where talks were banned, to a conference with no fixed sessions at all. We stripped it down to the bare essentials of what folk said made previous SC conferences fun and worthwhile. Basically, we want a chance to meet likeminded code crafters, socialise, exchange ideas, and - most of all - code.

Instead of scheduled sessions, we'll have the space and the resources needed to tackle interesting and challenging programming projects. Work in pairs, work in groups, work by yourself (although, really, why come all that way to work alone?) Build a bot. Write a tool. Start a tech business. Put your Clean Code skills to the test. It's all good.

SC2017 will be on Saturday Sept 16th, and last year we had events being hosted in London, Manchester, Bristol, Munich and Atlanta, GA. This year, we're hoping for even more hosted events all around the world. It doesn't require much organisation, so drop me a line if you're interested in running one where you are.

Unofficially, the London event is already open for registration (there's a small fee to cover costs - SC2017 is a non-profit event), and more details will be posted soon.

Follow @softcraftconf for updates.





April 20, 2017

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Still Time to Grab Your TDD 2.0 Tickets

Just a quick reminder about my upcoming Codemanship TDD training workshop in London on May 10-13. It's quite possibly the most hands-on TDD training out there, and great value at half the price of competing TDD courses.

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February 3, 2017

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Will The Travel Ban Hurt US Tech Conferences?

Recent worrying developments in US politics could have a significant impact on the country's standing in the tech industry.

The lightning-speed changes to immigration policy (and, yes, I did choose that phrase carefully) mean that a significant number of our peers are excluded from entering the country, and many more are afraid to leave in case they're not allowed back in.

Believable reports of all non-citizens facing stringent checks - e.g., of their social media accounts - when trying to enter the US mean that many more in our (mostly progressive and liberal) profession could face difficulties at passport control.

I've been seeing more and more tweets from people saying they won't be attending certain US tech events as a result of all this: either because they're worried they will be given a hard time getting there, or in solidarity with those who are banned.

So I ran a straw poll on Twitter, and the results suggest that - in fact - the majority of us feel the same way. 70% of the 160+ respondants said recent events had caused them to reconsider attending a tech event in the US.




We shall have to see how this plays out. But if this change of tone in immigration policy is going to be long-term, then I fear it could significantly damage the country's world-class reputation in the tech industry. To think that any nation can achieve technology - and therefore economic - success without international cooperation is sheer folly. But, as we've been seeing, the new administration is not immune to the odd bit of folly...



January 20, 2017

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TDD 2.0 - London, May 10th

After the success of last week's TDD 2.0 training workshop, I've immediately scheduled another one for the Spring.

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It's 3-days jam-packed with hands-on learning and practice, covering everything from TDD basics and customer-driven TDD/BDD, all the way to advanced topics other courses and books don't touch on like mutation testing and non-functional TDD.

And it comes with my new TDD book, exclusive to attendees.

If you fancy a code craft skills boost, twist the boss's arm and join us on May 10th.



January 14, 2017

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Codemanship Alumni - LinkedIn Group



Just a quick note to mention that there's a special LinkedIn group for folk who've attended Codemanship training workshops*.

With demand for skills like TDD and refactoring rising rapidly, membership is something you can display proudly for interested hirers.



* You'll need to list details of Codemanship training courses you've attended (what, when, where) on your LinkedIn profile so I can check against our training records.