February 3, 2017
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
TDD 2.0 - London, May 10thAfter the success of last week's TDD 2.0 training workshop, I've immediately scheduled another one for the Spring.
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
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.
January 9, 2017
Last Call for TDD 2.0 - London, Wed-FriJust a quick note to mention I've got a bit of space of available for this week's jam-packed TDD 2.0 training workshop in London.
January can be a quiet period for dev teams, so twist the boss's arm and take advantage of some slow time.
December 19, 2016
Start The New Year With A TDD Skills BoostJust a quick reminder about the next public TDD training workshop I'm running in London on Jan 11-13. It's the most hands-on and practical workshop I've ever done, and at about half the price of the competition, it's great value. And, of course, you get the exclusive TDD book. Not available in any shops!
October 12, 2016
Evil FizzBuzzThe major upgrade to the Codemanship TDD training workshop launched at the weekend, and - while much has changed - what would a TDD workshop be without FizzBuzz?
But the practical exercises in TDD 2.0 have been turbocharged...
Evil FizzBuzz (or "Continuous FizzBuzz") is my take on a Continuous Integration kata - we just don't do enough of those, right? - where each par of the FizzBuzz problem has been isolated in its own user story.
Teams must split up the work, with each developer (or pair of developers) picking up one user story at a time, test-driving the code just for that story, and continuously integrating with the other members of the team who are simultaneously working on other stories.
Committing to the same GitHub repository, with a cloud build pipeline set up to compile the code and run all the tests, this is a challenge in not tripping over each others' feet. It takes effective coordination and communication. Again, something we just don't practice enough.
The goal is to complete it quickly without breaking the build. To make it even more interesting, assign a single developer to take the challenge by themselves and see who finishes faster.
TDD 2.0 - London, Jan 11th
Here's an idea for what the boss could get your team for Christmas; the first full TDD 2.0 public workshop is happening in London on January 11-13.
There's a 1, 2 and 3-day option, and every attendee gets a copy of the exclusive new TDD book to take away and continue their TDD journey with.
October 9, 2016
TDD 2.0 LaunchesYesterday saw the launch of the new Codemanship TDD training workshop in London. Thirty keen code crafters joined in South Wimbledon to put themselves through their TDD paces, and get their hands on my new book, exclusive to workshop attendees.
It was a packed day - maybe a bit too packed, with everything we crammed in - and everyone rose to the challenge admirably. As always, it's enormously rewarding to spend a day with developers who care about their craft.
The full version of the workshop comes in 1, 2 and 3-day varieties, with more time to explore each exercise, and at a more leisurely pace. Every attendee gets a copy of the 200-page book, which covers everything from TDD basics (red-green-refactor) to advanced topics like property-based testing and non-functional TDD. Further reading's clearly signposted, making the book and the workshop a great gateway into a lifetime of TDD study and practice, as well as a pick-me-up for experienced TDD practitioners, with many ideas not usually covered in TDD books and courses.
You can find out more about the workshop, and download the first seven chapters of the book for free, by visiting http://www.codemanship.com/tdd.html
September 8, 2016
Introduction to TDD - "Brown Bag" SessionsWith my new training companion book TDD launching next month, I thought it might be fun to offer some convenient "brown bag" sessions where folks can get a quick practical introduction to TDD and a copy of the book to take away.
Feedback via the Twitters suggests some of you are interested, and now I want to flesh the idea out a bit with some more details.
I want to get folk fired up about learning TDD, and the book can help them take the next steps on that journey.
The basic idea is that you invite me into your office in London* between 12pm-2pm, or after work at 6-8pm. You'll need a room/space for everyone, with a projector or big TV I can plug my laptop into. We'll do some TDD together, and you'll need a computer between every two people at least, as you'll be working in pairs. I'll code and talk, and we'll get straight into it - no time for dilly-dallying.
The session will last one hour, and attendees will get a copy of the TDD book, worth £30.
I would suggest there needs to be a minimum of 4 attendees, and pricing would be as follows:
For 4 people - £95/person
5-8 people - £85/person
9+ people - £75/person
In that hour, we'll cover:
* Why do TDD?
* Red-Green-Refactor basics
* The Golden Rule
* Working backwards from assertions
* Refactoring to parameterised tests
* Testing your tests
There's be NO SLIDES. It'll be 100% hands-on. I'll do the practical stuff in Java or C#, but you can do it in any programming language you like, provided you have the appropriate tools (an IDE/editor and an implementation of xUnit - preferably one that supports parameterised tests (or has an add-on that does). Mocking frameworks will not be required for this introduction.
You can grab yourself a free preview of the book, including the first 7 chapters, from http://codemanship.co.uk/tdd.html
More details soon on how to book. But if you're interested in me running a TDD "brown bag" where you work, drop me a line and we can get the ball rolling now.
* If there's enough demand, I'll do tours of other cities
August 30, 2016
TDD 2.0 - Training Bookings & Book PreviewJust time to mention some Codemanship news.
I'm now taking advanced client bookings for the new & improved TDD 2.0 training workshop.
Incorporating lessons from 7 years delivering the original workshop for over 2,000 developers, the TDD 2.0 is more practical, in-depth and hands-on than ever.
There's more on refactoring, more on design principles, and... well, just more!
I've ditched the PowerPoint slides, beefed up the demonstrations and turbo-charged the exercises. The workshop's available in a 1, 2 or 3-day version to suit budgets and time constraints.
Attendees also get an exclusive 200-page book that goes into even greater depth, with a stack more exercises you can use to hone your TDD craft after the workshop. Ongoing practice is all-important.
You can find out more about the workshop, and grab a free preview of the first 7 chapters of the TDD book, by visiting the website.
I'm taking bookings now for delivery from Oct 10th and beyond.