Monthly Archive: March 2008

Mar 24

Best Practices

An oldy, but a goody, one that I haven’t seen before. One comment I saw recently was “it means ‘practices of the best’” – as in “the things that the best software developers/consultants do”. I don’t find that argument particularly persuasive.  For several reasons: No one knows who the very “best” software developer is. No …

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Mar 24

Stelligent

To keep everyone in the loop, I’ve taken a job at Stelligent, which is an agile consulting company in Reston, VA.   They have a neat focus on infrastructure instead of process, and since that’s where many of my philosophical struggles with Agile are, I’m excited at the prospect of sharing what I have learned, and …

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Mar 24

Versioning a Hudson job configuration

Let’s say you’re using Hudson as your build/Continuous Integration tool. And let’s assume you have some jobs running inside Hudson that you want to keep running, even if the build machine blows up. You probably want to maintain: Hudson itself All the plugins The overall configuration The per-job configuration Naturally, then, your thoughts should turn …

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Mar 17

More on CruiseControl Dashboard

It took me about an hour and a half to get the dashboard configured properly.  Here’s what I had to do: I had to copy all of the cruisecontrol jars and all tornei poker on lineworld pokerpoker italiagame on line pokerdownload live pokerstrip poker livesrtip poker gratisgiochi cartepoker scaricabili gratistexas holdem calculator,texas holdem,poker texas holdemtexas …

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Mar 17

CruiseControl….

Well, I’m having a bit of an adventure with CruiseControl.  Some tips, perhaps just for myself: You have to check your project out of source control into the appropriate checkout directory under the cruisecontrol/ build directory before CruiseControl proper will consider building it. You have to merge unit test results in by hand You have …

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Mar 17

Groovy: no such property: X for class Y

Having taken up the task of learning Groovy, I stumbled early, as I tried to figure out how to integrate groovy-based unit tests with my java code. I had a java class called ContactScreen, and I wrote a groovy test case: class ContactScreenTest extends GroovyTestCase { void testStandardEmailScreen() { screen = ContactHelper.getStandardContactScreen( Contact.EMAIL ) assertTrue( …

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Mar 14

Retro

The latest in retro gadgets.  What… they couldn’t put this in a shoe? Can you imagine the looks you’d get, walking down the street, talking on one of those. What retro gadget can you come up with?

Mar 14

This is cool

Visit this page: http://css-tricks.com/examples/StarryNight/ and once you get there, resize your browser. What a trippy effect.

Mar 11

Battlestar Galactica -> April 4th

The final season of BG starts April 4th.  Visiting the Battlestar G. page at Scifi gives you the opportunity for an 8-minute recap of the story so far, and an interesting picture at the bottom, with fairly disturbing implications if taken literally. But should we take it literally?  What was the intent of the artist?   …

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Mar 05

Global Warming, Global Government

The only way to truly manage global warming is if we establish a global government with the power to control every human’s carbon emissions.    Anything less than this, and it falls apart, because any individual nation-state’s ability to self-manage will be taken advantage of by other nation-states.   See: The Mote in God’s Eye. Discuss!

Mar 05

Gary Gygax and the Early days…

Gary Gygax affected my life quite a bit, affecting my imagination, my understanding of statistics, rules, processes, probability, ethics and many, many other areas.     One thing I have noticed is many people are celebrating how his work in the early days paved the path for the world of RPGs and MMOs today. Don’t get me …

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Mar 04

Truer words…

This is an exceptionally precise recipe. And differs only in spirit from the way my wife and I got together. The corollary for geek guys who want to meet regular girls? Go tutor math at the local elementary school. You’ll be snapped up *edit* – by an unmarried mom or teacher – in no time.