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Friday, March 13, 2009

Fwd: [xpportland] XPDX Wednesday March 18th: Ping Pong Pairing

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Subject: [xpportland] XPDX Wednesday March 18th: Ping Pong Pairing
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Pair Programming has many benefits for a team above and beyond coding,
yet it's still one of the hardest XP practices to get into. Ping Pong
pairing is a lot of fun and is my favourite way to pair. It has a
game-like style that instils good pairing and TDD practices. So come
along to the next XPDX meeting to try it out. It doesn't matter if
you've been pairing for years or want to try it for the first time. This
will be a chance to learn from each other. We'll spend a little time
getting to know the mechanics of Ping Pong pairing, do a brief
demonstration, and then all pair up for over an hour of practice.

Absolutely positively bring a laptop with you. We'll be using Java,
JUnit, and Eclipse. A big time saver will be to ensure that you have the
Java *SDK* installed beforehand.

>>> Thanks to VersionOne there'll be pizza for thirty! <<<

Be there at 6:30pm for the pizza. We'll start at 7pm. At 9pm we'll move
on to a local bar.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 @ CubeSpace. Details on Calagator:
http://calagator.org/events/1250456785

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

This Just In: Functional Programmers Can Now Access Memory (Experimentally)

OK, type fanatics, get beyond my inflammatory headline already!

Actually, LtU points to an interesting paper (for some) on a bit of progress toward type systems for describing the correct use of resources.

Globals! Memory! Files!

As one comment points out, the pragmatic benefit of this work is sometime out in the future. Type systems will be good when they add more than they subtract.

They're not there yet, but there's (some) progress.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

If Douglas Crockford Don't Care Why Should I?

At the end of this nice Google Tech Talk about Javascript good parts,
listen as Douglas Crockford (creator of JSON) pronounces "JSON"
incorrectly! (i.e. "Jason")

Also listen as various audience members pronounce if correctly... "Jay-SAHN".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQVTIJBZook

Of course I am kidding - can't you PLEASE stop pronouncing it "Jay-SAHN"???

But why doesn't this bug Douglas as much as it does me???

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