Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Wolf Pack Programming in London: Tuesday, November 23

For those of you who just can't get enough Smalltalk, next week offers two events in London. Remember that our UKSTUG meeting has been moved a week earlier this month and is taking place on Monday, November 22. Michael Lucas-Smith will be visiting us and speaking about Xtreams, a new open-source stream/iterator framework (see the detailed announcement).

On the following day, Tuesday, November 23, Cincom is running another of the popular Wolf Pack Programming™ workshops in conjunction with SPA and XTC. What is Wolf Pack Programming? From the event page:

Cloud computing is this year's hot topic. But what are the implications for agile application development? By moving the whole development environment to the cloud, we are no longer limited by the number of people who can comfortably fit around a single workstation; suddenly an entire team of programmers can work together on the same live code base. In this hands-on session, we experiment with a process inspired by the hunting strategies of wolves to see whether we can successfully take agile's much vaunted pair programming even further.

To facilitate the exercise, we will use a web-based development environment, which enables multiple people to jointly develop in a running Smalltalk image. The product, however, is merely an enabling tool; the focus of this evening is not on the technology but rather on the benefits and challenges of the "wolf pack" process itself. With all team members able to update the code simultaneously, integration is constant and the deployability status can be determined in real time. Will this make Continuous Integration Servers look slow or will it lead to disaster? To evaluate the effectiveness of this approach, we will ask our wolf packs to complete a series of tasks following the process.

If you'd like to join in, make sure to visit the detailed event page for more information and register. Did we the mention the drinks are free after the event?

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Nov 22: Michael Lucas-Smith on Xtreams

In order to welcome Michael Lucas-Smith and Helge Nowak, who will be visiting London this month, we've moved our November monthly meeting one week earlier to Monday, November 22. Michael has offered to give us an in-depth presentation on Xtreams, a streaming framework with a new and refreshingly consistent API. From the project page:

Xtreams is a generalized stream/iterator framework providing [a] simple, unified API for reading from different kinds of sources and writing into different kinds of destinations (Collections, Sockets, Files, Pipes, etc). Streams themselves can be sources or destinations as well. This allows to stack streams on top of each other.

It is the stacking nature of the streams that give this framework its real power and, from what Michael and Martin (Kobetic) have shown me, you can do some pretty impressive stuff. Martin's presentation at ESUG only scratched the surface, apparently, and Michael intends to delve even deeper. There will also be plenty of time to ask him about Cairo or WebVelocity over drinks after.

We're at our usual venue and time: The Counting House (near Bank Station) at 6:30pm.