It’s been down for a few months, but we’re back again. Hooray! I mostly blog over at Cucumber nowadays, with the occasional dabble with Medium and quite a bit of Twittering.
Following on from Chris’ screencast showing the simplest Cucumber project ever, I recorded a screencast showing the simplest Cucumber web testing project ever. In just five minutes, I’ll show you how to use Capybara to drive a simple Google web search from a Cucumber scenario. If you’re looking to get started using Cucumber to test […]
The Lean Agile Scotland conference is shaping up to be a really great event. I’ll be speaking about why agile fails, drawing on my experience coaching numerous software teams and organisations. I’ll highlighting the reasons why so many companies fail to reap the benefits enjoyed by the early adopters of agile and give you some […]
I really hate passwords. Today I read this, and realised I’m not alone: http://me.veekun.com/blog/2011/12/04/fuck-passwords/ If you feel like me, go and have a read. I’m pretty sure it will cheer you up.
I identify a great deal with the label of “Craftsman”, but some of the rhetoric around the current “Software Craftsmanship” movement bothers me. Why? A little lightbulb went on recently as I read “Let my People Go Surfing”, by Yvon Chouinard, the founder of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia. Patagonia was founded by a group […]
It says over there on the left that I like to be idle, but I don’t often take the time to write about it. I’m not going to write much now, really, but here’s a thought for you: An idle mind is a questioning, sceptical mind. Hence it is a mind not too bound up […]
If you think it’s got a bit quiet here on the blog, there are two reasons for that. One: my current project is very very nearly ready for the next round of beta invites, which has keeping me extremely busy. More details on that soon. Second, though, is that I have well and truly caught […]
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A few minutes ago I posted about the time I’d wasted since inadvertently upgrading my ruby version. My last hurdle was to install the mysql ruby gem, which is never easy on OS X, as I learned the first time around a few days ago. However this time, I was stumped. The gem seemed to […]
I bring you good news and bad news, dear reader. The bad news is that it looks as if my present client may be running out of interesting work for me to do, for the time being, which is a real shame as I’m greatly enjoying working there. The good news though is that this […]