Thursday, January 29, 2009

European Virtual ALT.NET Meeting on 02/02/2009

The first 'official' virtual ALT.NET meeting for the old continent has been scheduled for next Monday (02/02/2009). For this first one, Greg Young is kind enough to share some of his wisdom regarding Domain-Driven Design. Everyone who believes that he's geek enough is free to attend, even if you're not living in Europe.

Start Time: Monday, Feb 02, 2009 7:00 PM GMT

End Time: Monday, Feb 02, 2009 09:00 PM GMT

Attendee URL: (Live Meeting)

Needless to say that I'm really looking forward to this. Hope to virtually meet you there.

Thanks to Zachariah Young for setting up Office Live Meeting and Colin Jack for co-organizing this thing.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ethics in Software Development: Craftsmanship over Crap

Robert C. Martin calls 'Craftsmanship over Crap' the fifth principle of the agile manifesto. I've been writing a lot on this blog about writing clean code and qualities that every piece of code should have.

Besides writing clean code, we as software professionals should also adhere to a number of qualities as well:

  • We shall act in the best interest of our client/employer, not losing sight of the greater good.
  • We shall deliver products that meet the highest standards possible. We must always do what's right, under all circumstances.
  • We shall remain independent in our professional judgement. We must never loose our professional integrity.
  • We shall be supportive for the members of our team and encourage them to adhere to the same principles.
  • And last but certainly not least, we shall dedicate our professional lives to continuously improve ourselves and be open to share the knowledge we already gathered. We shall accept that this journey of continuous improvement will never end so that we remain humble and open in order to continue that journey.

Earlier this week, I received my green wristband from Object Mentor.


Whenever I look at that wristband, it reminds me of my commitment to the principles of clean code and ethics of a true software craftsman. Its like physicians who make the Hippocratic Oath. It also reminds me that if I don't follow these principles, Yoda will kick my @ss :-).