Leopard Is Here

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I am installing the new Macintosh OS X Leopard as I write this. I am writing on my Dell laptop which I cannot wait to deprecate with my newly minted Windows machine (my MacBook Pro) which should I hope will be have a native Windows Vista x64 install before bedtime. After the Leopard install finishes I will partition the […]

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The Agile Concentration Cave

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The benefits of osmotic communication in a collaborative workspace are well known and documented. Building a collaborative common room work environment is a crucial component to building a truly hyper-performant team. Even thought this model of collaborative workspace is known to be effective, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some people fundamentally prefer a work environment wherein they cannot […]

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Are named queries outside of your DAO layer bad?

Both Hibernate and JPA support named queries and I would typically recommend keeping them inside your DAOs. However, using a typesafe Generic DAO implementation, you can have one class support all of your CRUD operations, and use named queries to support finder methods. But this approach requires that your service/manager layer know your named queries […]

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Elegance Awaits

On Friday morning over breakfast we had the idea of expanding David Starr’s excellent Elegant Code brand into more of a community along the lines of Los Techies or Code Better (we are aiming high here). I had only one slightly negative thought – why didn’t we think of this before! I am really looking […]

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AYE – A Conference for the Softer Side

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Some of the most respected thought leaders in the softer skills side of the Agile movement have come together to produce a conference focusing on their areas of expertise. The likes of Esther Derby, Dave Smith, Johanna Rothman, and lighter side gurus are getting together in Phoenix from Nov. 4th-7th to present on issues of […]

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