Link: Developing an Agile Mind – Stress and Planning

Ian Greentree, another of our Agile developers at MMT Digital has been writing about his experiences with Agile development on his blog, and gives us some of his tips for dealing with the stresses and strains of working in an Agile way.

As we become too stressed and anxious, we lose our ability to make informed decisions and problem solve.  As a developer this has a direct effect on quality of the code we write.

Like many of us, he’s experienced the ups and downs of both Agile and traditional waterfall approaches for development, and if you’re interested in this sort of thing, check it out in his blog post:

Our presentation from #AgileOnTap

Last week (8th May 2013, to be specific) we delivered a presentation at our local Agile business meetup – Agile on Tap. It all went well, and although I don’t have a recording of the presentation (yet); but I do have the slides to share, and here they are.

Javascript Testing with Node.js, Testacular & Jasmine

For the last year or so I’ve been working on large scale (and complicated) Javascript applications, and one of the big deficiencies that exposed was the historically poor support for unit testable, metric-supported Javascript – at least within our own company. And so, for the last half year my ‘hobby’ has been improving our Javascript development, testing, build and deployment processes.

Times move fast, and this presentation (below and here) is already a little out of date, but it’s the slides from an internal presentation/workshop I gave a few months ago which outlined how Testacular (now called Karma) can be used to execute unit tests and gather reliable code coverage metrics on Javascript projects.

I’ll be updating this presentation and giving a new version of it to the company soon, so I’ll use that opportunity to throw a more expanded blog post up that outlines what this all means (and if you’re lucky, with a script to explain it all!)

Also, we’re (MMT Digital) is now on GitHub, which is where you can find the (admittedly paltry) code offerings that accompany this presentation.

What can you do with a Raspberry Pi?

I co-authored a post on the MMT Digital blog a few months ago, and I thought it was time to give it another little boost. Here’s the intro, to tease you:

On January 29th, 2013 it was announced via the BBC that Google was partnering with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to make 15,000 Raspberry Pi microcomputers available to UK schools in the hope that the free devices will inspire children to take up coding.

Raspberry Pi

Computer geeks that we are, many of us at MMT Digital love what the Raspberry Pi represents, and a fair few of us have got involved, set up our own Raspberry Pi’s and can be caught discussing them during lunch breaks. With this latest announcement, what better excuse is needed to talk about them some more?

And you can read the full blog post on the MMT Digital blog.

Wise words from Twitter

Protip: Nobody is really "qualified" to give tech talks. We're all exploring and figuring it out. Just share what you've learned.
Jeremy Kahn

… should help with the jitters in our upcoming presentation!