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IDEs and Builds Scripts (September Better Software)

I wrote an article for the September/October issue of Better Software Magazine: IDEs and Build Scripts in Harmony where I discuss how to use build tools, and IDEs while minimizing duplicate work and getting the benefits of both tools.

As usual, the editors did a great job selecting metaphorically appropriate art work, and there is lots of other good content in the issue, including an interesting commentary by Lee Copeland on testing, Scrum, and "testing sprints."

I won't repeat anything I say in the article (since I already said it), but I want to add some philosophical comments. The question of working in environments that use IDEs for development and integration builds that are driven by other tools is one that I care about because it involves some of the issues that often cause a lot of angst and discussion on development teams:
Standardization and the effects of tools on individual and team productivity, andRepetition: having the same information in two places.Many of …

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

This past week 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know was made available to the public. This project was driven by Kevlin Henney, who I know from the early Pattern Languages of Programming conferences, . The list of contributors contains many familiar names, and I'm honored to be among them.

My contributions are about the agility, deployment, and their intersection. They include:
Own (and Refactor) the BuildDeploy Early and OftenUnderstand the Principles behind Practices, and Acknowledge (and Learn From) Failures
This project has contributions from many really interesting and insightful people. Maybe you already know everything on the lists, but you might get a fresh perspective by reading the contributions. You are very likely to start thinking.

On a related note, this past week, there was a conversation in my office between one of my colleagues who is a parent of a toddler, and one who isn't about why one works so hard to sound excited when talking to children about tasks.

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