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Java’s varargs are for unit tests

At Devoxx last week, Joshua Bloch argued during his talk “The Evolution of Java: Past, Present, and Future” that varargs are only “somewhat useful”. I think he is overlooking some usages, particularly in tests. Here is my case.

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CITCON London 2010

I’m returning from CITCON London 2010. What a great conference (and I’m not just saying that just because I helped organize it)! In fact, I feel it has been the best CITCON so far. I was a bit afraid of … Continue reading

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Predictions for CITCON Europe 2009

Last year, at CITCON Amsterdam 2008, a few of us stayed late into the night, drinking beer and discussing the state of the world. And what to do when you have 21 geeks with time on their hands? Why, predictions, … Continue reading

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CITCON Paris 2009, a personal retrospective of the organization

As I write this, 3 days after the closing, I have still not fully recovered from CITCON Paris 2009. I have been very much involved in organizing this edition, so I would like to indulge in a bit of personal … Continue reading

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Faster tests, at CITCON Paris 2009

“Going nowhere fast” by Nathan The session on Faster Tests (led by David) was interesting, at least to the extend that it was quite clear that we at Algodeal are not doing too bad indeed (Douglas Squirrel from youDevise is another one … Continue reading

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Mock objects at CITCON Paris 2009

The session on mock objects, mostly lead by Steve Freeman, was a bit messy but interesting. My colleague David got to show some of our code on the screen, which was scary and exciting (he felt the urge to fix some of the … Continue reading

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Interviewed by François Beauregard

François Beauregard from Pyxis Technologies interviewed me during Agile 2009 for their Vox Agile podcast. The interview is now online. We chatted about a favorite topic of mine: how to expand the horizons for Agile. My point is mostly that … Continue reading

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[Agile 2009] What’s in the conference for Java developers?

Agile 2009 is not just for Agile coaches or project managers. About one in three participants qualify herself as a developer or a technical leader. And the program reflects that. Amongst the activities that might interest fans of the Java: … Continue reading

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[Agile 2009] Presence of the CITCON community at the world’s premier Agile conference

CITCONers are everywhere! And nowhere more than at Agile 2009 Conference. First, CITCON will be represented by Lydia Tripp and myself during the Freshers’ Faire at the Ice Breaker. Watch out for the CITCON easel pad… and world-famous t-shirts ;-) … Continue reading

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[Agile 2009] Continuous Integration

This year, just like last year, Continuous Integration is proving to be a popular topic at Agile 2009. Implementing Scrum/XP Practices using Team Foundation Server, by Tommy Norman : how various practices, including CI, can be implemented using Microsoft tool … Continue reading

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XP France becomes Agile France, and other news from the French Agile community

As a member of XP France, I attended the annual meeting that took place during XP Day Paris last week. Things have been moving for our little group. Agile France First and foremost, the group is renaming itself. It will … Continue reading

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“Is Scrum Evil?” Beyond our session at XP Day Paris

Our session “Is Scrum Evil?” at XP Day Paris this year went well. Attendance was good (50 people or so). One participant called it an “eye opener“. Two recorded the discussion (one of the records is available, in French, here; … Continue reading

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[Agile 2009] Self-management: Pomodoro

I have become interested in Pomodoro at Agile 2008 in Toronto, so I thought it’d be nice to check out where in Agile 2009 you can get to hear about it. Staffan Nöteberg is back with The Pomodoro Technique: can you … Continue reading

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XP Day Paris, Agile 2009 and CITCON

I will be quite busy in 2009 with conferences. Coming up is XP Day Paris, May 25th & 26th (next week!). No less than 3 sessions will be presented by yours truly: Introduction to Retrospectives, with Laurent Bossavit TDD Explained … Continue reading

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Paris JUG One Year Anniversary

A fun evening last Tuesday at the Paris Java User Group. It was the first year anniversary, so special events were planned. The highlight was the introduction of ALL French JUGs (all created shortly after Paris JUG was). More than … Continue reading

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