October 2013

As the Cosmic Mud Tour comes to a close, it’s a relief to PLoP down home again (fizz fizz). And how fitting that the tour ends up where it all began, at the Pattern Languages of Programming conference hosted by The Hillside Group at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois.

The Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP™) conference is a premier event for pattern authors and pattern enthusiasts to gather, discuss and learn more about patterns and software development. The conference program offers pattern authors a unique opportunity to have their pattern languages reviewed by fellow authors, which occurs mainly in the form of Writers’ Workshops.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of PLoP, and as such it will be a special one. To start with, the conference returns to Allerton, where it all began, for the first time since 2007. To help us celebrate, may of our old friends will be joining new friends for a week full of events:

Writers’ Workshops will review pattern papers, Writing Groups will help evolving patterns, Focus Groups will embrace challenging topics, our ‘Birds of a Feather’ (BoF) will let writers informally organize their own sessions. We’ve kicked it all off with a BootCamp that helps by introducing patterns to newcomers. To keep things lively, there will be Games to exercise our bodies and minds as well as trust building exercises. And since it’s a celebration, there will be Gifts to give and get.

We’re getting together this year to think about what the pattern community has achieved so far, where we are and where we’re heading. It’s been an eventful twenty years and we look forward to twenty more and beyond. If you’re in town for the event, I’ll see you there!

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Cosmic Tour Hits Krakow

by Joseph Yoder on October 10, 2013 · 0 comments

From Portugal to Brasil, and now onto Krakow, Poland, the cosmic tour has been a journey of mind, spirit, and best practices. I’ve given talks at the National Institute for Space Research in São José dos Campos, attended MiniPLoP and CBSoft, sat on a panel, talked twice while there, and presented with Eduardo Guerra on TDD Step Patterns. Now the cosmic tour has me presenting at JDD 2013.

The JDD conference is being held in Krakow, Poland, the second largest city in the country. I’ve attended the JDD conference several times in the past, but this will be a new experience, as I’ll be discussing the Big Ball of Mud in a new country with old friends.

If you’ve never attended JDD before, then you’re in for a real good conference, with many exciting lectures and topics to discuss. Here’s the conference description:

JDD conference is held every autumn in Kracow since 2006 and has already permanently entered the IT events calendar in Poland. Every year the conference gathers nearly 400 participants working every day with Java.

JDD is a two-day conference that offers more than 30 interesting lectures that take place in two or three paths. Additionally participants are invited to join special working sessions: workshops and networking sessions. Participation in training and discussions will be a part of the conference so that developers could easily exchange experience related to their daily work.

After the conference, I’ll be heading to Switzerland to visit with an old friend. The trip should be a good time, rewarding and, as always with this tour, cosmic. And, if you need further proof of the cosmic nature of this trip, just take a look at the JDD site’s background. Now that’s cosmic!

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Cosmic Mud Tour 2013

October 4, 2013

My Big Ball of Mud Tour began this year in Portugal at the Agile & Scrum Portugal 2013 conference. This leg of the trip saw me in Brazil.  It started on September 26, when i stopped by the National Institute for Space Research in São José dos Campos. After giving a talk about Adaptive Object-Models, I […]

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