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Published by Fabian on 16 Jun 2011

Its about time!

Ouch! i didn’t post for a year now? Boy!

I don’t know exactly why I stopped blogging here. But I am not dead! Those interested in Java or Performance topics for sure read my posts on, where I write at least a post per month, or my random tweets @CodingFabian.

I guess I can blame it on work, cause I travel more than I used to, helping clients in Europe cope with their performance issues. But I also speak at conferences like JAX.

With my wife, I have been in the states last month, and now our next big project starts. Building a house :-) Lets see if I afterwards can confirm the similarities between building software and building a house.

However, I will not write much about the progress as others do. Its progressing nicely, and my ranting about stupid processes will be kept internally :-)

Lets see if after the house is up and running, I will have more time to do medieval stuff again!

Published by Fabian on 01 Mar 2010

Epic Player vs Player Evening in Lord of the Rings online

As some of you know, I am most of my time in front of my PC. When not working or coding just for fun, I like gaming. One game of special Interest is Lord of the Rings online. Its much better than WoW, but I am not going to start a flame war :-)
While the game has few player vs player content, sometimes epic battles are fought on the fields of the ettenmoors.
Here some impressions on tonights event.

Free People of Middle Earth mustering (100+ Players, not all on screen)

Orc hordes charging (number unknown, but said to be more than 150), including two trolls

Some more or less intense fighting going on (not everybodys PC could handle the load)

Awesome, eh? Perhaps we meet in middle earth?

Published by Fabian on 25 Nov 2009

devoxx is over

If you were following me on twitter, you might have noticed that i was in Antwerp Belgium, for the devoxx conference. Which is one of the best Java conferences in Europe and very affordable. As usual, it is pretty interesting that you can find out that famous gurus are normal people that you can talk to. Well they are geeks, so am I, that is why we can come along.

I learned a lot (as always), but interestingly it was mainly on three topics
* New Features of JDK 7, EE 6 and Spring 3
* New programming models like the famous map&reduce, big tables etc
* New JVM based languages: Clojure and Scala

I also attended the live recording for the episode, which was tremendously fun, especially because Atlassian sponsored a round of beer.
I met Kirk, who still reminds our good hours playing Guitar Hero at the meet the experts – performance, and had the pleasure to also meet Holly, who was unfortunately the only female speaker, and could introduce her also to our meet the experts concept.
I would like to have her there, because she really knows the internals of all the IBM JVMs.

I also had a length talk with Howard about Tapestry and various other stuff. because we all like open source and sharing ideas to make the world better, I talked with him about porting the web debug toolbar from symfony to Tapestry.
I think that will be an interesting experiment, also refreshing my Tapestry skills.

Great conference, lot to learn, very inspiring. Now back to daily work :-/

Published by Fabian on 10 Nov 2009

IT industry has changed

Bitkom, the major IT industry organization, said that the industry has changed.

Eating pizza together for lunch, having flex time and the big boss as friend. Those are only clichés. Those shops where people almost live in the company have disappeared.

When asking our my boss Mirko about this, while he was for lunch with a few colleagues and me at our local pizza supplier:

Pfft… they don’t have a clue

I think Mirko was right. So I could without regret spend the evening playing Chess and Guitar Hero in the office :-)

Published by Fabian on 24 Oct 2009

symfony Bug Hunt Day coming

On november 14th there will be a symfony bug hunt day, organized by the benelux PHP user group.
I will be attending, and Fabien will also be there. The event was initiated by symfony community manager Stefan, so he is in as well.
Stefan also announced the event on the symfony blog.

The main goal of the day is to make symfony 1.3 ready for release. But I am happily accepting patches for symfony 1.2 as well. symfony 1.2.10 will be released at the end of November, and it will be the last release in the 1.2.x series. So also the last release I will be managing for now.

So if you are around Antwerp you are welcome.

Or perhaps 4 days later? Ill be at the devoxx Java conference as well :-) [no need to start php vs java flame wars]

Published by Fabian on 18 Oct 2009

Developers do not need SCRUM

During my daily job we are talking a lot about SCRUM. We need to talk a lot about it because we need to convince customers that SCRUM is a good idea. But I think we should never talk to developers about SCRUM. The reason for this is that SCRUM is a project management framework. It is made for people managing projects. And it is a great tool for that. But let us face it: developers do not care about project management. It does confuse them. They are developers not managers. SCRUM can be explained easily to them:

Listen lads & guys, you are tasked to work as a team on the companies product. We are doing it differently this time, instead of working on the boring DB all day, we are rotating tasks so everybody gets some joy. And because we just want to do the best for the product, management comes tomorrow to us and tells us what high prio tasks to work on. Deadline for those tasks is in three weeks, but I am sure we can make it. I also do not want some boring project status meetings. Just meet every morning at 9 and in 15 minutes let us say what we work on so we can help each other in case there is need. Ready? Lets do it! In case you need anything just come to me.

See? No word of SCRUM or any of its buzz-words. Developers are happy and they do not have to bother with management. Thats management stuff. Instead they can experiment with eXtreme Programming practices, because they are fun for developers.
And from managers point of view this is also ok. They have everything they need, and in case they need any technical expertise they will consult someone of the team as they did before.

What do you think, is the hype with SCRUM perhaps too much for devs?

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