Book Review & Digest: Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software

By Michael T. Nygard, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-9787-3921-8 My digest and review of the book. Review Of the books I have read, Release It! is the one I would require all “senior” developers to read (together with something like Architecting Enterprise Solutions: Patterns for High-Capability Internet-based Systems). Especially the first part on stability with its patternsContinue reading “Book Review & Digest: Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software”

Notes On Automated Acceptance Testing (from the Continuous Delivery book)

(Cross-posted from blog.iterate.no) These are my rather extensive notes from reading the chapter 8 on Automated Acceptance Testing in the Continuous Delivery bible by Humble and Farley. There is plenty of very good advice that I just had to take record of. Acceptance testing is an exciting and important subject. Why should you care aboutContinue reading “Notes On Automated Acceptance Testing (from the Continuous Delivery book)”

Book Review & Digest: Capital In The Twenty-First Century

My key takeaways and highlights from the book. This is not an objective and consistent review. Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty is together with Thinking, Fast and Slow, the most important book on society I’ve ever read. And together with Rawls’ A Theory of Justice it has shaped my opinions on societyContinue reading “Book Review & Digest: Capital In The Twenty-First Century”

Review: Clojure for Machine Learning (Ch 1-3)

Pack Publishing has asked me to review their new book, Clojure for Machine Learning (4/2014) by Akhil Wali. Interested both in Clojure and M.L., I have taken the challenge and want to share my impressions from the first chapters. Regarding my qualification, I am a medium-experienced Clojure developer and have briefly encountered some M.L. (regressionContinue reading “Review: Clojure for Machine Learning (Ch 1-3)”

Most interesting links of November ’13

Recommended Readings Some interesting topics this time despite me spending lot of time on the Principles of Reactive Programming course: Java x Node.js, REST x other future-proof architectures, scary legacy code. Of course, also plenty of Clojure. People, organizations, teams, development: Chris Argyris (1923-2013): An Appreciation – Thinkers 50 – recently departed Ch. Argyris isContinue reading “Most interesting links of November ’13”

Most interesting links of September ’13

Recommended Readings Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 13, 2013 – a collection of interesting performance related articles with summaries (via @_dagi) Can you copy a culture? The NUMMI story (audio/transcript) – how the GM factory with the worst workforce has been turned around via a good application of Toyota Production System –Continue reading “Most interesting links of September ’13”

Book Review & Digest: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Relevant for IT/Business)

This book is about a great person, about change, about one of the largest bureaucracies and dysfunctional organizations, about projects gone astray, about warfare and its latest evolution. Many of the challenges and ideas that we encounter in the book are not limited to the military domain but apply also to business and IT. ItContinue reading “Book Review & Digest: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War (Relevant for IT/Business)”

Most interesting links of Mars ’13

Recommended Readings A lot of stuff this month since I have finally got time to review some older articles. Quite a few articles by Fowler. Few really great (yet short) talks on agile & SW development. Top Agile in a Nutshell (originally Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell) by Henrik Kniberg – the best explanationContinue reading “Most interesting links of Mars ’13”

Books Our Developers Should Read

Republished from blog.iterate.no with the permission of my co-author, Morten Berg, and later updated. There are a few books that every developer in Iterate should read because they express what we believe in and are extremely valuable in themselves. The books chosen are generally and broadly useful and not tied to some too limited domainContinue reading “Books Our Developers Should Read”

Recommended Book: Real World Java EE Night Hacks by Adam Bien

Real World Java EE Night Hacks – Dissecting the Business Tier, Adam Bien, 2011, ISBN 9780557078325. I highly recommend this very thin and down-to-the-earth-practical book to everybody interested in back-end Java (a basic knowledge of servlets, Java ORM, and REST might be useful). The book evolves around a small but realistic project (X-Ray), which weContinue reading “Recommended Book: Real World Java EE Night Hacks by Adam Bien”