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Kevlin Henney emphasized the real business cost of not getting rid of the “archaeological layer” of a code base. A system with 1 million lines of code, only 100,000 functional, …

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Gavin King, SEAM SEAM offers basic scaffolding, like Rails, Grails, etc. Out of the box there’s: a project skeleton, and ANT deploy, JPA integration, JSF integration, and basic login functionality. …

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Rob Harrop, Java and Ruby: Practical Techniques for Using JRuby RH plugged The Ruby Way as a good book for learners from Java, very task-focused JRuby can put a really …

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Guillaume Laforge, Grails: Spring + Hibernate development re-invented Key principles of Grails: CoC (Convention over Configuration) DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) CoC model objects: POGOs (Plain Old Groovy Objects) automatically mapped …

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Erik Meijer, Democratizing the Cloud I really liked two things about Erik Meijer’s talk: he seemed to show Microsoft channeling ThoughtWorks with his remark that one should “make irreversible decisions …

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Over the weekend I posted another 1800 words of QCon notes, including an extended description of what was for me the most important session of the conference, Modifiabilty, or, Is …