Exploration Through Example

Example-driven development, Agile testing, context-driven testing, Agile programming, Ruby, and other things of interest to Brian Marick
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Fri, 03 Jun 2005

Random thoughts

Anniversary: Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the first time I sent email. As my anniversary gift, I would like a spammer ground up and used to seed 1700 pearl oysters (1700 being the approximate number of messages in my Junk mailbox last time I emptied it). If possible, make it the "Greets! I offer you full base of accounts with passwords..." guy.

How Agile will destroy open source: I wanted to talk about Gold Cards in a consulting report, so I went to the original paper: "Innovation and Sustainability with Gold Cards"(Higman, Mackinnon, Moore, and Pierce). There I read:

It's good for [a programmer's] skills to be able to practice new techniques [...] Some of us tried to work on this stuff after working hours, however a full day of guilt-free paired programming is extremely tiring.

Where does open source software come from? From programmers who are frustrated that their day job doesn't involve very much, you know, programming. So they do it for free at night. And when the evening finds them sated...?

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I consult mainly on Agile software development, with a special focus on how testing fits in.

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