As Agile is seeing widespread adoption in many industry sectors, what about within government (public sector) organizations? Can Agile work within governments? What are some challenges and risks to watch out for? I’m giving a presentation on this topic Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at noon that aims to answer these questions and provide guidance based [...]
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I have just released version 1.4 of EnvGen. It is available for download from my Software page. The major changes in this release include the following: Upgrade to Java 5 compatiblity. This version of EnvGen will no longer work with Java 1.4. Migrate source code repository to GitHub at basilv/EnvGen. All known defects are now [...]
I am pleased to announce the creation of my Professional Software Development email list for this website. This list will allow you to receive my blog articles (two per month on average) as well as useful newsletters containing exclusive information not available on my website plus announcements and special offers. My standard for blog articles [...]
I have added a new speaking page to my website. For the past few years I have been regularly speaking at conferences, user groups and organizations about how to become more effective at software development and I felt it was time to document this aspect of my professional activity on my website. I have also [...]
I will be presenting on “Spring Component Scanning” at the Edmonton Java Users Group (EJUG) from 12 noon to 1pm on Tuesday, May 18 in the Western boardroom in the basement of the Canadian Western Bank building, located at 10303 Jasper ave. I’ll be talking about my experiences and lessons learned using the component scanning [...]
I will be presenting my continuous improvement framework at Agile Edmonton at 12:00 noon on January 6, 2009 at the IBM Innovation Center (10044-108th Street Edmonton, Alberta). In addition to the framework itself I will be covering lessons learned from championing and implementing continuous improvement. I look forward to seeing you there!
I have rolled out a few changes to this website over the last few days: The feed for the site now is run through FeedBurner. I switched to FeedBurner primarily because of the better tracking it provides of subscriber and feed click-through numbers. I am also debating switching to a full feed instead of the [...]
I have just released version 2.0 of my Time Reporter utility. It is available for download from my Software page. The major change in this release is added support for aggregated reporting across different task categories, which I call rollup groups. This required expanding the categories of types to three: base tasks, rollup tasks, and [...]
I have just released version 1.1 of my Time Reporter utility. It is available for download from my Software page. The significant changes in this release are: I added support for time adjustments by which you can explicitly specify an amount of time (positive or negative) to add to a task. I improved handling of [...]
I have just released version 1.1 of my Version Information WordPress plugin. It is available for download from my Software page. For this release I made updates for WordPress 2.5 and 2.6, primarily around the display of information.
The CGI Edmonton office (in Alberta, Canada) where I work is looking for Java developers and database administrators. CGI Edmonton primarily provides software development and maintenance services to various Government of Alberta ministries such as Alberta Health and Wellness. If you are good at what you do, like a challenging yet supportive work environment, and [...]
I have just released version 1.3 of EnvGen. It is available for download from my Software page. The major changes in this release include the following: Added a SkipGeneration template to allow you to avoid generating a file for one or more environments. EnvGen is an Ant task for generating different versions of the same [...]
I have just released version 1.2 of EnvGen. It is available for download from my Software page. The major changes in this release include the following: Upgraded to FreeMarker 2.3.10 Fixed a defect: the use of FreeMarker’s <#include> directive did not work when including files in other directories. The <#include> directive now can be used [...]
Happy Holidays! To match the festive mood this week, I thought I would write a lighter article about a great game I came across a while ago called The Battle for Wesnoth. It is a turn-based strategy fantasy game that offers compelling tactical and strategic choices with a wide variety of scenarios and content. Best [...]
As I described in my article on personal learning via online reading, I am an avid reader both online and off. I wanted to share some of the great material that I have encountered on the web over the last year. In no particular order… Everything You Know Will Be Obsolete in Five Years by [...]
I’ve added a new Resources page to my website (the link is located in the navigation bar above). This page contains links to useful information for software developers as an aid for perpetual learning. Of particular note is the separate Book Recommendations page, where I list and review the best books I have read. All [...]