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#xpman 78 – A Christmas Kata

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This month will be a Christmas themed kata or refactoring problem so bring a laptop.

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UPDATE:

We are not at Madlab this month, we’re at brighthr‘s offices instead. AND YOU NEED A TICKET TO GET IN – so get one :)

They will be sponsoring drinks and snacks, it will be worth it.

Written by James Jeffries

November 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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#xpman 77 – An introduction to Smalltalk

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This month we have a practical introduction to Smalltalk with Keith Braithwaite. Doors open at half 6 to start at 7.

The most widely recognised good technical practices of Agile development have their origins in eXtreme Programming. eXtreme Programming has its origins in Smalltalk development. It is my contention that the affordances of Smalltalk and its environment have informed the underlying ideas about what code is and how we should interact with it in Agile development. In this session you will experience the Smalltalk way of working with code. Hopefully, this will illuminate the assumptions behind the technical practices that Agile teams sometimes struggle with. This will be a practical session. Please come equipped to work with a fresh installation of Pharo 5.0 No prior experience of Smalltalk is required.

Tickets available here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/xpman-77-an-introduction-to-smalltalk-tickets-28943577018

Written by James Jeffries

October 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

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#xpman 76 – DDD: Why bounded contexts impact your daily work

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Martin Fowler describes bounded context as “a central pattern in Domain-Driven Design. It is the focus of DDD’s strategic design section which is all about dealing with large models and teams. DDD deals with large models by dividing them into different Bounded Contexts and being explicit about their interrelationships.”

In this session Matt Cannon will be looking at how they affect your work and how you can take advantage of them.

This session will be half talk and half practical so bring a laptop.

Tickets available here.

Doors open at half 6 and we’ll get started at 7.

Written by Mark Kirschstein

October 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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#xpman 74 – the git kata – 11th August

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This month we have the git kata with Gary Hall (@garymcleanhall)

Git is extremely powerful when compared to other VCS you might have used before. It is flexible. You can do almost anything with it. Now we have a version control system that allows all kinds of cool stuff. Are you going to try that on your production repository? Are you lookin forward toward facing an especially tricky (i.e gitty) problem for the first time with your production repository shortly before the next release? If not Git Kata are a great way to hone you skills before you need them, in the relaxed environment of a sandbox.

Meeting at MadLab from half 6 and we’ll get started at 7. Bring a laptop.

Tickets available here

Written by James Jeffries

July 30, 2016 at 8:20 am

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#xpman 73 – Lightning Talks

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This month we have a great collection of lightning talks

– How we are trying to improve the flow of our kanban board – Martin Tierney

– What we learnt form the mob – Simon Dutton

– Talking about design – Kevin Rutherford

– Test Driven Novel Writing – Clare Sudbury

– Just enough modelling – Matt Cannon

–¬†How we’re going about replacing a legacy system by understanding our Core Domain –¬†Naeem Sarfraz

Doors open at half 6 and we’ll get started at 7. We’ll be finished by 9 and moving on to the pub.

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Written by James Jeffries

June 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

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09/06/2016 #xpman 72 – Logic Programming with @ryanwgough

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This month’s session will be on Logic Programming. As well as looking at what it is, how to do it and what benefits it can bring, we will also work in groups to complete a fun logic programming kata and then discuss what lessons can be taken from this approach and applied more generally.

The kata will be completed in Racket Datalog, which provides a nice environment to experiment with simple logic programs. Install Racket from here: https://racket-lang.org/

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We’ll be at Madlab from 18:30, starting at 19:00.

Written by Mark Kirschstein

June 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

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#xpman May 12th Stocks, flows and systems thinking

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This month we have a workshop on systems thinking. I’ll be introducing a way of modelling systems using stock and flow diagrams, discuss different types of feedback loops and look at different ways of changing systems.

We’ll be meeting at Madlab from 6.30pm to start at 7pm on Thursday May 12th.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stocks-flows-and-systems-thinking-tickets-24840169616

Written by James Jeffries

April 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm

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