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The institution of Developer Friday!! (Managers Better Listen)

Posted by Luis Majano
29 Sep 2006 12:00 AM
Are your developers demotivated? Burned out? Too much work? Too much of the same thing over and over again. Well, welcome to Developer Friday!!!

This is the day we came up with my superior of a way to stimulate diversity, learning and fun for the developers, at least once a week. Our developers can work on personal projects or just learning projects every friday. As long as there are not any pending deadlines, production issues or overwhelming issues.

This has been phenomenal. We have developers learning Flex, creating new web 2.0 apps, showing off their personal projects, and basically promoting learning and a little bit of FUN!!

So managers, listen if you dare!! I did!! and it has paid off. We have been getting the best ideas every friday now. New techniques, getting to play around with new frameworks, specially ColdBox (had to throw the marketing here) which is AWESOME, coldspring, etc.

To tell you the truth, if it were not for this day, I will have not begun to play around with coldspring, which I am a total newbie and need to start learning it so I can extend it for ColdBox.

This is my testimony and it has really improved the learning environment. So developers out there, bother your managers and bother them again, so you can have one day of the week to learn and inspire.

ColdBox: ver.1.1.0 news, new sites, trac and repo.

Posted by Luis Majano
26 Sep 2006 12:00 AM
I am just announcing that I bought www.coldboxframework.com and www.coldboxframework.org. and they will soon begin to show some life. I also have prepared my new Trac site hosted by SVN Repository which is truly awesome.

Soon I will be releasing the read only access to the SVN repository and let people play around with the upcoming 1.1.0 release. (More on this below)

The new address for the Trac site is: http://ortus.svnrepository.com/coldbox/trac.cgi

So what will the 1.1.0 release include? Why use it? why why why? Well, I have been taking all the feedback from the previous releases, tested, tested, and more tested, and came up with a leaner and meaner framework. All thanks to the great feedback for a framework that has been released to the public not so long ago, but been used privately for more than a year now.

The main question that people had asked about the framework is why should you use it and what is the difference with what is out there already: Fusebox, mach-ii, model-glue, etc. Well here are some answers for you that will shed light on the subject and prepare you for what is coming along.

Eclipse + SVN Users: SubEclipse or Subversive?

Posted by Luis Majano
12 Sep 2006 12:00 AM
This is just a call for comments to see which eclipse SVN plugin people are using and why?

I personally use Subversive because it was the first choice that I found and it has worked great. I am running 1.1.0.M3

It is easy to integrate to repositories, browse, check out, etc.

  • What do you like of Subeclipse?
  • How would they contrast each other?
  • Which one do you prefer?
  • What are the advantages?

If you have any comments, please post them.

More Tools: Antelope an ANT Gui

Posted by Luis Majano
12 Sep 2006 12:00 AM
I am just creating these entries for all people to share and I don't forget about these great tools. I had never checked out the tigris site so much like today.

These tools are amazing!!

This is an ANT interface called Antelope.

http://antelope.tigris.org/

So check it out.

Argo UML a great UML documentation Tool

Posted by Luis Majano
12 Sep 2006 12:00 AM
If you like documentation like me!! Well, I guess I am kinda in the dark here since not many people like documentation. This is the tool for you. I am now using it more and more. It is called ArgoUML and you can find it here:

http://argouml.tigris.org/

It can be used either through Java Web Start or a full package download. Give it a try and please DOCUMENT!!!

If you want people to use your software to build software, then document. Make it easy!!

RapidSVN: Gui for SVN repo

Posted by Luis Majano
12 Sep 2006 12:00 AM
I was browsing the tigris.org site and came upon this tool: RapidSVN

http://rapidsvn.tigris.org/

and it caught my eye because it has a Mac OS version. I just downloaded it and started playing with it. It is basic, but it gets the job done. Please check it out.

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