The Passionate Craftsman

Ruby, PHP, MySql, Software engineering and more.

Friday, 23 January 2009

The Decline and Fall of Agile

I have found an interesting post in a blog that is talking about that there are many failures in the software development using Agile methods. One thing to learn from that post is that Agile is hard to apply and most of the time the teams use only a part of the methods. Using only a part of those methods means that the team will fails to use Agile. This type of problem is even wrose using Scrum.

The post:

Friday, 16 January 2009

Beginning POJOs: Lightweight Java Web Development Using Plain Old Java Objects in Spring, Hibernate, and Tapestry

This new book from Apress seems to me very interesting: it covers a lightweight development way for J2EE. The main tools and technologies are covered:

  • Eclipse
  • Ant
  • Spring
  • Hibernate
  • Jboss Seam
I think I will order one because I was looking for a book providing an integrated approach to the overmentioned tools and frameworks.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

My new car

I am going to buy this VX220. I have driven this car and I must admint that I was very impressed. A very nice experience. The engine is not so powerful - the previous Honda Integra that I owned had a fantastic engine -, but the difference is the frame and the light weight. With this car I will really enjoy driving, even in the every day life. Yes, it is not a very handy car and I am happy that it is not.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

ActiveVOS is the web site of Active Endpoints. ActiveVOS is "the world's first all-in-one, standards-based visual orchestration system -- is the only SOA-based process orchestration and business process management (BPM)".

If you are interested in SOA development and business process management you can find more information here:


Monday, 5 January 2009

New Blog


This is my first post on this new blog. I am a web developer working for an FTSE 100 company in the UK. I develop in PHP using the Qcodo framework, but I am studying GRAILS and FLEX.

In this blog I will post articles and news about software development/engineering. I hope that you will find it helpful. do not hesitate to contact me.