Robert Baillie

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18 years building software and counting. 13 years XP and laughing! A view on eXtreme Programming and software rollout that actually works
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Fri, 2007-06-22 12:09
Saw a cracking Haiku on a t-shirt the other day: Haiku are easy But sometimes they don't make sense Refridgerator. Then my mind started dwelling on it: Got the release out But the testing's not finished It's falling over Or Database is slow Just can't see what's wrong with it Set autotrace on Or A quick refactor Turns into a bigger job Should have unit tests


Mon, 2007-05-28 12:02
And to follow on from the last post... my current personal bests: I figure if I keep them here, at least I'll always know where they are! 5km Run23:44 (Battersea Park, 'Beat the Baton' 28/05/07) 10km Run53:23 (Hyde Park, 'Run London' 08/10/06) Half Marathon2:17:49 (Redcar, 'Tees Valley Half Marathon' 12/03/06) Rubik's cube57 seconds


Mon, 2007-05-28 11:44
You've gotta have targets. The more I try to motivate myself to do things, the more I realise that if I don't have a target it's incredibly difficult. When I realised this it came as a big surprise to me. I'm really not the sort of person to have a 5 year plan or career goals, but it seems that if I don't set myself an only just achievable goal I find it very difficult to motivate myself to do much. I keep myself fit so that I get the most out of playing football. But just having that in mind isn't enough to get me out and running. If I didn't set myself a target time for a 5km or 10km run and then book a place at a running event, then I'd just sit on my fat arse every night watching TV. OK, so I may be exaggerating my self deprecation, but you get the idea. I find that this affects me in many different aspects of my life. To motivate myself to run I set a target (public) 5km or 10km time (this year it's 22:30 and 50:00 respectively). To motivate myself to learn to do the...


Wed, 2007-04-11 02:20
I'm pretty sure that most people that read this blog will also read The Daily WTF. But just in case you don't, there's a nice entry on 'soft-coding'. Overall the article makes sound sense, but there's a line right at the end that resonates with me, especially since I read it the day after someone told me that they needed a developer for a whole day (9 hours) to roll out their system... With the myriad of tools available today, there is no reason that your deployment process need be any more complicated than a simple, automated script that retrieves the code from source control, compiles it, copies/installs the executables, and then runs the relevant database scripts. It makes me feel like I'm not alone.


Fri, 2007-03-23 02:44
I've had this conversation a couple of time with people, and I've realised that I can't get to a satisfactory answer without some research. And I'm lazy. So I'm going to pose a question... and if I don't get a satisfactory answer here I might well send it to The New Scientist in the hope that they'll answer it. Assuming that the cost of setting up and maintaining the infrastructure is already taken care of, which is more energy efficient: an electric kettle or a stove top kettle?