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Thu, 15 Sep 2005

Friday Focus Group (and Saturday) at PLoP 2005

I've been living in a whirlwind since returing from PLoP. Darth Ravi has been overwhelming us with feedback on Craft Over Art and his thoughts on software craftsmanship. It has been extremely valuable, but brought my productivity to a standstill as I sort through it all. Almost a week after our last focus group, I'm finally blogging it in hopes that it will jumpstart my writing muscles...

It was a smaller group on Friday. It turned out to be extremely valuable to have just half a dozen people there the second night, it allowed everyone to provide much more in-depth feedback. I got to watch people digest the patterns first-hand and was excited as I watched a graduate student latch onto the ideas in Expose Your Ignorance. It was great to be able to finally co-present with Ade the ideas we've been writing about remotely for the last few months. I was pleased that the pattern community found our simple pattern format acceptable.

On Saturday, Ralph Johnson (part of the GoF), spoke about the second edition of Design Patterns which will include some long-awaited warnings against Singletonitis and other pattern abuse. Code examples will be exclusively in Java (as the trees weep).

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