This is my goodbye letter to the Extreme Tuesday Club, my favourite development community. It's been quite a journey, for both the club and me. This blog post is a bit of a history of XTC, mainly through my eyes, but including hearsay about other when times I wasn't there. I'd love to hear other … Continue reading Joe’s Farewell to the Extreme Tuesday Club
On the 10th July 2018, I gave a talk to the London Java Community on the topic "Who do you want to be?". It was a talk that came out of my experiences with mentoring as part of Meet a Mentor, as well as an event on the topic at the Extreme Tuesday Club. The … Continue reading Who do you want to be?
For those of you who don't yet know, I'm making this official: I'm heading back to Australia. My family and I are currently planning to move back to Canberra in early September (just over 3 months from now) It's been a long time: nearly 18 years in England (I'll be leaving about 1 month short … Continue reading The Road to Oz
What do I Want? I've been thinking a lot about my ideal workplace, and my role in it. What I put into my job, and what I get out of it. My mission. I think I can describe it like this: My mission is to bring mutuality, mastery and respect to the process of making … Continue reading The Joy of Work
I commute. 75 minutes each way, every day. That's 2½ hours every day of otherwise slack time which I like to fill in with some sort of learning, which come from various podcasts I've picked up over the years. Here's my current list, in alphabetical order... Agile Uprising Topics: Software, Agile Website: http://podcast.agileuprising.com/ Interviews with … Continue reading Joe’s Favourite Podcasts (2018 Edition)
2017 was a transformative year for XTC. I can say it's the year we definitively stepped up from "not quite dead" to "vibrant and engaged". I can lay the credit on this to a couple of changes we made to the format at the start of 2017: Reduce occurence from weekly to fortnightly Ensure that … Continue reading Extreme Tuesday Club: 2017 Retrospective
After dipping my toe in the water a number of times, I've finally taken the plunge. Over the last couple of weeks I've been migrating a private project from Java to Kotlin. This is a report of how it's been going... Firstly, my main interest in Kotlin was the cleaner language design, the clear Java … Continue reading Converting to Kotlin