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John Smart At Skillsmatter

2010 July 12
by Caitlin

Skillsmatter_200pxwidth O’Reilly author John Smart, (Java Power Tools) is across in the UK from
New Zealand and will give two free talks at Skills Matter: Zen and the art of build script maintenance on 8th July 2010 and Real
Programmers Don’t Need Unit Tests
on September. On top of that, he will be running his famous Java Power Tools Bootcamp at Skills Matter for five days from September 13th:

You will come away from this workshop with a
solid understanding of how you can improve your development practices
back in the real world, as well as an abundance of practical tips and
tricks that you can use in your day-to-day work.


  • Use Maven effectively to improve your development productivity and code quality, promote better software architecture, and improve team communication.
  • Understand the issues around dependency management in Java development, and be able to implement declarative dependency management in a corporate environment.
  • Know how to write effective unit tests and understand how to use unit testing practices to write more reliable code faster.
  • Understand how to use Behaviour-Driven Development to write better designed, more maintainable and more reliable code.
  • Be able to write automated database and web interface tests.
  • Understand how to use code quality and test coverage metrics to improve your code, and understand what the various metrics can tell you, and also what they can’t.
  • Have a solid working knowledge of Subversion in the real world, and how to best use it in a Continuous Integration environment.
  • Know how to set up a working Continuous Integration server, complete with automated builds, tests, code quality audits and reports, and automatic deployment to an integration server.

Rachel-davies-agile-coaching-skills And there’s more: Rachel Davies, co-author of Pragmatic Programmers’ Agile Coaching, will be running a series of 2-day courses on Agile Coaching Skills. The first course begins next week (at the time of writing), 5th July 2010.

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