Today I "met" fellow blogger Steffan Surdek. I encourage you to check out his blog. Steffan is the User Experience Lead and self-proclaimed Agile Champion for the WebSphere® Business Services Fabric team. He uses his experience facilitating the two-day Software Group Agile Workshops to help his team work on improving their agile processes.
Steffan has written articles that are published on developerWorks and is currently attempting to write a book about Distributed Scrum. This is something that I know very little about, so I had to look it up in wikipedia: Scrum (development). His blog provides his experience as a first time author as well as his thoughts about his area of expertise.
For those of you who do know something (or want to know something)about Agile software development, check out Steffan's latest article:
Agile planning in real life: What did and didn't work in developing releases with agile planning.
It was nice to chat with Steffan today and I hope that you have a chance to check out his blog.
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Congratulations to new author Antonio Cangiano from the DB2 Toronto Lab Team for the publication of his book:
Ruby on Rails for Microsoft Developers
You may know Antonio because of his blogs or tweets, especially if you are part of the Ruby on Rails community.
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Who should read this book?
This book is for programmers who have experience developing the Microsoft Windows platform and are interested in learning more about, and getting the most out of, Ruby on Rails.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
This definitive guide examines how to take advantage of the new Agile methodologies offered when using Ruby on Rails (RoR). You’ll quickly grasp the RoR methodology by focusing on the RoR development from the point of view of the beginner- to intermediate-level Microsoft developer. Plus, you’ll get a reliable roadmap for migrating your applications, skill set, and development processes to the newer, more agile programming platform that RoR offers.
From the Back Cover
With its valuable combination of simplicity and productivity, Ruby on Rails is a portable, extendable, open source web application framework that quickly gained worldwide acclaim. The aim of this book is to make the enticing Rails methodology more approachable for developers who are already familiar with Microsoft tools.
After an overview and brief history of the framework, you'll focus on learning Rails development from the point of view of a beginner-to-intermediate level Microsoft developer.
The author explores all the fundamental aspects of Rails, and includes comparisons and references to Microsoft development tools that you may already be familiar with. In doing so, he provides you with an easier path to learn how Rails simplifies the design and implementation of web applications.
By serving as a roadmap for migrating your skill set, development processes, and applications to the newer Agile programming platform that Rails offers, this book will help you leverage your existing skills so you can quickly take advantage of the full potential of Rails.
What you will learn from this book
Enjoy the book!
Congratulations to Phil Gunning for the release of his latest book: DB2 9 for Developers!
This new book needs to be on your desk if you’re a DB2 developer or database administrator facing the task of implementing DB2 9. In it, recognized DB2 guru and top consultant Philip Gunning shows how we have integrated native XML into the DB2 engine and gives developers and DBAs a detailed roadmap for implementing and exploiting the new XML capabilities.
Amazon.com is selling the book at a 37% discount.
Also on amazon... see the latest 5 star reviews!
Contents: Chapter 1: What's New Chapter 2: DB2 9, Which Version is for You Chapter 3: The DB2 XML Evolution and Revolution Chapter 4: XML Essentials Chapter 5: Developing DB2 XML Applications Chapter 6: Service Oriented Architecture (SOAP), Web Services and XML Chapter 7: XML Database Design – Designing a DB2 Hybrid Database Chapter 8: XML Indexing Chapter 9: Database Administration Chapter 10: The DB2 Optimizer Chapter 11: Tuning the DB2 XML Hybrid Database Chapter 12: Tuning SQL/XML Queries Chapter 13: Monitoring DB2 Applications Chapter 14: High Availability Chapter 15: Problem Determination Appendix A: DB2 Catalog Views Appendix B: DB2 SQL/XML Limits.
Pre-order the latest book by Phil Gunning and receive a 40% discount! Book to ship in February.
DB2 for Developersby Phil Gunning
Written by an "in-the-trenches" consultant, this guide hails the newest version of DB2 as a major release, highlighting the large number of totally new features, most notably the addition of XML capabilities. Packed with the information DB2 developers and administrators need to know when implementing version 9, the discussion covers upgrading from prior releases of DB2, converting relational data to XML data, and how DB2 supports industry standard schemas. With detailed examples and useful scripts, users learn how to develop DB2 XML applications, design an XML database, and tune the DB2 XML hybrid database. Extensive information on DB2 optimization of SQL and XML is a particularly useful feature of the book and includes a rundown on import and export utilities that database managers can use in their own installations. Going far beyond the standard manuals and certification guides, this is a truly comprehensive resource that teaches the "why" and "how" of a well-designed and well-implemented DB2 database.