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.
Keep on Learning
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.
Order this book now from amazon and receive a 33% discount:
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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!
Join IBM at the largest and most valuable IBM Information Management event in Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Information on Demand, taking place at the Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany; Wednesday - Friday, 3-5 June (Business Partner Programme Tuesday 2nd June).
While at the conference, you'll see how:
Gain insight from the top tier speakers who are lined up to speak to attendees, including:
As you can see, all areas within Information Management are covered with these speakers alone. You will not be disappointed.
I am not completely sure if I'll be attending this conference or not. But in any case, I have arranged to have a bookstore at the event so you can buy the latest business and technical books at a discounted price.
Register today :)Information on Demand
Are you overwhelmed by the amount of technical information that is available for DB2? I don't blame you if you are! IBM produces many different types of training resources to suit individual preferences for learning.
The DB2 Skills Kit from developerWorks is a good place to begin your quest to learn more about DB2. Skill kits are FREE and make it easy to learn introductory concepts and usage procedures with demonstrations, step-by-step tutorials, technical articles, webcasts, podcasts, and presentations. No need to search for information: The DB2 Skills Kit has what you need in one kit: how to install, configure, and administer IBM® DB2®.
Increase your knowledge and skills whether you are a database administrator or application developer. This kit is aimed at IT professionals that have a basic understanding of database principles and design that are looking for “just in time DB2 skills.” Topics covered include: Overview, installation, configuration, database creation, and administration.
For detailed information on how to download the kit, see these step-by-step instructions.
ITSO Global Content Services has recently announced the introduction of IBM Redguides into the IBM Redbooks® publications family. The Redguides team has 15 Redguides available for download from www.ibm.com/Redbooks.
IBM Redguides bridge the gap between high-level sales collateral and traditional Redbooks publications. They were requested by and co-designed with technical business leaders. They offer IT architects, IT consultants, technical sales support staff and IT managers a pre-sales business view of technology rather than a post-sales focus on deployment. Redguides are about how to solve a business problem and provide business value with IBM solutions.
Take a look... I hope you like them and find the Redguides useful to you as you continually grow your skills.
Did you know that you have a chance to attend IDUG 2009 – North America for absolutely no charge? Simply fill out this brief survey for your chance to win a FREE registration to IDUG 2009 – North America, May 11-15, in Denver, Colorado.
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Not registered yet? Don’t delay – register for IDUG 2009 – North America before Friday, March 27 and save $150 on full-conference registration rates. For a sneak peek at all the great content available at this year’s conference download a copy of our Advance Program or visit online at www.idug.org/na.
IDUG conferences and Denver Colorado... a perfect combination. You won't regret your decision to go to this conference in this location!
I met with Dave Steinberg from the Toronto Lab today. I have a display of published books in two areas of the lab: the front lobby and the CAS area, and I added Dave's latest book to the displays. If you are a visitor to the lab, make sure you check out these displays.
The interesting thing about all the books is that at least one of the authors on the author team is an employee from the Toronto Lab. You'll very quickly notice that employees of the Toronto Lab produce a significant number of published technical books.
Here are the details of this latest book... Congratulations Dave, Frank, Marcelo and Ed!
EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework (2nd Edition) by Dave Steinberg, Frank Budinsky, Marcelo Paternostro, and Ed Merks.
Series Editors: Erich Gamma • Lee Nackman • John Wiegand
The Authoritative Guide to EMF Modeling and Code Generation
The Eclipse Modeling Framework enables developers to rapidly construct robust applications based on surprisingly simple models. Now, in this thoroughly revised Second Edition, the project’s developers offer expert guidance, insight, and examples for solving real-world problems with EMF, accelerating development processes, and improving software quality.
This edition contains more than 40% new material, plus updates throughout to make it even more useful and practical. The authors illuminate the key concepts and techniques of EMF modeling, analyze EMF’s most important framework classes and generator patterns, guide you through choosing optimal designs, and introduce powerful framework customizations and programming techniques. Coverage includes
About the Authors
Dave Steinberg is a software developer in IBM Software Group. He has worked with Eclipse and modeling technologies since joining the company, and has been a committer on the EMF project since its debut in 2002.
Frank Budinsky, a senior architect in IBM Software Group, is an original coinventor of EMF and a founding member of the EMF project at Eclipse. He is currently cochair of the Service Data Objects (SDO) specification technical committee at OASIS and lead SDO architect for IBM.
Marcelo Paternostro is a software architect and engineer in IBM Software Group. He is an EMF committer and has been an active contributor to several other Eclipse projects. Before joining IBM, Marcelo managed, designed, and implemented numerous projects using Rational's tools and processes.
Ed Merks is the project lead of EMF and a colead of the top-level Modeling project at Eclipse. He holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science and has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. Ed works as a software consultant in partnership with itemis AG.
I mentioned yesterday that the Assess & Save offer will be active only for the next month. Today I want to tell you about the success of this promotion. Apparently we've been giving out a lot of vouchers for people to take their exam of choice for 50% off the regular price. But even better than that... those who are taking the certification test with the voucher are PASSING!
This tells me that the people who are taking part in this promotion are very serious about getting certified. It also tells me that those who pass the assessment test are suitably prepared to pass the real exam. Although the assessment test questions are different that the questions on the real exam, they are close representations of the questions that you can expect to see on the exam.
So do you want to give it a try? Thanks to Kate, here's how you can take part:
Make sure your investment in certification is a smart one: why not save money AND build your skills? For full details about Assess and Save, check out ibm.com/software/data/education/voucher.html.
Don't miss your chance, act now!
Can you believe that it is already late in March! I've just returned from vacationing with my son for his March break from school... and am refreshed from the vacation... and pumped because SPRING is here!
There are several deadlines approaching quickly that you must take action on to avoid missing important opportunities.
If you were lucky enough to take a break... welcome back! I hope spring is inspiring you to change like it is for me.
If you haven't yet upgraded your skills to DB2 V9, here is some incentive for you: