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Next week marks my first visit to Geneva, Switzerland. While there, I will be teaching a course on Refactoring to Better Design and Test Driven Development: Evolving Legacy Code at The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN.

I'm excited to be making the trip and I hope to find some time while I'm there to take in the sights, not least of which is CERN itself. You may have heard of CERN recently, as scientists there have made international headlines with the discovery of the "God Particle," the Higgs-Boson.

According to their site, "At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter - the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature."

A less well known fact about #CERN is that it was the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The web started out at CERN in a project called ENQUIRE which was headed up in 1990 by Robert Cailliau and Tim Berners-Lee as a means of facilitating collaboration between scientists. A copy of the first web page ever created can be found here.

I will be arriving Sunday, Sept. 15 and returning Saturday the 21st. If you will be in Geneva that week and you'd like to get together to discuss #refactoring or #tdd, please contact me. For information about other upcoming trips (like Brazil!) visit my page at joeyoder.com


It's a beautiful warm day here in Music City, #Nashville, Tennessee. I'm happy to be back in Nashville and to be attending #agile2013 again this year. The conference starts today, so I'm excited to be getting right into the event, although I have been talked into setting some time aside to go honky tonkin' tonight!

I managed to get an early start to the conference by coming down a bit early to visit with my fellow Hillsider, Linda Rising, aka "The Queen of Patterns." I also saw her talk today entitled "The Agile Mindset - what's next?"

While here, I'm also meeting with my friend and colleague, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, with whom I will be presenting a talk entitled "Agile Quality Scenarios: How to Be Nimble and Precise." In the talk, Rebecca and I will discuss how to write Quality Scenarios in an #Agile manner in order to avoid the major refactoring and system architecture upheaval that often become necessary after software qualities like security, scalability and reliability are overlooked until late in the game as we are trying to rush to market.

I anticipate a lot of other interesting talks at the conference, as well, as over 200 other speakers will be at the event to discuss all aspects of Agile practices. If you'll be at the conference or in Nashville this week, look me up!


I recently returned from a trip to Israel. It was my first time in Israel, and the trip was a success. I was there teaching TDD to a client in Haifa. I also managed to take some time to visit some of the sights of Haifa and see a little of Tel Aviv. I even managed to get out of the country right as the recent aggressions began.

The purpose of my trip was to provide training for my client in Pragmatic Test Driven Development. While there, I managed to meet with some good friends like Atzmon Hen-Tov, David H. Lorenz and Lior Schachter to discuss an open-source implemenatation of an AOM framework called Ink, which is itself an evolution of ModelTalk.

It was good to see my colleages again and to visit Israel, and even better to get out just in time. Still, I look forward to being able to go back again. I hope to see more of the country next time and to participate in future collaborations with my colleagues.


I'm excited to be headed back for my "annual" summer trip to Portugal. I'll once again be arriving in the city of Porto, where I'll be taking in the sights while I await the beginning of the Agile & Scrum Portugal 2013 Convention. This is the first year that these two conferences will join efforts to help promote the best for software development in Portugal.

I will visit Ademar Aguiar for a couple of days in Porto before we travel by train to Lisbon where the conference will be held for the first time. This is my second visit to Lisbon, and I'm excited to see more of what the city has to offer. During my first visit, Ademar and I had one intensive day to see the highlights of the city. This time I will be there for a few days, so I can be more relaxed while catching the sights. I'm also looking forward to reconnecting with my fellow Hillsider Linda Rising. During the conference on Friday afternoon, I'll be presenting a keynote entitled, "Taming Big Balls of Mud with Diligence, Agile Practices, and Hard Work." I will also be hosting a workshop Saturday on the subject, "Agile Quality Scenarios: How to Be Nimble and Precise."

After the conference, Ademar and I will be headed back to Porto for the Festa de São João do Porto. One of the world's biggest parties, this festival is something I look forward to whenever I have the opportunity to attend (which I have been able to attend for the last 5 years). If you'll be at the convention or the festival, get a hold of me!


I just got back from Kraków, Poland last week where I attended JDD 2012. While at the Java developers conference, I presented a talk called "When Should You Consider Meta-Architectures? Using Meta to Scale the Cloud." I also spoke on the subject, "Pragmatic, Not Dogmatic TDD: Rethinking How We Test" with Rebecca Wirfs-Brock.

I've just barely recovered from JDD and now I'm heading to Haifa, Israel. This is my first time in Israel so I'm excited about being there. While there, I'll be presenting a course on the subject of Test-Driven Development for a client of mine who maintains offices there. I've never been to Israel, so I'm excited take in some of the sites in Haifa and possibly Tel Aviv. If you'll be in the area and would like to get together, get ahold of me.



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