On sabbatical leave

15 May 2013

Last August I completed my tenth year with ThoughtWorks, and we have a tradition to let people take a three-month long sabbatical leave after ten years. Mine got postponed a bit but now I’m off, until August.

During my leave I’ll take it easy, spend more time with the family, but I’m also going to make some progress on the Softvis project that Jonathan McCracken and I started a long time ago. You can see the first steps here: softvis.github.io. More in three months. Hopefully.

If you are interested in writing up a visualisation and contributing it to the project, please get in touch! Maybe, if we get enough visualisations written up, we’ll publish them in a book.

New releases for OCMock and CCMenu

29 March 2013

The last couple of months saw less writing and more coding. I’ve managed to finish a much requested feature for OCMock, namely the ability to mock class methods, which resulted in the release of OCMock 2.1.

At the same time I worked on the (long overdue) Mountain Lion version of CCMenu. It uses the notification system added in OS X 10.8 instead of Growl notifications. The new version is available via the built-in update mechanism and, as usual, from the SourceForge project site. Starting with this version, CCMenu is also available on the App Store. I’m planing to support both distribution channels for the foreseeable future.

The Buy-vs-Build Shift (part 4)

7 January 2013

After discussing issues with building software in part 1 and issues with buying software in parts 2 and 3, this concluding post of the series considers two approaches for organisations to deal with the buys build shift.

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The Buy-vs-Build Shift (part 2 and 3)

12 November 2012

In part 1 of this series I discussed traditional reasons people have for buying software, which turned out mostly to be based on perceived or real issues with building software. In this post, which contains part 2 and 3, I discuss issues with buying software.

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Travelcard Invader

28 October 2012

When I lived in London I used public transport a lot. Who doesn’t? But for some reason, which I don’t remember now, I started keeping my used travelcards in a box. I also asked Martina, my partner, for hers. As you can imagine, over the years we ended up with quite a collection. In fact, we had to buy travelcards until we moved to Clerkenwell late in 2006 because the station in Hackney, where we had lived before, didn’t have Oyster card readers.

Stumbling across the box when we left London I had an idea: If there’s post-it art, why not make travelcard art? I took a few years but now I’ve finally done it. The Travelcard Invader has arrived.

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