[LRUG] "Designer code": with Ruby refactoring exercises
aimee at edendevelopment.co.uk
Fri Jan 7 07:39:41 PST 2011
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On 7 January 2011 13:47, Chris Parsons <chris at edendevelopment.co.uk> wrote:
> On 7 January 2011 09:53, Priit Tamboom <priit at mx.ee> wrote:
>> > 6:30pm in Southwark. It's called "Designer Code", and is all about how
>> > can design our code to have great User Experience. There'll be some fun
>> > refactoring exercises to do as part of the workshop.
>> Thanks for organisers, it was really nice and useful refactoring
>> exercise indeed.
> You're welcome! It was fun to teach.
>> What bothers me personally is that all those teams who are doing
>> ping-pong, pair or other fancy stuff are using SINGLE machine only per
>> pair. Basically it means I or other team members don't have much
>> freedom left for developing own comfortable working environment.
>> Basically now I should start worry about what is the latest "popular"
>> flavours out there etc, what a nuisance.
> This is an interesting problem we've solved a couple of different ways
> 1) Central pairing iMacs: this worked well for a while: they were standard
> installs and everything was the same. Got old after a while as we ended up
> having vimrc fights and people like to customize the environment they're in.
> 2) Laptop on big screen + two keyboards + one other laptop: also good: one
> person uses their own laptop and drives a fair bit, the other uses their
> laptop for research and a bit of typing.
> 3) tmux + vim: this works really well. Basically you have a shared terminal
> screen open on your own laptop with which you can both interact. You still
> get full control over your machine for looking at browser output and
> browsing/research. Works brilliantly remotely too, if you can go through the
> hassle of setting it up.
> All these require a fair amount of editor/tool similarity in the team.
> Generally speaking we've shied away from overly customized environments for
> this reason. We tend to stick to vim without too many plugins, or remapping
> of common keys. Occasionally we switch back to textmate if that works better
> for people. I've learnt to use built in/generic functionality more and more
> with editors, and rely less on plugins for entirely this reason: it keeps
> the learning curve flat for your pair.
> Does anybody got statistics to show how many and what type of teams
>> really using pair style?
> Eden pairs on almost all production code, and a lot of non-production code,
> too. Our guideline is: if you can think of a good reason not to pair, then
> don't. If not, pair.
> Hope that helps
> Chris Parsons
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