Presentations in NDC London and Skillsmatter in December

Back in the old days I used to get aggravated at folks that asked to blog on CodeBetter and then do nothing but post about their upcoming conference talks, but now I’m apparently that guy now.

Anyway, I’m going to be in London the first week of December for NDC London and a night at Skillsmatter.  At NDC I’m giving a talk on my organization’s experiences with automated testing and some of the technical strategies we use to get better results and more reliable tests against very enterprise-y systems.  Don’t be fooled by the word “testing” in the title, this is a very technical talk with no hint of non-coding Agile Coach “all you need is good communication” naiveté and very little process mumbo jumbo.

I’m also going to be playing straight man to Rob Ashton and Rob Conery’s snark filled shenanigans in a debate over testability on the .Net platform versus Node.js.  While many folks have already written me off (the .Net side), just remember that the Harlem Globetrotters would be no fun without the Washington Generals around.

Most excitedly for me, I’m getting to go speak Thursday night, Dec. 4th at Skillsmatter on several of the OSS projects I work on and with.  I’ll…

  • Discuss FubuMVC’s approach to modularity and how my organization exploits this to cleanly isolate feature development in large applications.
  • Demonstrate the much improved “fubu new” story for mix and match generation of a full code trees
  • Briefly explain why I think RavenDb could be one of the best things to ever happen to .Net development and how we’re using it inside FubuMVC applications and our test automation harness.
  • Show how we’ve used Katana to create an efficient development server and an option for embedding FubuMVC in any .Net process.
  • Explain why in the world we went to the effort of building Ripple (http://fubuworld/ripple) to smooth out our early issues with using Nuget for complex dependency management.
  • Talk about some of our new tools and tricks for distributed development including the new FubuTransportation service bus. I’ll also show how we’re using multi-AppDomain support with our Bottles modularity framework to make debugging and testing easier for distributed development.
  • The 3.0 release of StructureMap is close to being released, and while IoC containers are a dime a dozen now, I’d like to share some of the hard lessons I’ve learned about usability, non-insane exception messages, performance, and useful diagnostics over the past decade of developing and supporting StructureMap.
  • And just in case you thought xUnit tools were a completely solved problem, I’d love to talk about why I’m so enthusiastic about the new Fixie testing tool (

This is my first time to spend any kind of significant time in London and I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends on your side of the pond and the inevitable bouts of “man, I didn’t recognize you from your twitter avatar.”



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