Setting up with Cordova under Linux

Building mobile apps with HTML/CSS may not be universally beneficial but for certain types of apps it does offer the write-once/deploy-everywhere attitude that Xamarin valiantly fails at. The Apache Cordova platform (currenty at version 4) is the enabler here and its magic allows developers to leverage their knowledge…

#Tags: programming, mobile, android, cordova

Scrum is the Wing Chun of software development

Wing Chun is a Chinese martial art whose philosophy is fairly different than others and this is easily reflected in practice:   Although the instructor underlines particular situations, you get plenty of hints at what the general idea is. Adapt and react to change, embrace it, go close to it…

#Tags: scrum, wing chun

Xamarin is largely pointless

Xamarin is a platform that prides itself on an attempt to make mobile cross-platform development acessible. And it fails. I've toyed with it in the hopes that it will make writing and deploying Android apps easier, but I was terribly disappointed. It's not a write-once/deploy everywhere platform: the code…

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Agility test: speed vs velocity

A while ago I posted the translation for a quick verification of whether your work environment uses an Agile mindset. Here is another quick test, this time focusing on Scrum but referring to two tools that aren't directly part of the Scrum framework: velocity and sizing. The gist of it…

#Tags: agile, scrum, development, velocity

An Agility Test

Not too long ago I discovered this blog post by former colleague Cornel Fatulescu (Pentalog). Consequent to his firm belief in Agile values (one that I share), he published a set of questions that can serve as a good guideline for assessing a team's Agile inclinations. These questions (straightforward in…

#Tags: scrum, development, agile scrum, definition of done

PHP 5.3 - End of Life statistics

PHP 5.3 met its end-of-life in August 2014. It's been a good run for the most popular 5.x version (given by the several breaking changes introduced in PHP 5.4). How did the PHP 5.x universe looked a year ago? (using data from here as well as…

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