AgileScotland workshop coming up

Clarke Ching is setting up another AgileScotland workshop in Edinburgh for the near future ‘before summer’ as he says. The theme is ‘using agile to save your job‘ and will be a mixture of ‘how to do agile’ and experience reports. I went to one of his workshops last year and found it real useful.

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Work experience aids employability

The BBC put up an article saying that the CBI and Universities UK commissioned a report surveying graduate recruiters found that 78% rated employability skills essential. The ’employability skills’ they identified were: self-management team working business and customer awareness problem solving communication and literacy application of numeracy application of information technology Each of these is

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Git for scm with students

Saw Scott Chacon do a great talk at Scotland on Rails, which convinced me that Git would be more useful than subversion for students to use with projects. It looks a breeze on *nix or Mac, but less so on Windows. The immediate goal is to get Git installed on the department server so that

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Scotland on Rails 2009

Getting ready for Scotland on Rails in Edinburgh from Thursday to Saturday. I’m giving a presentation on Friday about teaching Rails. Ran it by the person currently teaching the MSc conversion students Ruby, and he thought it fine, and mentioned that he was real pleased with how it’s been going. The students are learning lots,

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Agile industrial experience for students

Students, especially the MSc students, are always wanting to have industry related projects. One way to do this is to get industry to come to us for software projects. This will not happen overnight however. I’m sure the other universities who’ve done this also started small.¬†Some sound impressive, and are relevance to what we might

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Eclipse and mobile application development

The iphone and googlephone assualt on the rest of mobileland is having an effect. It seems that the other mobile handset OEMs are now gathering behind a proposed tool for building mobile apps based on Eclipse. It will hopefully work well and integrate some of the web features available for iphone development under Aptana, which

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