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John Ferguson Smart

John is a freelance consultant specialising in Enterprise Java, Web Development, and Open Source technologies, currently based in Wellington, New Zealand. Well known in the Java community for his many published articles, John helps organisations to optimize their Java development processes and infrastructures and provides training and mentoring in open source technologies, SDLC tools, and agile development processes. John is principal consultant at Wakaleo Consulting, a company that provides consulting, training and mentoring services in Enterprise Java and Agile Development.

 

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Slides from the Java Power Tools talk at Devoxx - part 1

Posted by johnsmart on January 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM PST

Some of the live presentations from last year's Devoxx conference in Antwerp are starting to be posted on their site. I've had a couple of requests for the slides from the Java Power Tools talk I gave there.

Java Power Tools is an Essential Java Resource!

Posted by johnsmart on January 26, 2009 at 9:18 AM PST
All true craftsmen need the best tools

Java Power Tools figures in

CI Tips and Tricks for Maven and Nexus

Posted by johnsmart on January 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM PST

Nexus guru Brian Fox, from Sonatype, has published some excellent entries in his blog on the Sonatype site about Nexus, and about Repository Managers in general.

Making Agile Real in Chicago this August

Posted by johnsmart on January 21, 2009 at 2:45 PM PST

One conference that I'm really looking forward to this year is Agile 2009, which takes place in Chicago, August 24 to 28,

Capital investement for developers - keep yourself marketable!

Posted by johnsmart on January 19, 2009 at 9:57 AM PST

What's new in the 2009 Java Power Tools Bootcamps

Posted by johnsmart on January 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM PST

Experimenting with Twitter

Posted by johnsmart on January 10, 2009 at 8:52 PM PST

I'm not a big fan of social networking tools such as Facebook and the like (they seem like a great way to generate distractions, and I can do that easily enough myself without any extra help ;-)). However, after being invited by a few friends, I've decided to play around with Twitter. You never know, someone might say something interesting.

Do you distribute your builds?

Posted by johnsmart on December 30, 2008 at 1:23 PM PST

When organisations first set up a Continuous Integration environment, distributed builds are often fairly low down on the list - more in the "nice-to-have" category, or considered too advanced to look at initially. However, distributed builds are actually more than just a "nice-to-have" - once you start using them, they become quite addictive!

Java Power Tools is a JOLT Award Finalist!

Posted by johnsmart on December 22, 2008 at 7:58 PM PST
All true craftsmen need the best tools

The Java Power Tools book has been named a

Boss, we need a new build server

Posted by johnsmart on December 18, 2008 at 5:28 PM PST
All true craftsmen need the best tools


This is a short article I wrote for the Devoxx conference, and which appeared in one of the Parlays magazines that was distributed during the conference