Steve Metsker and I have co-written Design Patterns in Java, available from Addison-Wesley. This is a workbook-style book, updating Steve's earlier Design Patterns Java Workbook and Design Patterns in C#.
Joshua Kerievsky has made available Industrial Logic's "Smell to Refactoring Cheat Sheet." (http://industriallogic.com/papers/smellstorefactorings.pdf)
John Roth pointed out this blurb (Science Daily article) on problem-solving and team-size. It shows collaborative groups of 3-5 out-performing the best individuals on a problem-solving task.
The Origins game conference is June 29th - July 2, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. There's almost nothing in the way of electronic games, but there are many sessions and seminars on other types of games.
I pulled down the spreadsheet schedule and it had something like 3600 events on it. There's a huge vendor area as well.
Brian Marick and I are co-hosting a session, "Extreme Test Makeover," at the Agile Conference, currently scheduled for Monday, July 24.
The idea is that you bring your code and tests, ready to run. We'll have a number of people who are experts in unit testing and acceptance testing, to help you improve and extend your tests.
Dr. Sallie Henry died March 7, 2006.
She came to the Computer Science department at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, in 1979. Her energy and enthusiasm were a real boost. She encouraged many students - most of the CS people I know from those days are still actively in the software business.
Interesting article in the SD Times - "agile software development processes are in use at 14 percent of North American and European enterprises" and "Another 19 percent of enterprises are either interested in adopting agile or already planning to do so, the survey found."
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Somebody at MIT was nice enough to make available the videos for lectures on Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, by Abelson and Sussman.
It's a refresher in just how powerful Lisp is. For a language approaching 50 years old, it's pretty amazing.