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Austin Code Camp 2013

At today’s Austin Code Camp, I gave a talk titled, “Fixie: a Test Framework for the Discerning Control Freak”. It covered the motivation behind Fixie as well as a series of customization examples. All of the examples are based on … Continue reading 

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Climbing the green mountain

How to defeat the evil green mountain what is the green mountain? A picture is worth a thousand words. The green mountain is the response time graph from huboard. From time to time the GitHub api hangs and takes a … Continue reading 

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Tiny Nudges in the General Direction of Success

Yesterday, I described a leaky abstraction in the Fixie test framework. I introduced a complex and viral solution to a simple and localized problem. Eventually, it caused a bug: consumers who customized Fixie in just the right way could experience … Continue reading 

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Message around a brick: Rising to traffic spikes

LEGO.com impressed me with its ability to scale to handle a spike in traffic last Thursday. Seeing it through the lens of Jimmy Bogard’s presentation “Telephones and postcards: Our brave new world of messaging,” I paid attention to what LEGO … Continue reading 

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The Leakiest Abstraction

Centuries from now, when archaeologists are digging through the rubble patch located over the former home of the GitHub servers, they will recover a copy of Fixie’s repository. Inspecting its history, an unfortunate soul will discover a particularly horrible abstraction. … Continue reading 

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No, Seriously. Don’t Repeat Yourself.

A few weeks back, while writing about Fixie’s treatment of command line arguments, I discovered a bug which had been lurking for months. This bug was easy to trigger and produced a useless error message, making for a lame first … Continue reading 

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Fixie’s Elevator Pitch

I’ve been developing a .NET test framework, Fixie, over the last few months, documenting my progress each week on my old blog. The relevant posts are reachable via the Fixie github page. For my inaugural Los Techies post, I thought … Continue reading 

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Welcome Patrick Lioi to Los Techies

I am the lucky donkey who gets to announce Patrick Lioi has joined Los Techies. I’ve benefited from working with Patrick at two jobs now; the first was a happy coincidence, the second, quite deliberate. Patrick is interested in what … Continue reading 

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The Open Space Experience

Join us at Los Techies Fiesta Open Space Conference October 25-27 An Open Space conference is really a different experience than the traditional, presentation driven conference.  While both formats are about learning new things, they go about it in entirely different ways. … Continue reading 

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The 30 Second Standup

The 30 Second Standup Every team should continuously challenge dogmatic practices and reflect on their value. Well written! Thanks Matt

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