Women in Agile: The Changing Face of Agile – Session Notes

In this post, I will share my notes on a presentation about Women in Agile given for the Agile Alliance.

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In this video, Natalie Warnert, the chair of our Women in Agile Initiative, explains the background behind the program. Then Cindy Morse, VP of Engineering Operations at Salesforce Marketing Cloud discusses her involvement and experiences in the greater technology community. This workshop is part of the Women in Agile Initiative.
– Description from the Agile Alliance web page.
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October 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Visual Studio Code: Use, Build, Improve

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An Open-Source Project

In a previous post, I mentioned that I plan to participate in an open-source project as part of my sabbatical activities. After looking at quite a few projects, I found one that I believe will give me the experience I want- which is to get firsthand understanding of software development work-flow and practices in an open-source project.

A Cross-Platform Code Editor

The project is Visual Studio Code. VS Code is a lightweight, cross-platform, coding editor that supports plug-ins. It’s not an IDE, although with the right plug-ins it can give you all the power of a modern IDE. It is very similar to Sublime Text or Atom. In fact, it is built on Electron, the same framework used by Atom.  (Electron is a  framework for building desktop apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.) (more…)

October 8, 2016 at 6:01 am Leave a comment

Open Source Machine Translation Projects

Why I want to contribute to an open-source project

I’m looking for an open source projects for machine translation of natural languages that I can contribute to. My motivation comes partly from my sabbatical project– one part of the project is to manage an open source project. No, I’m not looking for a project to take over. I just want to get some experience as a contributor before I manage a project. Another part of my motivation comes from my long-term interest in linguistics and translation- my master’s degree is in Linguistics. And, I’ve started getting sucked in by the exciting stuff happening now in machine leaning. (more…)

October 7, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Agile Sabbatical

I am currently on sabbatical from Lane Community College studying the current “best practices” in Agile software development as they are being applied in the local software industry. I am conducting this study by:

  • Reading current literature on Agile methodologies
  • Visiting software development teams at local companies to do observation and interviews
  • Applying what I learn to managing a software development team on an Open Source software project

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October 6, 2016 at 2:55 pm 2 comments

Is It possible to run a 100% Remote Team?

At QCon 2015, in SanFrancisco, Jeremy Edberg gave a presentation on remote teams. In this post I will summarize what he said about the pitfalls they’ve run into at his company, the parts that are working well, and a summary of their research talking to other fully or partially remote teams. (more…)

October 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

Using the Android Fused Location Provider

location-clipart-map_pinIn this post, I’ll walk you through the code in a very minimal app that just demonstrates getting locaiton. This app was created using the Xamarin Android platform, so it is written in C# but still uses the Fused Location Provider API which is provided by Google Play Services . My code is available on GitHub in a Xamarin Studio / Visual Studio solution: Geolocation Demo. (more…)

May 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm 2 comments

The Google Play Services APIs for Android

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Why Use the Google Play Services APIs?

Google Play Services (also known as Google APIs for Android) and abbreviated GPS, is a set of APIs that are delivered in the form of an app that can be updated via the Google Play Store. The reason Google provides these APIs this way is to reduce fragmentation of the Android platform. Fragmentation is a result of many different versions of Android running on devices out in the wild. (more…)

May 27, 2016 at 10:05 am 1 comment

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