Thursday, 19 July 2012

Agile Cambridge 2012 - The Skeleton Walks Again

I’ve had the honour of being accepted for a session at this year's Agile Cambridge (@acconf) in September. I’ll be getting the walking skeleton out of its closet for probably the final time: 

The walking skeleton was described by Alistair Cockburn as "... a tiny implementation of the system that performs a small end-to-end function. It need not use the final architecture, but it should link together the main architectural components. The architecture and the functionality can then evolve in parallel." It is also one of the theme's in Freeman & Pryce's Growing Object Oriented Software Guided by Tests.

In this session I will start with an (almost) clean IDE and develop a walking skeleton for a simple application and demonstrate how Test Driven Development (TDD) can be used even at the system level to test features.

I’ve only managed to attend Agile Cambridge once (the birth of my second son prevented me attending the last one) and it’s a great little conference with a friendly atmosphere and lots of familiar faces. This year key notes are being given by Dave Snowden (@snowded) and Dan North (@tastapod) and there are pre-conference tutorials from the likes of Liz Keogh (@lunivore) and Allan Kelly (@allankellynet).

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