Welcome!

NeoPragma LLC is an IBM Business Partner

Announcements

  • New training offering: Getting started with Java Batch. Live, hands-on, virtual. Course description.
  • Cobbie the Cobol Dinosaur wonders: Is Cobol Type-Safe? Video.
  • Cobol Check technical steering committee meetings are open to the public. Next meeting July 29.

Books

  • Choosing an Agile Scaling Framework. LeanPub
  • Software Development Metrics. Amazon
  • Technical Coaching for IT Organizational Transformation. LeanPub
  • Unit Testing and Test-Driven Development Self-Check. LeanPub
  • What is Professionalism? LeanPub

Upcoming Events and Webinars

  • July 27, 6:00-6:45 MST. Steve Carter (Nutanix) presents “Converged vs. Hyperconverged Infrastructure – Meeting the Demands of the New Era”. Event registration.
  • July 27, 9:00-10:05 MST. Bill Palmer and Erik Reid present “The DevOps Game: Identifying and assessing unseen resource constraints – Pt. 2”. Event registration. Part 1 video on demand: The DevOps Game: Explore the Phoenix Project 10 years later – Pt.1 (66 min.)
  • July 28, 9:00-9:30 MST. Frederico Hakamine (Okta) presents “Hybrid IT 2021 and beyond: post-pandemic strategies”. Event registration.
  • July 28, 11:30-13:00 MST. Jay Bazuzi hosts the Eastside Software Craft Lunch (virtual), Seattle Software Crafters. Event registration.
  • July 29, 9:00-9:50 MST. Ravi Rachhman and Samarth Wadhwa (Harness) present “Infrastructure Meets Source Code Management Principles – Introduction To GitOps”. Event registration.
  • August 5, 11:00-10:00 MST. Kaspar van Grünberg (Humanitec) presents “Developer self-service on Kubernetes”. Event registration hosted by Platform Engineers Amsterdam.
  • August 10, 10:00-10:30 MST. Ryan Niksch (AWS) presents “Red Hat OpenShift Deployment Options on AWS”. Event registration.
  • August 19, 6:00-7:30 MST. IBM webinar: “Get up to speed with your IBM Z Application Development with Application Understanding”. Event registration.

Opportunities for mobbing/ensemble/samman & similar

  • Thursday July 29, 2021. 8:00-17:00 Pacific Time (virtual). Hunter Industries hosts an all-day mob programming workshop for developers in the Pacific time zone. This is a learning event for people interested in learning remote mob programming, as well as hands-on practice. Registration.
  • Monday August 2, 2021. 19:00-20:15 Mountain Time (virtual). Jeff Langr hosts PubMobUS, an open remote mob programming event. Timezone convenient for North and South America. Contact Jeff via Twitter or through his website.
  • Tuesday August 3, 2021. 11:00-13:00 Mountain Time (virtual). Mob Programming Paris. Remote Mob Programming.
  • Monday August 9, 2021. 19:00-20:15 Mountain Time (virtual). Jeff Langr hosts PubMobUS, an open remote mob programming event. Timezone convenient for North and South America. Contact Jeff via Twitter or through his website.
  • Monday August 16, 2021. 19:00-20:15 Mountain Time (virtual). Jeff Langr hosts PubMobUS, an open remote mob programming event. Timezone convenient for North and South America. Contact Jeff via Twitter or through his website.
  • Tuesday August 17, 2021. 11:00-13:00 Mountain Time (virtual). Mob Programming Paris. Remote Mob Programming.
  • Monday August 23, 2021. 19:00-20:15 Mountain Time (virtual). Jeff Langr hosts PubMobUS, an open remote mob programming event. Timezone convenient for North and South America. Contact Jeff via Twitter or through his website.
  • Monday August 30, 2021. 19:00-20:15 Mountain Time (virtual). Jeff Langr hosts PubMobUS, an open remote mob programming event. Timezone convenient for North and South America. Contact Jeff via Twitter or through his website.
  • Tuesday August 31, 2021. 11:00-13:00 Mountain Time (virtual). Mob Programming Paris. Remote Mob Programming.

Cobol Check working sessions and steering committee meetings

  • July 29, 2021. 09:00-10:00 Eastern time. Cobol Check Technical Steering Committee meeting. Open to the public. See the discussion board for details.
  • August 12, 2021. 09:00-10:00 Eastern time. Cobol Check Technical Steering Committee meeting. Open to the public. See the discussion board for details.

Past Events

  • July 19, 2021. Dave Nicolette presented “TDD for COBOL” at the Agile 2021 conference. Video TBD.
  • April 7, 2021. Dave Nicolette presented “Bringing Contemporary Development Practices to the Mainframe Platform” at the Improving Code Meetup. Meetup details
  • March 3, 2021. Open Mainframe Project Meetup – Japan (virtual). OMP presented updates on several key projects, including Zowe, Linux-related projects, and COBOL-related projects. Video of the session is available on YouTube. There’s a short demo of Cobol Check starting at time index 1:54:00.
  • February 25, 2021. Code Freeze 2021: Humane Engineering (virtual). The conference included a two-hour segment of remote mob programming organized by Austin Chadwick and Chris Lucian of the Mob Mentality Show, in which I was privileged to be one of 17 facilitators. Here’s a blog post with my recollections of the event.
  • February 23, 2021. Canton Coders meetup (virtual). Dave Nicolette spoke about mainframe modernization, development tools, and the Cobol Check project. The group had an impromptu mob programming session to try out Cobol Check. The recording is available on YouTube.
  • February 16, 2021. Jersey City JUG (virtual). Dave Nicolette spoke about Java on the mainframe and bringing contemporary development practices to the mainframe world. The session was recorded and is available here: YouTube
  • January 10, 2021. Mob Mentality Show. Chris Lucian and Austin Chadwick interview Dave Nicolette about his use of mob programming as a coaching method, and about bringing contemporary development practices to the mainframe world. The video is online on the Mob Mentality site.
  • December 6, 2020. SPaMCAST. Tom Cagley interviews Dave Nicolette about his 2015 book, Software Development Metrics, and about metrics in general. The webcast is available at tomcagley.com/spamcast-628-software-development-metrics-a-conversation-with-dave-nicolette/.