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March 29, 2013 - 3 comments

Separating from the DOM, a JavaScript Story


Most web applications have to talk to a third party API that they don’t control and didn’t write.  A good strategy for dealing with that library is to have all your access to the library go through a wrapper object.

When you use a wrapper object, you can define the wrapper object in terms that are semantically relevant to your application. It also becomes easier to test your application, because you can test it as far as the wrapper and then test the wrapper's interaction with the API separately.  It’s also easier to change the library if needed.

Those features are valuable in front-end development, too. However, many front-end applications intertwine with the DOM or with a library like jQuery in a way that can make the code extremely dependent on the specifics of one particular page setup.

In this XI to Eye video tutorial I walk through the process of treating jQuery and the DOM like a third-party library, and creating a wrapper object to manage interaction with the DOM.

March 22, 2013 - 3 comments

The Boring Software Manifesto

xitoeyeOver the years the term "agile development " has been co-opted to mean something it's not.  "Agile" does not mean the ability to change things at the last minute. In fact, when it comes to development, this kind of excitement is overrated. Sometimes boring is best.

In this edition of XI to Eye I present "The Boring Software Manifesto." In a Boring Software Process, we use continual steady improvement, automated test suites, and an understanding that requirements change to prevent surprises, and allow us to focus on the problems that are actually interesting. That’s it. No heroic measures needed.

Watch this short five minute video to hear more about agile development, the way I see it.

March 15, 2013 - No Comments!

10 Things I hate About Your Conference Talk

xitoeyeYou've been granted a stage, you've assembled your slides, but are you ready? Public speaking isn't easy, but it doesn't have to be that hard.

In his video "10 Things I Hate About Your Conference Talk," Senior Developer and Agile Coach Noel Rappin delivers the straight talk on how to grab (and hold) your audience's attention. He offers tips and suggestions that are useful for both developers and nontechnical presenters.

You can see Noel put his own skills to the test this spring. He'll be presenting at RailsConf in Portland, Oregon, April 29-May 2.

 "XI to Eye" is a recurring video series produced by Table XI offering the straight talk on everything from development to business strategy. You can find more Table XI videos on our YouTube channel here.