New England Software Symposium
March 5 - 7, 2010 - Boston, MA
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Practical Agile Database Development
Do your team's agile practices extend to the database? Agile methods are fairly well-understood as they apply to code, but these principles are not commonly understood or practiced on the databases that typically accompany enterprise software projects. Learn the tools, techniques, and mindset your team needs to make incremental improvements to the database’s design over time with confidence.
We'll cover Scott Ambler and Pramod Sadalage's vision of database agility as described in their book Refactoring Databases. We'll discuss the five-pointed constellation of evolutionary design, refactoring, automated testing, source control, and developer sandboxes, and how each of these practices contributes to successful database development. In particular, we'll look at how these practices are enabled by the open-source tool, Liquibase. We'll study a database badly in need of reform, select some refactorings from Ambler's catalog, and implement them in real time in a way that can satisfy the development team and the maybe even the production DBAs! This tool and the practices that animate it produce real results, cleaning up an area of development that is all too often left messy and uncontrolled. If there is a relational database in your life, you will benefit from this talk.
About Tim Berglund
Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves working with people as much as he loves to code. He believes the best developer is one who is well-informed of specifics and can also make deep connections between software development and the broader world. He has recently been exploring non-relational data stores, why professionalized product management is a global suboptimization, and of course everything related to Git. He does not really believe that it is possible to teach, but rather believes that it is his responsibility to create an environment in which people can learn.
He is also a poet, having composed and produced companion videos for Oh, The Methods You'll Compose and The Maven, with another project currently in the works. If you've been in his Git classes, you've seen some famous poems make their way into the world's best version control system.
Tim is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, and is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group, author of the Gradle Liquibase Plugin, the maintainer of the Ratpack web framework, co-presenter of the best-selling O'Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle, a member of the O'Reilly Expert Network, and a member of the GigOM Pro Analyst Network. He occasionally blogs at timberglund.com.
He lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their three children.More About Tim »