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IDCC Conference in Israel -- Sept. 14th

August 18, 2009

IDCC is a community organized conference scheduled to take place in Herzeliya on September 14th. The event is organized by Ken Egozi, Ohad Israeli,  Avishay Lavie, Avi Pinto and Ori Peleg. More than 40 people have suggested more than 80 sessions for this event ( I proposed two sessions one on SOA patterns and one on the SPAMMED architecture framework). Anyway one interesting aspect of this event is that once the call for session ended the decision on presentation is passed to the community so prospective attendees are now invited to vote which sessions will actually be presented.

I saw that a lot of people blogged about the event promoting the session they submitted. I thought that instead, I’d take this opportunity to promote the sessions I’d like to see:

  • Building a Testing Eco-system - Not Just UnitTests - Ariel Raunstein  So UnitTests are important. You have to write them. Let's move on. But ask yourself, even if you have your code coverage at 100% - do YOU feel confident about your application's customer readiness? We'll talk a little about how to approach creating a sustainable test eco-system for your project, using regression tests; database tests; random tests; UI tests; integration tests; feature or behavior tests; deployment tests; CI basics; and how to use the QA to your advantage, and not just make them your punching bag.

  • Debugging .NET and Native Applications in the Field – Gadi Meir - Customer sites, testing & QA labs do not acquire the presence of Visual Studio, Single-stepping though the application code is not a practical approach to catch an elusive bug at production sites, sites which are being consumed by live users. Saying that, many bugs only reveal themselves in such environments. What can be one do ?By using the freely available Debugging Tools for Windows package, the SOS extension, and some other useful tools, it is possible, without installation, to collect and analyze debug information. Over this session we will overview what one needs to know in order to utilize these valuable tools and techniques straight away. The session is loaded with practical information, demos, and includes guidelines based on field experience.

  • Building Scalable Systems – Oren Eini (aka Ayende) -We aren't building single user systems anymore. If fact, we are building systems that needs to handle hundreds of thousands or millions of users. The methods that we used to build low scalability applications are not applicable when we want our applications to scale. In this session, we will talk about scalability hindrances, designing for scalability and look into some of the constraints that building scalable systems place on us.

  • Beautiful teams and code leaders – Roy Osherov -  In this talk we'll explore some techniques, tactics and strategies for building, maintaining and driving a better software team and the people behind it. what does it take to lead people, to drive them? what does it mean to be in a constant state of productivity? how do you create a super effective and creative team,even if you don't have an all-star team to begin with? what tools, best practices and techniques can and should a team use to deliver great software? from automated builds to managing people - we'll try to cover some hard lessons, in a fun way.

  • IronRuby - The Development Booster Machine – Shay Friedman - IronRuby V1.0 is just around the corner and it's a great time to get your hands dirty! In this session you will get familiar with the main concepts of IronRuby and see how this exciting new .Net language will help you boost your everyday work. From testing to polishing your software, you will be astonished about this new developer best friend!

  • Reliability, Availability, and Scalability – How to have your cake, and eat it too – Udi Dahan - Architects love the word “scalability”. We talk about transactions per second and page views per day and on and on.Of course, none of that scalability means anything if the system is down or if data gets lost or corrupted. Finding the right balance between reliability, availability, and scalability for the various parts of a system is critical to avoid unnecessarily costly solutions. This presentation will show a set of patterns that strikes this balance, their connection to supporting technologies, and their applicability across many enterprise domains. You can have it all.

So go vote :)

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