This blog is dead

November 19, 2010

Since I’ve recently gotten married and changed my name to Peter Evjan, I’m abandoning this blog. From now on, my you can read my thoughts at www.peterevjan.com. The feed address is http://www.peterevjan.com/posts.rss

See you there!

Stoppa pressarna! Stockholm Lean Coffee har sitt första möte i morgon bitti (onsdag 12/5 2010), kl 8:30 på Café Caldo i Sundbyberg. Det ligger nära pendeln/t-banan, på Landsvägen. Vet inte exakt gatunummer, eftersom caféet är nyöppnat, men det är mellan Systembolaget och ICA Supermarket.

Upplägg:
– vi träffas och köper kaffe + frukostmacka
– vi skriver ner tänkbara samtalsämnen för morgonen
– vi röstar på vilka ämnen som är intressantast och betar av dem i turordning utifrån popularitet. Under tiden finns möjlighet att fylla i den mindmap som ligger framme och som sedan kommer att fotas och läggas upp på våran blogg för att vi ska kunna gå tillbaka senare och se vad som diskuterades
– det hela avslutas när folk tycker att det är dags att gå till jobbet

Alla är välkomna, det här är ett generellt lean-forum. Har du bakgrund inom akademiska världen, bilbranschen, vården eller mjukvaruindustrin spelar ingen roll, det är bara att dyka upp.

Om det finns nog med intresse för det här flyttar vi gärna in till ett mer centralt beläget café i Stockholm, men som det är nu så jobbar vi tre som drar i det hela i Sundbybergsområdet, därför var det smidigast så. Klaga gärna, vi är flexibla med både tid och plats!

Om ni vill läsa mer om Lean Coffee-konceptet kan ni kolla upp ursprunget: Seattle Lean Coffee.

The Hippocratic Oath

April 7, 2010

I’ve never read the Hippocratic Oath before. It’s fascinating. Read through it a few times for yourself and think about it. What does it mean? Why is it used? Does any of it apply to your profession?

This is a modern version of it, written in 1964.

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

The Swedish ALT.NET will be hosting yet another “unconference” (a conference driven by its participants) Saturday the 7th of February in Stockholm, i.e. a few days from now. Last time was an absolute blast, so if you’re into the .NET platform then I strongly suggest you chum along. ALT.NET is all about constantly improving your software development skills and keeping an open mind about what the best solution to different development problems might be, and not blindly accepting a “one size fits all” solution from any specific vendor. Just head over to the Swedish ALT.NET site to register (for free of course).

In addition to the open spaces discussions that we hosted last time, we’ll also be listening to some interesting lighting talks (very short presentations) at the beginning of the event. I’ll be giving one about object databases, and others will be talking about iPhone development, code rot, mocking, OpenTK, BDD with MSpec and Continuous Integration.

My blog according to Wordle

December 5, 2008

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Cool stuff, I like Wordle.

Last night I came back from Øredev, a developer conference which took place in Malmö, Sweden. And what a conference it was, so super crammed with nice and motivated people and interesting talks.

The first thing that struck me, months ahead, was the impressive line-up. No wonder I decided to go there instead of the more exotically located PDC2008. Big names such as Robert C. Martin, Eric Evans, Ayende Rahien, DHH, Kevlin Henney and Scott Bellware in combination with track topics that are really close to my heart, e.g. .NET, Agile Ways, Test, DDD, Cool Languages and ALT.NET made for a really interesting mixture.

In retrospect, the conference was an absolute blast. And I’m not the only one thinking so, in fact it seems to hold up really well in international comparison according to people who have been to more conferences than I have. Just read what Microsoft’s Glenn Block and Ayende Rahien wrote during their stay there.

I was more interested in the ALT.NET track (a full day) than the ordinary .NET track, because of the topics. Instead of some sort of corporate demoware sessions, which tend to bore me, I chose the alternative. After an excellent introduction by my collegue Joakim Sundén, interesting presentations were held by Scott Bellware, Ayende Rahien and Glenn Block followed by a panel debate featuring all of the above.

The best presentation was probably “Using Active Record to write less code” by Ayende Rahien, which was cocky and super motivating. Even though I have some experience using ActiveRecord, and pretty much knew about the features he brought up, I had the same “wow” reaction as everyone else did. If you can deliver an ad-hoc presentation which preaches to a converted and makes him want to re-convert, then you’re on to something.

I could go on and on about the conference, but suffice it to say that I’ll most definitely be going back year after year if they keep it up. Bravo!

The first swedish ALT.NET unconference is taking place in Stockholm this Saturday (13th of September). It’ll be a fun day filled with open space meetings on different topics aiming to increase awareness of more than just the Microsoft way of doing things on the .NET platform. We draw inspiration from the open source community, other developing platforms and even Microsoft themselves in the quest for determining the best option for solving different problems.

To find out more, go to the swedish ALT.NET site, where you also can register for free.