Monday, January 08, 2007

XP 2007 Call for Papers

This years european conference on Extreme Programming and Agile Software Development, the XP 2007, takes place in Como, Italy. Again I am member of the program committee and I would like to invite you to submit papers, tutorials, workshop proposals and so on. The CfP is still open, so don't forget to submit something!!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Three Secrets... ;-)

Thanks to Eberhard I have to tell you three things about myself before I am supposed to hand over the baton to some of my colleagues and friends...
  • I started my programming carreer with the Amstrad/Schneider CPC 664, the second edition of this home computer that was the first one with an integrated a floppy disk drive (strange 3" format). After a few years a got a mouse for this machine and wrote a completely useless icon editor for fun (in basic, of course). I thought icons would be a cool thing to edit... :-)
  • I am one of the authors of Discovery DTP, a full-featured desktop publishing system that I implemented for the Atari ST/TT, together with a friend of mine. The program was published as shareware by the ST-Computer magazine, a german computer magazine for Atari at that time. This was implemented in C and we worked on it for several years. And, of course, we implemented everything on our own, including virtual memory management, vector-font rendering, text formatting and much more... I still have the source code on a CD. Fun to read... I think I made every single mistake that my software engineering professor at the University talked about years later when I started to study computer science.
  • My first (and last) computer game that I played intensively was Sorcery, a really strange fantasy game for the Amstrad/Schneider CPC 664. I found a screenshot of that game, looks really cool...
And now, the next three people in the row: congratulations to Sebastian, Robert and Stefan.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Labels and Specialized Feeds

I recently switched to the new blogger implementation. Now I am able to tag my posts with self-defined labels and you are able to watch blog entries per label or even subscribe to atom or rss feeds per label. Here are a few example feed URLs for my blog:
Oh, btw: Happy New Year!