ALE2015 Unconference – what about having it in Sofia, Bulgaria?


The Agile Lean Europe (ALE) network is a pan-European open network for people passionate about Agile and Lean practices and thinking.

Since 2011, volunteers from the ALE network are organizing unconferences building a melting pot of Agile and Lean practitioners with many diverse perspectives and influences. It is intended as a cross-border, non-profit collaboration event for mutual learning and continuous improvement.

ALE2015 hosting city

There is an open discussion about selection of the hosting city of the next ALE Unconference in 2015 (ALE2015). One of the ideas is to have it in Sofia, Bulgaria

Vote for it

If you like the idea of having this event in Bulgaria – you’re very welcome to support it by voting here.

Some resources

Here are a few links about the ALE network and past ALE unconferences:

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DbFit 3.1.0 has been released

DbFit 3.1.0 has been released today and is available for download here.

Release date: 9 September 2014

With this release we introduce support for Netezza and greatly enhanced support for Teradata. Huge thanks respectively to Patrick and to Mark Matten who contributed to these!

New features

  • Teradata support (#307, #316, #322) – thanks to Mark Matten.
  • Netezza support (#337) – thanks to Patrick.
  • Add Execute Ddl fixture (#312)
  • Better support for statements raising exceptions outside a transaction (#309)
  • Update FitNesse to 20140903 (#339)

Documentation improvements

  • Enhance Eclipse usage instructions (#323)

Code Changes Which May Affect Customizations and Extensions

  • AbstractDbEnvironment: moved setAutocommit(false) to afterConnectionEstablished (#327)

Development and Project improvements

  • DbFit build: allow customizing Oracle connection details for the acceptance tests (#338)
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DbFit 3.0.1 has been released

DbFit 3.0.1 has been released today and is available for download here.

Release date: 13 May 2014

This is mainly a maintenance and development environment improvement release.

Thanks to all contributors and to everyone who reported issues and provided feedback about DbFit.
Thanks to Jake Benilov for carefully reviewing all pull requests and for opening up know-how about the release process to enable releasing DbFit more frequently.

Minor improvements and bugfixes

  • Let undefined symbols default to NULL (#300)
  • Explicitly close database statements when done with them (#291)

Documentation improvements

  • Update driver name in configuration instructions for Db2 (#296)

Development and project improvements

  • DB2 installer for dev/test VM (#286). Thanks to Mark Matten for contributing this.
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3-rd Lean Coffee in Sofia

3-rd Lean Coffee in Sofia featuring Salim Virani will be held today (January 27, 2014)

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DbFit 2.2.0 has been released

DbFit 2.2.0 has been released!

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DbFit 2.1.1 has been released

DbFit 2.1.1 has been just released.

The DbFit project has now moved to its own GitHub organisation and the website now resides under

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Sonra published a book on the ODI repository

Sonra have published a new book on the ODI repository.

I believe this book would be quite useful for anyone doing serious work with Oracle Data Integrator (ODI).

Back in time I’ve been heavily using Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB) – a product of the same family as ODI. The ability to access the design and runtime repository meta-data directly through the database as well as through the OMB*Plus API was critical. These were enables for automating some time consuming, error-prone and/or boring activities; and were life-savers during some time-critical migrations and upgrades.

Oracle has chosen ODI to be its strategic data integration product and has been recommending it as superior and in favour of OWB since a while (at least when it comes to new projects). What has been annoying to me was that after several years ODI is still lacking reference of the ODI repository database – I’ve been hoping Oracle to add it to the official documentation. I’m glad to see that Sonra are trying to close that gap.

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