Webinar with Jurgen Appelo for the Bulgarian Agile community: Aim For Happier Organization – Oct 3, 2016 @ 9pm Sofia Time



Важно ли е хората да са ангажирани и щастливи на работното си място? Как да направим нашите организации по-щастливи и по-успешни? Ако тези въпроси ви вълнуват, заповядайте на следващото виртуално събитие на българската Agile общност, когато наш специален гост ще бъде Jurgen Appelo. Кога: 3 октомври 2016, 21:00 За лектора: Jurgen Appelo е пионер в областта на […]

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


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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, Bulgariahttp://ale2015.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Let-s-have-ALE2015-in-Sofia-Bulgaria/652737-31314

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:


DbFit 3.1.0 has been released


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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)

DbFit 3.0.1 has been released


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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.

Sonra published a book on the ODI repository


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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.

Release of DbFit 2.0.0 final

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Good news, everybody – the long-overdue release of DbFit 2.0.0 is finally here. As always, the ZIP archive can be downloaded from the DbFit homepage.

This release is identical to the 2.0.0-RC5 release, which hasn’t had any show-stopping bugs raised against it for several months now; you can learn more about it in the release notes.

Enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed code, created bug reports and supported users on the DbFit Google Group – please keep doing it!

Beyond 2.0.0

I’m aware that there’s a significant number of changes that are sitting unreleased on the master branch – my plan is to release 2.1 with those changes as soon as possible. From 2.0 onwards, we will try to stick to smaller, more frequent releases and adopt semantic versioning, so that it’s clearer how much has changed between the releases.

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Presentation skills training by RammSoft: 28 May – 18 June 2013

Mike Ramm and RammSoft are organizing an interesting course for Presentation skills.

It’s starting from next week (28 May) and will be conducted in four Tuesday afternoons. This kind of schedule is an interesting decision. It seems to make things easier to arrange for an attendee: 1) No long absence from work; 2) Gives some time for reflection and self-study before moving on to next module of the course.

I believe it would be an interesting and useful experience for me so I signed up for this training.