Tuesday, March 2, 2010

J.B. Rainsberger - Primitive Obsession

Note: I am in the process of working with the 5by5 network to begin a regular video and audio podcast. This podcast will contain the bulk of the interviews and videos that I'll be doing while I travel around on the coreyhaines coderetreat tour 2010. Until the details have been sorted out, I will be posting them on this blog, similar to how I did last year. fI you are new to the interviews, please check the archives of this blog to see other great content.

While in Romania, facilitating the Bucharest Coderetreat, I had the opportunity to teach a Test-Driven Development class with J.B. Rainsberger. We've talked about teaching together for many years, and I'm honored to have finally had the opportunity. If you have watched the videos that I did last summer with J.B., you'll know that he has an amazing amount of experience and insight into the development process. He has an ongoing blog called 'The Code Whisperer,' which has consistently thought-provoking content on design, testing and other coding techniques. If you haven't watched them, I urge you to look through the archives for them, as his thoughts on test-driven development are enlightening.

Whenever I have time with J.B., I do my best to get some videos recorded with him covering whatever might be of interest to us at the time. This past opportunity was a goldmine, as, not only did I get 3 videos, but we also used ustream to live-stream the interviews. While I was copying onto my computer, J.B. was kind enough to do impromptu Q&A sessions with the people viewing.

This is the first of those video interviews, focusing on the often-mentioned, more-often-misunderstood topic of 'Primitive Obsession' in design.

Enjoy! As always, constructive feedback is welcomed in the comments. If you are so inclined, please write a blog post with your thoughts.

Coming next week: Gary Bernhardt discusses some of the differences between the ruby and python cultures.

JB Rainsberger - Primitive Obsession from Corey Haines on Vimeo.