Lunatech blog retrospective - 2012

12 June 2014

Peter Hilton

by Peter Hilton

In 2012 we got better toys, our customers started using Scrum seriously, and we started talking to the outside world about Play a lot more than we had before.

Last Christmas presents

At this point, we had already been using the Play Framework for a couple of years. In 2012, we lost our early-adopter advantage, because Play started to gain publicity and become more mainstream, so we switched our focus to helping other people learn about and use Play. We continued to benefit from Play on development projects, but now that everyone else was too, this was a good time to getting some publicity from our expertise.

Development

Late Christmas at Lunatech was a great start to the year, with new development hardware. Some people like coding in cafes and on trains, but I hate being very far from a 27 inch Thunderbolt display.

Planning Scrum project documentation is one of half a dozen 2012 blog posts about aspects of using Scrum, written as a result of another assignment as an interim Scrum master and coach for a customer’s development team. Although Scrum wasn’t new for Lunatech in 2012, this was when our existing customers started to use it more.

Good bug reports come in four parts is probably the most important but boring article that no-one read in 2012, that was still worth writing just on the off-chance that one bug report somewhere would be less terrible than usual.

Events

Apart from several Play Framework user groups, Lunatech’s involvement with events was dominated by Play presentations at European developer conferences:

Lunatech presents at Scala Stockholm was the scariest presentation though, because although the audience was smaller, it was somewhat intimidating to say anything at all about Scala with Viktor Klang and Jonas Bonér in the audience.

First 010DEV event was probably the most fun event of the year, as we re-invented our local developer user group (previously JBoss User Group and Play!ground) as a technology-independent developer community focused on people in Rotterdam (whose telephone area code is 010).