Live from the Geekout conference in Tallinn, Estonia it is our immense pleasure to announce the release of JRebel 5.0. We bring to your attention the following key features among numerous fixes and improvements:
TOO BUSY MULTI-TASKING TO GET ANYTHING DONE!
Did you know that more than 1/2 of the people sitting in the room with you blame lack of focus and multi-tasking as the #1 reason they are not getting their work done?
In a recent report on Developer Productivity that had over 1800 total surveyed, we found that 53% of respondents listed “Too Much Multi-tasking” as the main reason for anti-productivity. (btw, this report includes 30 pages of stats, analysis and interviews. Check it out!)
It was while considering this fact that I came across an article about focus and distractions that filtered to me through the lazyweb, so I decided to write about my own experiences in that area.
I have a confession: For some time, culminating in the last year, I have had issues with information-addiction and lack of focus.
I would spend way too much time answering emails, checking Twitter, going through the website/product stats and getting distracted in a thousand other ways. I was behind with the things that matter and I didn’t have any time to think deeply, instead of reacting immediately to issues as they arose.
It’s been a crazy three months for us since the LiveRebel 2.0 release and we might not have been as diligent with the release announces as we could be. Since we are big proponents of Continuous Delivery we also apply it to our own products and so we kept cranking out fixes and new features every 1.7 weeks or so. But now is a good moment to look back and reflect.
Remember those “Down for Maintenance” signs? Seeing that on any site means something’s not going right. Behind every ‘Down for Maintenance’ sign is frustrated operations staff, sleep-deprived developers, and angry managers letting everyone know how much money the company is losing with every minute of downtime. It is an awful experience for everyone involved.
The last year has been great for ZeroTurnaround. We released JRebel 4.0 and LiveRebel 1.0 to universal acclaim. We grew to a company of 40 people dedicated to building amazing products and keep bringing more value to our users. We won 3 awards in a single year, and hosted GeekOut, the first-ever Java conference in Estonia. We worked hard, we had tons of fun and we stayed very, very geeky.
- What do developers spend their days doing?
- How efficient are those days?
- What keep them up at night?
- How do processes, tools and technologies help or hinder them?
Live from the JavaOne 2011 conference we are happy to announce the first major update to our production update management tool, LiveRebel.
We are very passionate about our work and our trade. So as the 0x100th day was nearing, we decided to celebrate it with a special challenge to all you developers out there! (and especially Java developers). And if you can solve then you would automatically pass through the first round of interviews at ZeroTurnaround :)