Monthly Archives: March 2006

US Army Program blends Agile and Traditional Processes with Success

In the April 2006 issue of CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering (USA), there is an interesting article called Army Simulation Program Balances Agile and Traditional Methods With Success. The authors note that traditional methods are driven by the … Continue reading 

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Making Outlook work for Getting Things Done

I’m trying to implement the whole Getting Things Done approach by David Allen. One of the big recommendations is to sort your work into “contexts.” For example, sort your next actions into contexts like “on the phone”, “at the computer”, … Continue reading 

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Training is Useless

David Maister, the guru of Consulting, talks about his extensive experience in training: “I now believe that the overwhelming majority of all business training, by me and by everyone else, is a complete waste of money and time.” Why would … Continue reading 

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Great Service Oriented website Founded by SOA luminary Thomas Erl, the same Thomas Erl that wrote Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design. From what I’ve read so far, it’s a great site.

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Detect duplicate C# code with Simian

Howard van Rooijen has an excellent article on setting up Simian to detect duplicate code. Then he takes the next step and creates MonkeyWrangler, an add-in that takes the Simian output and converts it so that you can double-click on … Continue reading 

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QuickTime for .NET and COM Developers book

A coworker recently sent me a link to this book, QuickTime for .NET and COM Developers. He’s put in an order for it, and I’m interested in checking it out. From the back of the book: A general introduction to … Continue reading 

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Yahoo! posts Design Pattern Library

Yahoo! has posted a nice Design Pattern Library: Welcome to the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library. We are very happy to be sharing our library with the design and development community. This is our first drop of what we hope to … Continue reading 

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Tips for reading Excel data using ADO.NET

Yes, we’ve all seen this code a thousand times. However, this blog post does more than just rehash the same old Microsoft KB article. In it Joe Morrison shows how to read line-by-line, how to hack past ADO.NET’s guessing of … Continue reading 

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GoF Patterns DSL for Team System 2005

Clipcode has released a GoF Domain Specific Language built using Microsoft’s DSL tools for Visual Studio 2005. The currently available snapshot build of Clipcode-GoF-DSL supports the GoF creational patterns (prototype, singleton, builder, abstract factory and factory method). Future builds will … Continue reading 

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Article on AVICap

Wei-Meng Lee wrote an excellent article on how to incorporate a webcam into a .NET 2.0 Windows Forms, oops, er… Smart Client app. I’m not particularly interested in the webcam part, but in it he shows you how to directly … Continue reading 

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