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Testing with Data

It’s not a coincidence that this is coming off the heels of Dave Paquette’s post on GenFu and Simon Timms’ post on source control for databases in the same way it was probably not a coincidence that Hollywood released three … Continue reading 

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Are you in the mood for HTTP?

Sometimes you are just in that mood (no, not that mood ;-)), you know that mood when you want to talk HTTP and APIs with a bunch of people that care. Recently Darrel Miller and I realized we’re in that … Continue reading 

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Save your DNS and your SANITY when using VPN on a Mac (without rebooting)

There was time when using my Mac was bliss form a DNS perspective, I never had to worry about my routing tables getting corrupted. I could always rely on hosts getting resolved, life was good! And then a combination of … Continue reading 

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Outside the shack, or “How to be a technology gigolo”

Almost four years ago, I waxed hillbilly on how nice it was to stick with what you knew, at least for side projects. At the time, my main project was Java and my side projects were .NET. Now, my main … Continue reading 

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So, in my area of the US, we’ve had somewhat of an unusual summer when it comes to shark attacks.  It seems like every other day, there’s an attack at a local beach, and in fact, yesterday they were falling … Continue reading 

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Merge Headache — Don’t Re-Purposes a class, create a new one

Merging code does not have to be the frustrating process that many people experience, if done right. I have learned during my career that if I pull from my master branch daily, if not more often, my merges are almost … Continue reading 



This week I had the pleasure of getting to attend the DotNetFringe conference. This was hosted in Portland, OR (a place I had never been) and it was an outstanding conference. Thank you to all of the organizers for putting … Continue reading 


Using nHibernate EventListeners to validate and audit data

In an application you would like to have maximum control over interaction with the database. In the ideal situation there is one single point where all data can be checked and monitored before it is sent to, or read from … Continue reading 


A short note on build tasks

Surely, I’m behind the curve here but I’ve been thinking about the typical build process here at work. For a long time I’ve been operating off of the classic model from back in my NAnt days where it was all … Continue reading 

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Changing roles and focus – but not good bye

I’ve been presented with a great opportunity to work on the NeuronESB Team ( I’ve always wanted to work on a product team – which is a big change from my work over the past 23+ years where my focus … Continue reading