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Monthly Archives: April 2005

Great VS add-in for doing TDD – TestRunner from MailFrame.net – level 200

Anyone who is doing TDD with .Net _must_ check out TestRunner from MailFrame.net!  It brings the hierarchy of tests into a VS pane and allows you to select and run tests just like NUnit, but from within VS.  It uses … Continue reading 

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My “Agile Methodologies with .Net” Birds of a Feather session accepted for Tech Ed. – level 300

I excited to announce that my “Agile Methodologies with .Net” Birds of a Feather session was accepted for Tech Ed 2005!  Thanks to all who voted for it, but more importantly, I’m excited that there are many people interested in … Continue reading 

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Advocating Agile in a CMM or MSF shop – level 200

That’s exactly what I’m doing right now.  My development shop used to be MSF waterfall and is now pushing for CMM.  This is a push from management.  It is very difficult to write good, maintainable software in this fashion.  Sure, … Continue reading 

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What a great list of tools to use for Agile development! – level 300

Jeremy Miller has posted a great list of tools he’s currently using in his Agile shop.  I’ve using a few, but I’d like to use more. http://jeremydmiller.blogspot.com/2005/04/bypass-vsts-and-get-yourself-poor-mans.html

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Tech Ed Pre-Party update – level FUN

I received some good responses from my initial announcement of a party on Saturday, the day before the PreCons. We’re only about 5 weeks away, so I need to start getting a list of people who are planning on being … Continue reading 

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Affecting your .Net SOAP message through attributes – level 300

With the .Net implementation of web services, you can design the schema of a web service call without having to author WSDL by hand.  I won’t discuss contract first here.  I recognize that many are happy with the default .Net … Continue reading 

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An extra tip to make you a better ASP.NET developer – level 200

I’d like to add an extra tip to make you a better ASP.NET developer: Don’t use the designer for anything more than the most trivial control-placement tasks.  The designers are geared toward RAD development.  That rhyms with “BAD”.  If you … Continue reading 

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Ramping up with NAnt for automated builds – level 300

At first glance, the NAnt .build files may seem daunting, especially the really long ones, but the documentation for NAnt is superb! I wanted to start with a real VS solution instead of the trivial HelloWorld .cs file, so I … Continue reading 

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Rode my bicycle from Houston to Austin this weekend – level SORE

Last weekend, I participated in the MS 150 bicycle tour from Houston to Austin to raise money for the MS Society.  It’s a crippling disease for which there is currently no cure.  I’m really sore, but I’m glad I did … Continue reading 

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Getting started with ReSharper by JetBrains – level 200

I’m a bit behind the curve on this one, but I’m now developing with the 30 day trial of ReSharper by JetBrains.  I haven’t even tried all of the features.  There are keyboard chords and hidden features I need to … Continue reading 

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