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Monthly Archives: May 2005

The value of MCSD for .Net – level 000

I’ve come across many discussions about the merit of Microsoft certifications with some claiming that it makes cream rise to the top and others claiming that any moron with the time to read a book could pass the tests.  I … Continue reading 

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The effectiveness of TDD, a whitepaper – level 200

Some researchers from North Carolina State University have done a small study on Test-Driven Development and published their results: http://collaboration.csc.ncsu.edu/laurie/Papers/TDDpaperv8.pdf

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Pre-Tech Ed party is ON. Here are the details. Please pass the word – level 000

I am hosting a pre-Tech Ed party on Saturday, June 4th.  That is the day before the pre-con.  The Peabody hotel is just across the street from the conference center, and that is where we will meet.  Then, later on … Continue reading 

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ASP.NET 2.0 Beta website and quickstarts – level 200

Check out http://beta.asp.net/, for ASP.NET 2.0.  It has announcements and quickstarts and other resources to help one get started with ASP.NET 2.0. 

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Win Server 2003 as a development environment – level 200

When I installed Server 2003 on my development laptop, I had to jerry-rig some XP drivers in order to use all my devices, but I’ve been using this OS for all my development for almost a year now, and it … Continue reading 

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Displaying aggregates: DataSet vs. Domain object performance – level 300

The first thing that happens when someone posts performance numbers is to question the method of benchmarking.  My test was an ad hoc benchmark on my own workstation to get a feel for the performance difference, if any, between bringing … Continue reading 

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Calling all Texas code wranglers – Texas .Net Olympics – level 000

The .Net user groups in Texas are working together to put on a .Net Olympics.  If you hang your hat in Texas, then we want you!  It’s very simple.  Submit an application you have developed that hasn’t been released yet.  … Continue reading 

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The _real_ reason to shy away from DataSets – level 300

If the title of this post gets you worked up, you probably shouldn’t read on.  I’m about to bash your beloved DataSet. Scott Mitchell has written more on why to avoid DataSets.  While he touches on performance and the mechanics … Continue reading 

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Senior .Net/C# Devs needed at Dell – level 000

I’m looking for experienced .Net/C# developers to work on Dell’s call-center application for the sales force.  The more business experience the better.  These positions are for very senior developers with a lot of high-level business knowledge.  I can connect you … Continue reading 

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Use parts of the ASP.NET runtime as providers for services the business layer might need – level 300

We all know to use the Strategy pattern to let the domain assembly know where to get and persist data.  Our domain assembly has no references to any other custom assembly, but all assemblies reference the domain.  We use the … Continue reading 

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