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Code the Town! Investing in the next generation of programmers in Austin, TX

Austin, TX is a hot-bed for technology.  You can find a user group for just about any technology and purpose meeting almost any day of the week. And now, there is a group that intersects with giving back to the … Continue reading 

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What are the Alt.Net principles? – my answer

I’ll be attending the AltNetConf.  Convenient for me that it’s in Austin, TX.  It’s an open space conference, and I consider it the founding conference of a conversation that is “Alt.Net”.  I’ll be proposing the topic: What are the Alt.Net … Continue reading 

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Arcast – The Agile Architect podcast now online

 http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=322781 The above is a link to an Arcast episode where I had a conversation with Ron Jacobs about what an Agile Architect is.  Give it a listen and tell me what you thought.  My basic point (beyond introducing Agile … Continue reading 

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Published! My current podcast list – level 200

 I’ve had numerous requests to publish my podcast list, so here it is.  Here is what I listen to on my commute to and from client sites or, in the case of this month, to and from a buddy’s wedding … Continue reading 

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Results of a SOLID pair-programming day – level 200

There it is.  A pile of ripped up note cards denoting all the engineering tasks completed by my pair.  This was an unusual day because it started at 7:30am with some white board modeling and brain-crunching a very, very tough … Continue reading 

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Having a baby and an integration testing tip – level 400

I found out today that my wife is with child, and we're having a baby!  Now, on with the post. . .   Integration testing isn't your basic 200-level topic at an MSDN event.  It can be very involved.  I … Continue reading 

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The first task of a new software project is to build trust – level 300

Please read this post by Brad Appleton (and some links off the post) about building trust in a software team.  The notion is very profound, and we don't talk about much in professional circles.  I, for one, can easily be … Continue reading 

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Sorting in .Net (don’t sort manually, let .Net do it for you) – level 100

I've labeled this as a level 100 topic because I feel that every .Net developer should know the basics of sorting.  With the base class library that we have to work with, we don't have to worry about sorting algorithms … Continue reading 

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NHibernate: ICriteria may cause update – know about AutoFlush mode – level 300

This topic is for those already using NHibernate.  By looking at the forum, that is a whole load of people! As always, my blog posts stem from experience, and this is no different.  It's been a year since I first … Continue reading 

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Podcasts I listen to – level 100

I was listening to Internet radio before the term "podcast" was coined.  With the term, we have an explosion of Internet radio and listenership.  I've been asked several times what podcasts I follow.  I'll admit, there is limited time for … Continue reading 

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