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May 09
I’ve not blogged much recently, for the simple reason that I’m not doing much development in my new job. I’ve done a couple of weeks of new development using C'# 3.0 in the last six months, but mostly I seem to be supporting legacy apps, planning and carrying out deployments and analysing data. I don’t mind this at the moment, but I have to say I was ......

Last Saturday (the 23rd of May), I had the privilege of attending DDD South West at Queen’s College in lovely Taunton. The venue was beautiful, the presentations educational and fun, the company convivial and the food plentiful and delicious. I only wish I’d had more sleep and less beer the night before. I had wondered if the presentations would contain ......

As I said in my previous post, I’m currently implementing a web service in WCF. It has to be consumable by code that’s been written for a .NET 2.0 style web service (in Perl, as it happens), and so I’m using the BasicHttpBinding and Xml serialisation. One of the reasons I’m using WCF is to be able to wrap all operations (in the WCF sense) in the same ......

I have to say that I’m a big fan of WCF’s modularity and power. At the moment though, I’m struggling with impersonation issues and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer size of the thing. “With great power comes great responsibility”, I suppose. We have a legacy policy in our company whereby web services impersonate a particular user account that can write ......

Those of you who subscribed to my blog after the initial flurry of posts may be wondering where I’ve been for the last few months. I’ve had some major events in my family life which I won’t go into, and I’ve also changed jobs, so I’ve been preoccupied with other stuff. In my last job I was doing WPF / WCF development in .NET 3.5. In my new role, I’m ......

I have discovered after a few blog posts on this excellent site that writing a post in Word and pasting it into Subtext in Firefox is not a good recipe. I noticed today that my lists and images have somehow been mangled. Also, I was wondering why I could navigate away from my work without being warned. I got burned by that one on my first post, which ......

If you're in the Bristol area and want to hear a real software development pro speak about writing software fit to publish, then get along to the DotNetDevNet .NET user group on Monday the 13th of October.

Oren Eini (a.k.a. Ayende Rahien) is coming to town!



I’ve been doing development professionally now for maybe 18 months and my experiences over the last 8 months in an agile shop have made me realise just how much there is to know in the development arena and, more importantly, how much I would like to know in order to be really creative in my job and produce truly excellent software. In my previous job, ......

I am currently working on a large app that is using WPF as its UI technology. I’m on a small team of talented developers (i.e. I think my colleagues are talented!) and we came at WPF six months ago from scratch, although everyone apart from me had WinForms experience. As we built our app, we made frequent use of the WPF UserControl. I think the main ......

I had a very frustrating experience last week trying to align the baselines of adjacent pieces of text in a WPF app. The problem seems to be that this is supported behaviour in a flow document, but not in general UI (e.g. the visual tree of a Window). After a lot of fiddling, head scratching and googling we discovered that the easiest way to do this ......

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