Dylan Smith

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I just picked up a new PC on the weekend, and along with it a copy of WoW. I wanted to play this game the day it came out, but unfortunately my PC at the time was a little underpowered. The only MMORPG I've played in the past was Dark Age of Camelot (DAOC). In there I had a lvl 50 (max lvl) tank, and a maxed out armor crafter (really really hard in that game). I'm on Duskwood - Alliance. My character right now is a human warrior called Optikal. I hear that Jeff and John, the owners of geekswithblogs ......

I'm still in the process of experimenting with the various options out there for CI that integrates well with Team System. I've been playing with CruiseControl.Net and the Team Build system. While doing this I've got a good grasp on what I would like to see from the ideal CI toolset. I want a build to run automatically whenever a developer checks in a changeset. (I don't want it to run every x minutes/seconds and just hope that it only captures one changeset per build). I want the developer that ......

I've had a little frustration lately with Team System as a result of not using the complete Team Suite version. When the licensing for Visual Studio changed last year to the role-based versions and/or Team Suite, we considered the options and decided that VSTS For Developers should be all we need. We do not do any web or load testing (just unit tests), and we do not have a need for the designers available in the Architect version. Since then that has held true for the most part. Except for some important ......

I recently started up a project on CodePlex. The project is to create a software application to help run an offline poker league. My main reason for creating this was not because I see a huge need out there for an application like this, it's more one of those projects I'm sure we all do to give us a chance to play with some new technology. In this case it's my chance to get familiar with CodePlex, and do a project from the ground up using TDD and some other agile concepts. That it can also help with ......

There's been an interesting discussion going on in the TDD mailing list, discussing the benefits (or lack of) of using mock objects and mocking frameworks. The discussion focuses on doing top-down development, where you tackle the high-level code first and during the implementation you “discover“ what lower-level supporting code is required. Instead of diving down and writing this low-level code immediately, you defer it's implementation and continue writing the high-level code having ......