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A Technical Debtor Toward continuous improvement February 2009 Entries
Alt.NET Seattle -- Subversive Agile
What techniques can you use to get agile practices into a waterfall project/legacy code base? Approaches Small greenfield project smaller, greenfield project started with source control (moved from Source Safe to Subversion) once SVN was in place, other tools were able to be used starting to do CI (TeamCity is free for small teams; can target multiple build mechanisms) then the door for NANT (or other unit testing) is open; not only does the code compile, but nothing is broken integration tests can ......

Posted On Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:57 PM

ALT.NET Seattle -- Keynote [Ward Cunningham]
I have to admit that when I heard there was a keynote this morning, I was somewhat taken about. The very notion seems to be antithetical to the notion of Open Spaces. On the other hand, getting the chance to hear Ward Cunningham speak was well worth the "architectural purity" of the organizational principles. Intro (Alan Stevens) referred to Channel 9 video with Ward Cunningham being interviewed by Scoble WC: "the only thing I'm sure of is that [the future] will involve cloud computing" AboutUs.org ......

Posted On Saturday, February 28, 2009 11:13 AM

Putt's Law

Came across this great quote last week: "Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."

Posted On Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:19 PM

The Developer's Way to Convert Code
All right, all you developers out there... let's see a show of hands. How many of you delight in finding new ways to solve a problem? You. Yes, you in the back. Get your hand up. You can't call yourself a developer if you don't enjoy finding a new (preferably somewhat convoluted) to solve a problem. I've been doing some work that involves converting C# code to VB.NET code. I was sitting in the speaker lounge at VS Live, shortly after getting into San Francisco. I'd played a little bit on the plane ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 25, 2009 4:51 PM

Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta
For those of you who haven't already heard, there's a terrific event coming up in Denver on February 21st. Julie Yack is organizing the Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta -- a joint venture between .NET, Windows, and SQL Server user groups. The speaker list is pretty incredible. In no particular order, here are some names you might recognize: David Yack Paul Nielsen Scott Hanselman Kathleen Dollard Rob Bagby Kevin Cox Tim Huckaby Beth Massi Joe Mayo Joe Shirey Steve Milroy If you aren't already planning ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:59 AM

IAAO GIS CAMA Conference (Charleston, SC)
Well, I'm sitting on a plane, almost back to Denver, after a couple days in Charleston, SC. I didn't get a chance to see much of the town -- mostly a couple restaurants and the conference center. Nevertheless, I did manage to get some fresh seafood -- courtesy of Hank's. If you're ever in Charleston, I wholeheartedly recommend this seafood restaurant. But, back to the reason for my visit to Charleston. I had the privilege yesterday of addressing a couple dozen people, about evenly split between developers/developer ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2009 8:18 AM

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