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Architectural Renovation?
Mere minutes after I posted on “architectural refactoring,” Keith Nicholas has commented about the unsuitability of the term. He said: you'd be better off calling it "evolutionary design" The dilution of the word refactoring is disturbing, there's a certain rigor to "factorization" which shouldn't destroy the product. refactoring != a cool way to say "I'm gonna change stuff" There’s a fair bit to be said on this, so I thought I’d add another post rather than try to reply in an undersized comment ......

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2010 9:29 PM

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

Takeaways from ALT .NET Conference Seattle (Day 1)
Now that I'm a (woohoo!) bona-fide architect, in a shop that I'd categorize as agile (although I don't know enough to be able to say what flavor of agile we follow), I now have an interesting task ahead of me... taking meaningful lessons and concepts away from the ALT .NET conference and applying them to development in a team environment. Everyone at CCI is, I think, convinced of the value of agile. They're doing some pretty interesting things, including having a bunch of subject matter experts (SMEs) ......

Posted On Saturday, April 19, 2008 7:23 PM

Renewed/MVP Summit
Yes, I know this is old news by now. I got renewed 1 April for another year as an MVP. Yes, I'm one of the April Fools' Day MVPs. (And this year, Microsoft let me sweat for several hours before letting me know that I had been renewed.) This week, I'm at the MVP summit for the first time. Seventeen hundred MVPs here this year, from all over the world. Very well run, and the quality of the people -- both the MVPs and the MIcrosoft employees -- is even more impressive than I expected. Of course, the ......

Posted On Monday, April 14, 2008 7:37 PM

ALT.NET Conference -- Day 2
I've got to say, I've been really impressed by the number and quality of the attendees from Microsoft -- Simon Guest, Howard Dierkin, Peter Provost, Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman... and I'm sure I missed others. These folks have been extremely willing to listen to feedback, and to give us a bit of insight into the workings of Microsoft. Ironically enough, the room full of agile devs didn't know about the MS Agile Development Center ......

Posted On Sunday, October 7, 2007 1:23 PM

ALT.NET Conference -- Microsoft MVC
There's no lack of blog entries about this.... but I'm going to add my two cents worth. Scott Guthrie spent about an hour demonstrating the new ASP.NET MVC project that should be released to the public. This is one of the coolest technologies I've seen in a long time. The MVC project team designed based on a few very important principles -- separation of concerns, extensibility, and designed for testing. Let me say this again.... Microsoft is working on a development tool that is designed for testability ......

Posted On Sunday, October 7, 2007 12:49 PM

What is an architect anyways?
Jeremy Miller pointed out the corollary to my comment that "good developers move to good companies." In order to attract good people, become a good company. What that company looks like is a matter of debate. It would be rather an interesting debate, too -- a true insight into what developers, on the whole value in a company. As with many other interesting discussions, there will be a set of answers that is as varied as the people themselves. Personally, at this point in time, I'd take a quick stab ......

Posted On Monday, April 21, 2008 2:51 AM

Who you calling an alpha geek?!
I really like the core comment made by Jeremy Miller here. Really, this is similar in flavor to the comment that Alan Cooper borrowed from Drucker. (Summary: good people are worth the cost.) Good developers tend to migrate to good shops. JP Boodhoo phrased it well. Many good developers eventually get to the point where they realize the truism "if you can't change the place where you work, change the place you work." I came to this realization several months ago. I was tired of being told things would ......

Posted On Sunday, April 20, 2008 5:11 PM

ALT.NET Conference -- Intro/Session 1
I've somehow found myself at a conference of agile practitioners in Austin, TX called ALT.NET. My main reason for attending this conference was a deep desire to explore what options exist for development processes. (Little did I know what I was going to be getting myself into...) Scott Bellware had also received a tremendous response to his initial post describing the conference. I have to confess a certain selfishness in wanting to spend a weekend in a room full of people far brighter than myself. ......

Posted On Saturday, October 6, 2007 1:55 PM

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