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Blake Caraway
Still trying to determine what this SOA thing is all about? Or maybe you do know quite a bit, but are still struggling with how it can help your company or your client get to the next level (or merely survive)? Unfortunately, too many projects are being carried out in the name of SOA yet only deliver costly technical solutions that do not address the ......

Every time I get to a point where I need to commit the code I've been working on (a.k.a 'The Check In Dance'), I typically ALT+Tab over to the explorer window where my source working directory is located. From here I execute our build.bat file that runs the developer build process that compiles the code and runs all the unit and integration tests locally ......

I recently took the opportunity to join Headspring Systems, the premier Agile software consulting practice here in Austin, TX. I'm very excited about getting to work with an incredibly talented Headspring team and look forward to helping the company continue it's fast-paced growth! Headspring Systems www.headspringsystems.com ......

This issue has been known since late last year, but there doesn't seem to be too much noise about it in the blogosphere. No doubt as we continue to create and consume more and more WCF services, troubleshooting configuration issues has become a common occurrence (can I get an amen?). Keep this in mind the next time you add a new service reference to ......

I've picked up more experience recently in dealing with the issues that face a company as it deals with the pains of growth. It's a phase of business that all successful companies have to go through at some point. Moving from "survival focused startup" to "growth oriented performer" exerts some interesting forces on a company. In a company's early years, ......

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I wanted to keep up with the altnet conference in Seattle this weekend so I took the time to create my twitter account - http://twitter.com/bcaraway -as I've been tracking the altdotnet tweets. This is a great way to communicate. Very Web 2.0 ......

Mike Cohn, founder of Mountain Goat Software and long-time vocal proponent of Scrum is coming to Austin next month as part of the Agile Austin Distinguished Speaker Series. Mike is the author of Agile Estimating and Planning and User Stories Applied for Agile Software Development, among other development/programming books. He's served as technology ......

There was a break-in at our company the other night. We had some nice products on visible display through the front door in our office's small reception area that evidently made for an easy target of a smash and grab operation. The entire caper was recorded on our internal security video system. The perpetrators (one inside taking things to the door, ......

New Partner Our company is growing and the processes that support our e-commerce efforts must be ready to grow along with the business. Looking to ensure our abilities to effectively manage this growth, we recently decided to form a strategic partnership with another outfit that will develop, operate, and maintain our various e-commerce sites, as well ......

I ran into a crazy issue while working on my ASP.Net 2.0 application in Firefox this week and thought I'd share... When a certain ASPX page completed rendering and emitted it's final markup to the browser, I noticed the status bar read 'Done' for an instant, but then immediately changed to 'Waiting for localhost...' again. It definitely seemed as if ......

I've received a handful of comments/questions surrounding part of the code sample from my previous post. The comments I received have to do with the few lines of code in the Authentication WebService that included a custom interface and a call to a third party tool. Here's the code in question: public class Authentication : WebService{ private IWebContext ......

I have an UpdatePanel on a page within a web application that is using Forms Authentication. The UpdatePanel callback executes as a result of a custom JavaScript function that calls __doPostback. If a user loads the page in question, but then allows the forms auth ticket to expire on the server due to inactivity (i.e. goes to lunch, goes home for the ......

two basic questions It seems silly and awfully fundamental, but ask any professional software developer this question: Does your code work correctly? When faced with answering this question, most developers will - and should - undoubtedly reply with a resounding "hell yes, my code works!". Now follow that up by asking another question: Can you prove ......

In a previous post I detailed some conditions existing on development teams that would suggest some changes need to be made in order to bring about better performance and ultimately higher quality software. In this post I will identify a couple more Team Smells and discuss how these issues can be remedied and why these conditions should be addressed ......

I've been looking for a FireFox extension that will remember what tab/web pages I had opened after closing and re-opening browser instances. I found one yesterday after searching, again, (I've looked for something like this for sometime now) through the myriad of extensions - in the Navigation, Tabbed Browsing sections. I give you...SessionSaver. This ......

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