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Kansas City Here We Come
I LOVE being a .NET User Group Member, but I was raised by a hippie mother who believed in activism. She believed in getting involved. I guess a bit of that rubbed off on me. I wanted to get more involved in the .NET community this year, and I am having a blast doing it. One thing still rubs me the wrong way about the .Net community and the IT industry in general: they don't consider Kansas City a player in the IT world. I've blogged about this before. I see conference after conference being held ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:16 AM

Test-Driven Development Talk Went Well
The Test-Driven Development talk I gave last night at the Kansas City Dot Net User Group meeting seemed to go really well. This was my first ever talk and it is something that I am very passionate about. There were definitely some technical glitches. I recorded my demos ahead of time using Cam Studio and that was good, but I didn't bump up my resolution so the people in the back could see the code. I will have to make sure to set the resolution higher next time. The turn out was stupendous. There ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:44 PM

Agile Boot Camp Rawked!
OK. I've had a few days to decompress. I am still beating on my deck for the TDD presentation tomorrow (actually tonight) for the .NET Users Group. So I have had some time to decompress and debrief my boss about what I am bringing back from the Agile .NET Boot Camp with Jeffrey Palermo in Austin, TX. Man! we actually covered a lot! Jeffrey did a great job of making it seem like not much, but when I got back and started telling my boss about it, there were just TONS of things to talk about. We talked ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:56 AM

Developer Versioning: Which Version are You?
I was thinking about the level of programming abilities lately, as we are starting to interview for an open position. I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if programmers came in version numbers like software?" This would make it easy to say, I need a version 3 programmer with abilities in languages A, B and C. It's so difficult to say Mid-Level developer, because mid-level is so subjective. Mid between WHO? So here are my thoughts of what the versions for a web programmer might be: Alpha: Has read some ......

Posted On Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:29 PM

First Day in Austin.. In The Bag
Today was the first day of the Agile .NET Boot Camp in Austin, TX. The class is a blast. Jeffrey Palermo knows his schist. Today covered lots of stuff I have already worked with: TortoiseSVN, TDD, CCTray, etc. There were also some things that I had not worked with before, like Story Boards, and Team Estimation. Overall, it is just what they promised. We are working as a team in a way that a team might work in the real world. Today, we set up the Team Project, it’s a basic issue tracking system. It ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:44 PM

SlickEdit 2008 is pretty... well... slick.
The good folks at SlickEdit® hooked me up with a review copy of SlickEdit 2008 Professional, and I gotta tell ya I was pretty surprised. I didn't really know what to expect. I guess I just expected a less feature-rich Visual Studio, but that's definitely not what I found. First of all, I wouldn't consider SlickEdit to be a competitor to Visual Studio. It's more of a multi-purpose polyglot programmer's editor on steroids. First, on install, it asks about your editing environment emulation. This is ......

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2008 5:23 PM

Welcome to the new style

I've been thinking about trying to do some custom CSS to my blog for a while now, and with all the back end stuff I've been researching lately, this was a good mental break for me to pound on some CSS for a bit. I still have yet to style the galleries, but it's now 1:30am and I am heading to bedding.

Leave me a comment to tell me what you think of the new look! How does it look in your browser version. (I only checked it in IE7 and FF 2.)

~Lee

Posted On Tuesday, June 10, 2008 1:32 AM

WTF Oriented Design
It's been over two weeks since my last post.. Life's been hectic... 'nuff said. As I've been researching different languages/methodologies/sof... one thing has begun to bubble up over and over again: do we NEED another Whatever Oriented Development/Design/Programm... thing? Let me just list a few of the ones I have encountered in the last month: Object Oriented Development (ok, I've been doing that for awhile, but thought I'd throw it on the list) Aspect Oriented Programming Service ......

Posted On Saturday, June 7, 2008 5:45 PM

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