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Recovered From Mix09
Thanks to Clint Edmonson, I got a chance to go to Mix this year. While Las Vegas was absolutely frustrating (it was the week of St. Patrick’s Day AND Spring Break week), Mix itself was outstanding. We kicked it off with a keynote from Bill Buxton. Each Mix attendee got a copy of his book on Sketching User Experiences. Bill is THE MAN when it comes to UX design, and he did not disappoint. He was energetic, animated and passionate: everything you look for in a speaker. It is always enjoyable to see ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 2:11 AM

Conversation Starter: Agile
At the AgileKC meeting this last month Martin Olson gave a great overview of Scrum. There were some people who came to learn about Scrum and Agile Development in general. They came to hear the good, the bad and the tips and tricks. One of the things I mentioned, having made my first attempt at XP this last year at my new job, was that they might find some real ugliness in their current development environment and will be forced to deal with it. My Analogy: Agile development is a lot like turning ......

Posted On Monday, March 9, 2009 9:38 PM

A Fine How Do You Do (It)
I've been using 64-bit Windows & on my laptop for a couple of weeks now and I'm pretty happy with it. I was very happy with my Windows 2008 Server install, but I finally took the plunge to pave my laptop with WIndows 7. I found a little trick today that will get me around something that was annoying me since I installed. If you use the task bar buttons to launch a program (like where your quick launch menu would be), if you click it again, it does NOT open a second instance of the program, even ......

Posted On Saturday, March 7, 2009 9:29 PM

My New (Pimped) Shirt
At the Kansas City Office Geeks meeting tonight, John Alexander brought me a GWB t-shirt with my blog's url on the back! Totally pimped and I am totally stoked to wear it to work tomorrow. Thanks to John and Jeff for running the show, and to Jerod for keeping up with the shirts (and getting me a 5X) ......

Posted On Friday, March 6, 2009 1:13 AM

Conversation Starters Series
I am starting a new series on my blog that will hopefully spark some (civil, productive, non-inflammatory) conversations. These will mostly be random thoughts I have. This will also lead me to post more often and not wait until I have something large to say. So for this [insert frequency of series' posts here]'s entry: The MacBook Pro. I've seen lots of developers lately using MBPs as development machines. I am interested in learning Ruby, so it might be a good option for me. I wonder how they perform. ......

Posted On Friday, March 6, 2009 12:48 AM

Free MS Events in Kansas City
My friends, Clint Edmonson and Mike Benkovich are coming to Kansas City next Tuesday, March 10th for their quarterly community events. Clint will be talking about the cloud and how it will affect our future architectures in the morning and Mike will be sharing some Visual Studio 2008 debugging secrets and developing mobile Windows applications that afternoon. If you live in or around KC or are going to be in the KC metro next Tuesday, head on over to the Microsoft building in Corporate Woods and ......

Posted On Friday, March 6, 2009 12:34 AM

How and Why I Missed The Boat As A Developer
I have been developing web sites for a little over a decade now, and I have to tell you, I missed the boat. A lot of that time was wasted. I spent most of my career developing crappy code that was doomed to cause some poor sap some real heartache. To those who have had to support my crappy legacy code, I profusely apologize. You know who you are, and you undoubtedly know who I am. You've probably spent many hours rewriting my leftovers and trying to spin gold out of code-dung. Again, I apologize. ......

Posted On Friday, March 6, 2009 12:22 AM

Is TDD Too Hard?
I belong to the LinkedIn TDD group and one of the other members, Raphaël Parrée (CTO of Trivera Technologies), recently posted about a flaw he sees in test driven development. The post is very thoughtful and comes from their experience with TDD. What I read from his post is that mid-level and junior-level developers are not strong enough developers to do it effectively. I disagree... sort of. It does take a certain amount of skill in development to understand the essence of TDD/BDD, but that should ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 4, 2009 6:58 PM

How Do I Change My Life? And Other Nebulous Questions
Here it is. It's 3:30am and I am thinking about my life. Grand schemes for my life that are belied by the half-empty Diet Dr. Pepper and a reheated bowl of vegetable fried rice in front of me. I want to travel. I want to experience the awe of standing at the foot of The Great Pyramids. I want to walk through the floating city of Venice late in the afternoon. I want to see Switzerland and New Zealand and Iceland and Africa. I also want to have a family. My wife and I have been talking about kids for ......

Posted On Sunday, March 1, 2009 3:35 AM

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