Michael Stephenson

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November 2010 Entries

Scatter Gather Design Decision
I've been meaning to write a blog post for a while about how we implemented a scatter gather pattern at one of my clients. Ive recently been reading Richard and the gangs new book which discusses a very similar pattern but with a different design decision. Based on that I have decided to expand on the original planned post to talk about what we did and our decision process using the decision framework discussed in the book. The aim here is to show that the "it depends" principle means that there ......

Posted On Sunday, November 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Comments (2) |

Data Driven Unit Test - Excel DSN Error
Just a little quick one for myself.... When running some data driven unit tests we were getting the below error. Unit Test Adapter threw exception: System.Data.Odbc.OdbcExcept... ERROR [IM002] [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified. The cause of this was that we had rebuild the machines and somehow when installing office the DSN for Excel hadnt been created. On all of the other machines it had been setup fine but for some reason on my machine ......

Posted On Friday, November 12, 2010 2:50 PM | Comments (0) |

Hosted TFS
Just wanted to put forward a recommendation to anyone who may be interested in a hosted TFS solution. As a regular traveller its quite tough to keep on top of some of my blog and other projects so for a while ive been thinking about TFS but to be honest I cant be bothered to setup and manage my own instance with all that it involved. I came across the SaasMadeEasy offering for hosted TFS and have setup a basic subscription which is going to cost me $15 per month (as a single user). Ive had a few ......

Posted On Friday, November 5, 2010 7:18 PM | Comments (0) |

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