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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET October 2006 Entries
User Friendly Devices?
My MP3 player decided to take a dirt nap this morning so I went out to buy a new one. The first thing that I noticed is that all of the new players are USB changed. While this may be good for the environment it isn't good for long rides to work. Actually it is a conspiracy to sell more junk. Now you need a mobile changer for your MP3 player. SUCKER! I found one that looked like it had decent features and bought it. Now maybe I am just a geek, but I don't want to have to install software to deal with ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 12:00 AM

Reviewing Your Own Work
I am currently checking some code that I had written to be published. The process has put an exclamation point on the importance of code reviews for me. The parallels between reviewing the text, structure and examples in the book and the organization and coding structures of an application really struck home. Sometimes you just need to walk away from what you are working on for a while. You may come back an wonder what the heck was I doing. I found places that I had been writing while coding and ......

Posted On Saturday, October 28, 2006 4:05 AM

Uninstalling GAT Adventure
I decided the other day that I would like to install the latest version of the Guidance Automation Toolkit. No big deal, right? Wrong! The toolkit itself didn't complain during the process, but GAX has been giving me hell. It seems that I had a couple of hands on labs installed that it felt needed to be uninstalled first. The problem is that the installer only knows them by their short names which aren't very helpful when you have about 20 different HOL on your machine. I had eventually gotten it ......

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 4:26 PM

Language Extremists Irritate Me
I will probably get myself in trouble with this post, but a recent ARCast just irritated me like walking through poison ivy in a pair of swimming trunks. C# or VB.NET. The battle rages on. I will say that I prefer C#, but I spend a lot of time writing VB for clients who have that as their standard. In the podcast Ron's guest Bill McCarthy talks about how great VB.NET is. The funny thing is that what he points out as its strong points are exactly what I dislike about VB. Specifically things like the ......

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 1:23 PM

Humor You May Not Be Able To Handle
First let me say that my sense of humor is twisted. You may not agree with me on this one. Carl Franklin and crew who bring you .NET Rocks, a mostly serious podcast about all things .NET, have added a new outlet for their warped sense of humor. Now they already had Mondays, which keeps me in laughing until I cry on my drive to and from work. I now know why that show has been more irregular than usual in being produced. Mark Miller now has his own show called Millahseconds. It is a skit style story ......

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 12:36 PM

.NET Memory Analysis
One of the most frustrating challenges we have to deal with when we create an application is a memory related problem. These may actually manifest themselves as out of memory exceptions or possibly slow downs as the system waits for resources. Diagnosing the cause of these problems requires cunning and perseverance. So how do you go about finding the offending piece of code when your application contains several layers and thousands of lines of code. The answer is to dig into your bag of wizard’s ......

Posted On Saturday, October 7, 2006 1:43 AM

Mentor In A Bottle
I know others have already posted this one, but I wanted to put my two cents in. Scott Guthrie posted about the Patterns and Practices Guidance Explorer. The part that I thought was nice is that it comes in both desk top and web flavors. To some extent it seems to be little more than a dump of FXCop rules, but sometimes a search-able version of that is just what you need. I think a good thing to do with this is to use its ability to add more items would be to include such jewels as those in “.NET ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 4, 2006 7:26 PM

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