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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 November 2006 Entries
Team Foundation Server Frustration
Did someone set the way-back machine for 2001. I am trying to setup up a virtual server with TFS and it feels like I am installing Sharepoint Portal Server 2001. It is so unforgiving that if you miss a step it is hosed and it leaves you little or no way to fix the problem. It expects things the way it wants them and that is that. Of course some will say "just follow the instructions silly", and they would be right to a point. Still, I think application setup tools should be forgiving and make as ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 2:48 AM

VS Guy's Evil Brother

The consultant who will remain nameless (cough, cough, Nyman) is at it again.  VS Guys has shown his true colors.  He is now Doctor Defect!

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 12:39 PM

Gathering Requirements From A User Perspective
My wife asked me some questions out of frustration the other day which got me thinking. She wanted to know why I would ask here if she had plugged in the camera when she called me at work asking how to download her pictures? Why would I ask one of our friends what that friend wanted to do with the computer she was going to purchase when what she asked was what I thought was a good computer? This woman is a mother with three small children, what would I think she was going to do with it? Looking back ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 10:54 AM

Working With Virtual PC And Virtual Server
I have been working on setting up demos of VSTS and TFS on a VPC and Virtual Server. Along the way I have come across a number of snags. Some I have managed to work around. Some I have no answers for. First let me say that I didn't originally install VPC, Virtual Server or their operating systems. My normal machine didn't have enough horses to run these applications so I had our company's admin setup a new machine and install the basics for me. There seemed to be network problems which may be contributing ......

Posted On Thursday, November 23, 2006 3:00 AM

My Hero

I got a Visual Studio Guy last year for listening to some MSDN webcasts.  One of the consultants that I work with likes to put villainous captions on him.  Check it out.

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:48 PM

Visual Studio Team Systems Resources
I have been doing some work with VSTS and ran across a few resource that I thought some people might find of interest. Microsoft Visual Studio site - Team Systems Rocks (a little outdated, beta timeframe videos) - Team Systems Virtual Lab (only give an 90 min. environment, no instructions) - Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team Systems - ISBN 0764584367 MSDN Visual ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 3:19 AM

Overcoming The Challenges Of Agile In The Enterprise
The idea for this blog entry came from a conversation I had the other week with another consultant in the company that I work for. He was saying how he had used TDD for several projects and believed it just won't work in an enterprise wide project. This surprised me since most of the articles I have read and podcasts I have listened to say that this is not the case. You will hear various people say that agile methodologies can or can not work in an enterprise environment. I believe it is true that ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 11:00 AM

Interesting Facts From Podcast
In the latest ARCast Ron Jacobs talks with Scott Guthrie. As if that wasn't cool enough Ron asked him what he was most proud of. In a long list of things Scott happened to mention something that relates to one of my earlier posts. It seems that Disney's FastPass is run on machines using the .NET Compact Framework. Now that isn't a Hello World demo ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 2:25 AM

Evaluating Cost vs. Savings
Ok, so this isn't that far from another post I made recently. I am merely continuing to think about different aspects of the same problem. During the last couple of months the client that I have been working at has been trying to see where they can cut scope to maintain their timeline. One thing that I realized while listening to a podcast the other day is that they are not taking into account the cost saving that would be gained by moving the release date and delivering the code. On the podcast ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 12:09 PM

Election Technology
I figured that today this topic was appropriate. I'm not going to try to convince you to vote for a candidate. There are just a few things I have noticed during this election season that I wanted to rant about. Anyone who says that politicians are not technically savvy is probably right. The people who work for them are another story. They make sure that the candidates are blogging and podcasting. They also inform the people who are calling your house how to block their numbers a number of ways so ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:49 AM

Trouble Shooting Skills
Over my career I have worked with individuals who were problem solving challenged. Sometimes their critical thinking were in short supply. I think that mentoring is the best way to teach these skills. When a team member has a problem don't solve it for them. Ask them questions that make them solve it themselves. One of the questions that you can teach is to evaluate the resources that they have to indicate what the cause of the problem is. They should start thinking about things like the list below. ......

Posted On Saturday, November 4, 2006 2:37 AM

Using Tasks to Manage Time
One of my biggest demons is losing time to activities that are not one of my main priorities. I also have the problem of trying to remember all of the items that are assigned to me. Now what was I working on? Oh yes, a blog post. :) Lately I am trying to use Outlook tasks to manage my time and priorities, at least at work. I believe that it was Scott Hanselman that talked about Tiddly Wiki and the Getting Things Done version. Personally I have not been able to get it to work. I got frustrated and ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 4:02 AM

Architect Community and Resources
Being an architect or becoming an architect is not an easy thing to do. In most companies if there is even a single architect you are lucky. This means that you are on your own to figure out what an architect should really be. No wonder no one can agree on what an architect is. One thing I would like to see is an apprenticeship and mentoring program within the architect community. Experience is key to becoming an architect, but there are component skills that can be grown and nurtured. We need to ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 3:06 AM

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