Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog

May 2007 Entries

Back Up! Back Up! Back Up!

I know that all too many people have shared this experience.  Last night my main laptop hard drive crashed.  We aren't just talking made a load noise and came to a screeching halt.  No!  The only thing I get is "Disk Read Error".  Nothing else.  So I backup to an external drive.  I thought everything that was important was on the disk.  I guess not.  There isn't anything I can't do without, but there are a few things I wish I had backed up.  Live and learn.

Life Teaching An Architect Perspective

I have talked before about situations in my life that have made me rethink the way I look at things in my job.  Well, it happened again today.

I was talking with a co-worker about astronomy and he started asking me a number of questions.  My initial reaction was "how can you not know that?".  It goes to show that we have to make sure we are not assuming what people know.  This could be when mentoring a developer or gathering requirements from a business partner.

Now this does have to be balanced.  You can get very annoying if you always treat people like you can't start a discussion without laying a foundation of knowledge.  You need to learn to read people.  If you find that you are getting blank stares from what you are saying then back up.

Maybe this can be one of those life lesson figures like they have in the TLC commercials. :)

The Way Development Should Be

Now this is the way to get to the hearts and minds of developers.  Gaming, food and management bashing all in one.  I was going through Visual Studio Magazine when I came across an add for this site.  It is a cross between Halo and Dilbert.

Microsoft Makes More Investments In Community

Check out this post from Tom Hollander.  I have been involved before with projects that built custom versions of application blocks.  This is a great way to share your learning and learn from how others have extended the Enterprise Library.  I think it is a great idea.  Visit the new site on CodePlex: