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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 July 2007 Entries
What If All Scripts Supported WhatIf
In a previous post I described a PowerShell script that I created for renaming image files. The other day I mistakenly put in an incorrect value for one of the command line parameters. At that point I realized that maybe my script needed the same capability that many of the PowerShell cmdlets have. It is a parameter called "whatIf". whatIf is a parameter that cmdlets with a destructive nature make available in order to allow you to verify that your script will work as you intended before committing ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 31, 2007 10:11 PM

First Impressions of VS2008 Beta 2
I decided to take the time to download the latest beta of Visual Studio. Below are my impressions from initial usage. This mainly means I opened the environment and played a little. The first thing that you notice is that the IDE looks essentially the same as it did for VS2005. When you create a new project you will notice that there are now options for WPF, WCF, WF and AJAX projects. Seeing as I spend most of my time in web applications I figured that would be a good place to start. It is good to ......

Posted On Monday, July 30, 2007 10:37 PM

Xiine Who?
I heard about Xiine on .NET Rocks and figured I would see what all the hype is about. It is a reader for magazines, books and other formatted content built on .NET 3.0 technologies including WPF. Future releases are also support RSS from what they were saying on the show. I have to say that the interface is pretty clean. The one thing that I notice is missing from the current release is discoverability from within the application directly. The main navigation uses a bread crumb menu, which I find ......

Posted On Friday, July 27, 2007 10:08 PM

Pay It Forward
One of my hobbies is photography (webshots, zooomr) and I was listening to The Digital Photography Show podcast where the guest was Kevin Kubota. He presents photography seminars and is offering scholarships to his seminars. The interesting part of the application is that you have to describe what charity work you do. He said that he figures if he is doing something for you then you should be doing something for your community to show that you are serious. So how does this relate to architecture ......

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:38 PM

Cool Celebration And Team Building

We had some fun tonight to celebrate a major release for one of our clients and do a little team building.  Fast, some what violent sports are always fun.

Daugherty Chicago Indoor Racing

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:24 PM

Renaming Groups of Files With PowerShell
One of my hobbies is photography. Naming image files so that they are useful can take a significant amount of time. Personally I like to name them by subject and by date so that they sequence nicely in Windows Explorer. I'm sure there are hundreds of application that already have this feature, but being a geek and wanting to lean something new I decided to figure out how to perform the task in PowerShell. The first thing I needed to figure out was how to select a group of files. I found that the ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:21 PM

Frustrated Locating Dead Trees
I have been trying to learn PowerShell so I went to a book store with the initials BN to see what I could find. Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer to have hard copies of books. While I was there I wanted to look for books on my hobbies of photography and astronomy. This particular store only had one PowerShell book in a very small computer section. It had no astronomy books in its even smaller science section. I got so frustrated I forgot to look for the photography books. You would think ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:20 PM

Be A Better Developer
I have seen posts like this floating around and then the other day I listened to Hanselminutes where Scott and Carl discussed the subject. I figured my enthusiasm has been lacking lately and maybe this would be a good way to bump it up a notch. I need to find a new way to get Microsoft products to learn on. One of the clients I used to work for had been paying for my MSDN subscription. With that gone and my current company being a miser with the developer tools I need to come up with a new plan. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:20 PM

A Pragmatic Approach to Software Development
On a recent ARCast Ron interviewed Jeffrey Palermo. The thing that really impressed me was that he really separated the Agile principles from implementation approaches. The fact that the goal is working code over comprehensive documentation and that designing by testing is just one way of getting there is a much more rational statement than I often read. Similarly there is an ARCast.tv clip with Peter Provost where he discusses TDD. The great thing is he discusses where architecture fits with TDD. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:48 AM

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