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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 August 2007 Entries
Creating A Paint.NET Effect Plugin
This is an area that I have not explored before. That is the creation of plug-ins and community property. Add to that the fact that the most graphical programming I have done is frame by frame line drawing animation on an Apple II. In this case I ran into a challenge online that requested an effect that Paint.NET did not offer. My first adventure started with a version of CodeLab published by BoltBait (sorry I don't have a real name). It is a tool that launches as an effect within Paint.NET giving ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 10:09 PM

Ultimate Tool List
He has done it again.  Scott Hanselman has come out with his 2007 Ultimate Tool List.  If you value your time check it out.

Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2007 7:12 AM

OT: Floating Away

Last month we were begging for rain.  My grass is completely dead in spots and the only thing growing are weeds and crab grass.  This month it just won't stop raining.  I looked up some figures this morning.  The county I live in gets an average of 4" of rain in August.  One town is reporting almost 10" so far this month with two weeks to go and a forcast of rain all this week.  I'm thinking of building an arc.  Anyone want to join me?

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 7:53 AM

David Hayden On .NET Rocks
This latest show really interested me since the topic was Enterprise Library. It is a subject that is near and dear to my heart since I spent significant amount of time working on a few chapters of a book for the 2.0 release. I have to admit I haven't had much time to keep up lately and had even forgotten that they had moved it to CodePlex. I found the application blocks that were added for 3.0 exciting. The fact that there is now a validation application block and a policy injection application ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 10:32 PM

Invisible Captcha

This is another one of those things I heard about on .NET Rocks.  I believe that it is being used here on GWB, considering the visible one doesn't seem to be in use any more.  It is an interesting approach to a difficult problem.

Now the question is what is next when the spammers figure out how to defeat this barrier?  I'm waiting for the retina scanner.

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 10:51 PM

Feeling The Need For Agile

I sat in a meeting today where a boat load of process documents were dumped on the team in the middle of an A&D phase which is already behind schedule.  Now this wasn't to introduce us to new processes, but to document the processes we are already doing informally.  Add on top of that a request to redo a full team meeting because a couple of people couldn't attend and I feel like I am being pounded to death by the "waterfall" today.  How about just a little agile?

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 10:29 PM

The Things You See On The Way To Work

Here is something you don't see every day.


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Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 10:27 PM

Photography Can Teach Different Ways To See Design
This is becoming a trend for me taking different hobbies in my life and applying them to my job (which also happens to be my hobby). One way that you can learn to take better images is to work through assignments. These can be challenges from a group, a paid project or self assignments. This is the way I learned .NET 2.0 and how I will approach learning VS2008. With 2.0 I rewrote my wife's web site. The other things that these assignments teach is looking at things from different perspectives. Take ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 9:52 PM

Yahoo Spam Filter Gone Crazy

I don't know what is happening, but for about the last week Yahoo's spam filter has started putting half of my emails to the spam folder.  If I didn't go in there every so often and check things out I would still be wondering where some of them were.  Go figure!

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 9:22 PM

IT: The Next Generation
I was talking with a neighbor who is going to DePaul University for software engineering. Things have definitely changed since I was in college. He was working on a Java PDA app and a traffic light controller application. That is a long way from encryption programs and inventory reports. One thing that is a little scary is that he says his focus is on project management. Now maybe my thinking is outdated, but I don't believe that you can effectively manage developers without knowing how to develop ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 5:43 AM

Now That Is Dedication To Your Product
Yesterday I posted about adding whatIf functionality to a PowerShell script. Less than 24 hours later I had a comment from Jeffrey Snover of the PowerShell team. This isn't the first time that I have noticed hits to my blog from Microsoft addresses after posting on one subject or another. I find the fact that the product teams are keeping an eye on the community reassuring. Keep up the good work guys ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 1, 2007 9:36 PM

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