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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 January 2008 Entries
Creating Your Own Testing Tools
Ok, so it isn't necessarily the most efficient way to spend your time. It is usually better to buy your tools whenever possible, but it is a great way to learn. Of course I am not talking about recreating Nant or CruiseControl. What I am suggesting would be more in the nature of a test harness for integration testing purposes. These are strategic tools that will pay for themselves as you move from development into production support. One area where these harnesses come in handy are integration points ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 5:59 AM

Interesting Architecture Quotes
I normally only like to post links where I can add value.  In this case I think Firebrand's post stands on its own.  Take the time to check out and reflect on his list of quotes from Frank Lloyd Wright.

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 7:30 AM

Bigfoot Is Two Inches Tall
File this under "take you lessons from all parts of life". Recently there has been a lot of buzz about a picture of "Bigfoot" on Mars taken by the Spirit rover. As an amateur astronomer and a skeptic this has been humorous and disturbing to watch. You have to wonder how people could actually believe that this might be a life form. We are talking about a planet with very little atmosphere and no magnetic field to protect it from cosmic radiation. If you take a look at Emily Lakdawalla's blog post ......

Posted On Sunday, January 27, 2008 10:54 PM

Risk Aversion In Software Development
Managing a software development project is always a risk versus benefit balancing act. It seems that lately the scales have tipped way over to the side of reducing risk rather than supplying benefit. What do you do when you have a problem with an application but a fix won't be allowed because there is a work around? The benefit needs to be put into terms of savings. Does the solution require regular intervention on the part of a support team or is the user delayed in their work while waiting for ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:03 PM

The Power Of Krugle And Reflector
I have posted before about reading other's code. What happens when you need an example to get ideas from or to better understand usage. Let's face it. Documentation of a language doesn't always give you everything you need to know. If you haven't already found it, Krugle is a good place to look for code sample. It is the Google of code files. It has been around for a while but I don't believe that most developers know about it or use it as much as they might benefit. Try it out. Now you may want ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:50 AM

Al Gore Hasn't Been To Chicago In January
Ok, I'm not actually going to get into the whole global warming debate.  I just thought it would be a funny title for a post about a very cold day in the the Chicago suburbs.  If you look back a year on this blog you will find a post with a picture of sign saying -4.  When I woke up this morning it was at least -7 with a wind chill of -30.  Of course a little over a week ago it was +60.  As they say around here, "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change".  Stay warm.

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 7:21 AM

A Reminder About The Small Things
This week has been pretty busy with the promise of it only getting busier, but I am feeling pretty good. What is the reason for this optimistic outlook you might ask? Mainly it is the number of compliments on my work this week. Thankfully it has made me realize that this is something I need to do more often. Nothing makes your life better than lifting up those around you. So let me start by thanking all of you who read my blog and all of you who have contributed constructive comments. While I am ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:04 PM

Advantages Of Reading Other People's Code
Many new developers (and old developers) feel that reading other people's code is boring if not torture. I suggest that you look at this necessary evil as opportunities to discover treasures. You can learn new techniques by reviewing other's work. You can also learn things that you shouldn't do or remind yourself why you don't code a certain way. Either way you will most likely see code implemented in ways that you wouldn't normally do yourself. So lets take this discussion beyond just reading the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 9, 2008 9:31 PM

Passion For What You Do
The most recent Polymorphic Podcast does not have a lot of technical content, but I found it very interesting all the same. I am sure the most people go through times in their career where they wonder why they doing the job they are. Putting it another way, "what do you want to do when you grow up"? Of course we know that people in IT never grow up, but that is besides the point. Since this is the beginning of a new year it is a great time to get fired up about goals. Mine for this year include stepping ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 10:17 PM

Call For Chicago Area Architects
I am involved in working to get the Chicago chapter of IASA started and would like to find out who what architect are in the Chicago area. Please use the contact page of this blog to send me send me your information. I also encourage you to go to the IASA home page and register. It will give you access to a growing number of architect resources including a new video that was just released ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 8:17 AM

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