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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 2012 Entries
Reading QR Codes In Your Windows Phone App
I have recently been working on an application for a client that needs to read QR codes. This has lead to some interesting findings. There are a couple of approaches you can use. One is to take a picture and evaluate it for a code and the other is more like the Bing Vision feature. Both of them can be accomplished by leveraging theSilverlight ZXing library from Codeplex. In order to have QR code images to test I would suggest going to It is a site where you can freely generate QR images ......

Posted On Monday, July 23, 2012 3:42 PM

Why Social Metrics Are Only As Good As Their Input
As more and more social media sites come online people are looking to see what kind of influence you have on the community. Some employers are even checking your Klout or PeerIndex scores before they go into an interview. My problem is that these sites don’t even come close to telling the whole story of a person’s influence in the community. The first thing is that they can’t measure things such as user group interaction. How many conferences do you attend or speak at? Are you responding to forums ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:36 AM

Review: TypeMock Isolator 7
I was recently given an opportunity to review the TypeMock Isolator v7 framework. This is a very feature rich add-in for Visual Studio which simplifies unit testing by putting all the features you need right at your finger tips. Below is an abbreviated list of features found in the product. Components AutoRunner Failed Test Analyzer Coverage Test Auto-Complete The biggest productivity feature is the unit testing dashboard which drops down from the top of your Visual Studio code window. It provides ......

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2012 7:17 AM

Features I’d Like To See In Windows Phone 8
With Windows Phone 8 around the corner I figured I would get the wish list out. I am encouraged by what we have seen so far. This is a short list of the things that have bugged me over the last two years of using and developing for the platform. I realize that some of them are pure fantasy and will never happen, but we can dream. So here we go. Separate volume controls for phone and alerts Videos can be taken in portrait and will be saved that way Tweets created in the People Hub should be able to ......

Posted On Friday, July 13, 2012 1:40 PM

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