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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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Windows 10 – Going Backwards
I’m not sure how, but I seem to be an outlier in this point of view. I am finding that almost everything they are doing to Windows 10 to make it more acceptable to the masses is taking away features that I preferred in Windows 8. It isn’t that I thought everything was great and didn’t need to be improved, but these are features that I found at the very least useful and in most cases efficient. I’m just going to hit on the big ones here. Let’s start with the left swipe gesture. In Windows 8 this gave ......

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2015 1:11 PM

Why Is Windows Phone The Best Camera Phone
I recently went on vacation and over the week was switching back and forth between taking pictures with my Lumia 920 and my wife’s iPhone 5. It really got me to thinking how much better the Windows Phone is as a camera. The images in this post were taken using my Lumia 920. The main issue that got my attention was the faster shutter, or at least the perception of a faster shutter. I think it is the fact that Windows Phone has a dedicated camera that I can prefocus in order capture action images where ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:14 PM

Browser Style Difference
I was visiting a photography blog the other day and was having a lot of trouble reading it. All of the links we blending into the background. Being color blind I was wondering if it was just me and that was the way it was intended. When I asked the site owner about it he said it was a problem with IE and didn't know how to fix it. Of course being the geek that I am I couldn't leave it at that. I pulled down the source (evidently a WordPress template) and his style sheets. Everything looked fine, ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:27 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

Microsoft Is Not Open Source And Therefore Irrelevant?
I saw a YouTube video that when you boiled it down said that since Microsoft isn’t predominantly an open source company that they are irrelevant. The speaker strikes me as someone who doesn’t live in the real world. I rarely see a client that is exclusively Microsoft technology especially after a number of mergers. I have worked often on projects that used Web Sphere long side IIS, DB2 and Oracle along with SQL Server, and open source tools along with purchased frameworks. Of course we can always ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:29 PM

Is It Time To Specialize?
Over my career I have made a living as a generalist. I have been a jack of all trades and a master of none. It has served me well in that I am able to move from one technology to the other quickly and make myself productive. Where it becomes a problem is deep knowledge. I am constantly digging for the things that aren’t basic knowledge. How do you make a product like WCF or Windows RT do more than just “Hello World”? As an architect I need to be a jack of all trades. This is what helps me to bring ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:29 AM

Why Does Bing Not Have Blog Search
This is more of a short rant than anything. For the most part I like Bing. Once in a while I still find I get better results from Google. The main thing I find myself missing that I had with Google is the blog search feature. All to often I can filter out a lot of garbage just by using that option. So my request is “when will Bing implement blogsearch”? Tags: Bing,Google,blogsearch ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 17, 2010 8:53 AM

Cookie Cutter Versus Custom Development
I recently had a potential client ask for an estimate of some work they wanted done. They already had a price in mind which I was pretty sure I couldn’t come close to. The reason for this is because they were comparing off the shelf, commodity type development to the custom development that it would require for my team to do the work. So does this mean that custom development can’t be the right answer if a subject area has commoditized? Not in the least. In many cases (but not all) these quick solutions ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:19 AM

To Start Or Not To Start
On a recent Windows Weekly podcast Mary Jo Foley and Leo Laporte had me talking to my Zune HD (practically yelling) as they discussed if Microsoft got it wrong with Windows 8 by taking away the start button and forcing Metro full screen apps on users. Leo’s main argument was around the fact that the reason people buy big screens is so that they can have multiple windows open at the same time on the same screen. I really took exception to this. Even with every version of Windows leading up to Windows ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:23 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

Why Twitter Needs Third Party Apps
Yesterday Twitter released their Windows 8 native application. This is just a short time after releasing an update for Windows Phone. It took my all of two minutes determine that these applications are unusable for the way I use Twitter and their web site doesn’t cut it either. Now I admit that my usage may not be the same as the majority of Twitter subscribers, but I don’t think it is entirely outside the norm either. I use multiple accounts because of user groups that I work with and employer accounts. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:59 PM

Platform Religion Leads To Bad Business Decisions
I have been accused of being a Microsoft fanboy which has probably become more true as the years go by. Of course this is due in great part to the fact that developing for Microsoft technologies allows me to feed my family. In truth though, despite my reservations about other platforms, I am pragmatic when it comes to recommending implementations for clients. You should always take into account things like existing installed technologies, development team capabilities and ROI when determining the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:24 AM

Be Honest With Product Reviews
As you gain attention in the technology community you will get asked to review books and products from time to time. In doing so you are going to find that not everything that you are asked to review will be something you believe is useful or agree with the author. I have found that being honest with the person who asked for the review is the best thing that you can do for both yourself and them. Contact them and explain your reservations and ask if they still want you to publish the review. While ......

Posted On Monday, February 18, 2013 10:37 PM

The Importance Of R&D For Consultants
In most companies it is important to keep up with the latest technologies. In a consulting firm it is critical because what you are selling is knowledge and experience. The ability for a consultant to advise a client both from a business perspective and from a technology perspective adds to the value of your people. The business knowledge relies on real world experience, but the technology knowledge mean many hours of research and prototyping with betas. A company needs to look at the time and money ......

Posted On Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:07 PM

Is Android Good For Consumers?
This Christmas our household got its first Android devices. They were a couple of off-brand tablets and I have come to hate them. We bought them because they were cheaper. In this post I will be looking at this from an average consumer perspective. What was the experience and how does it affect my view of the platform. The main issue is the ability to download apps. This particular tablet did not come with the Google Play Store app. Instead it came with a link to download the Amazon Store app. I ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:10 AM

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

Microsoft Changes Developer Account Registration Requirements
Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed that Microsoft seems to have changed the requirements for Corporate accounts. These requirements were not in effect when I originally setup the account for the company that I work for. We also recently had our corporate account canceled without explanation and are in the process of working to get it reinstated. This all seems to revolve around rules to increase confidence that in the producers of content. They are now having Symantec validate a company ......

Posted On Friday, December 7, 2012 10:15 AM

Is The Ease Of Windows Phone Development Ruining Its Image
I was reading an article on Mashable recently by a long time iPhone user who is living solely on a Lumia 920 at the moment and giving her assessment. One thing that struck a nerve with me was her describing the Windows Phone ecosystem as immature. She wasn’t saying this because of the number of apps or the big names like most people do. She means the quality of the apps in the store. This hit a nerve with me. I find it hard to believe that the majority of app on iOS are of any higher quality than ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:48 AM

Interesting Blog Stats–What Sells
Just out of curiosity I decided to find out what the most frequently post were on my blog. I knew what number one would be just from checking daily stats from time to time. The main theme that I found in the data is that either pain or humor can really bring people to find your posts. My most viewed post is on turning off Toshiba Flashcards at over 54K views (I think Toshiba should take notice of this massive fail). The second highest is on Interesting Blog titles. This was nothing more than a post ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:28 AM

Windows 8 App Wish List
As I have been using Windows 8 more some of them apps that come with the system have been missing some features that I would like to see. So Microsoft, here is my wish list for some new features. Skydrive Copy files from one folder to another in Skydrive Get public and read only URLs of a file OneNote MX Print a page Mail Accept/Reject appointments Sort inbox Search inbox (use the search charm) Print email Store Keyword search (use the search charm) Tags: Windows 8 ......

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2012 8:30 AM

My Favorite Free Windows Phone Twitter App
Windows Phone 7 has been out for about two years now. In that time I have switched back and forth with different free Twitter apps. Mostly the has been because someone has mentioned one or another that they like. I figured I would give a quick run down of what I felt were the pros and cons of each. These are only the ones that I have used and your mileage may vary. So here we go. WP7 Built-In Twitter Functionality While it is great that Microsoft put this functionality in, it is extremely limited ......

Posted On Friday, August 31, 2012 11:50 AM

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

3 Reasons You Need To Know Something About Every Technology
I make my living as a consultant and a general technologist. I credit my success to the fact that I have never been afraid to pick up any product, language or platform needed to get the job done. While Microsoft technologies I my mainstay, I have done work on mainframe and UNIX platforms and have worked with a wide variety of database engines. Each one has it’s use and most times it is less expensive to find a way to communicate with an existing system than to replace it. So what are the main benefits ......

Posted On Monday, June 18, 2012 8:49 PM

Why Do Computer Scientists Need To Understand Software Developers
I saw a tweet asking why do we educate computer scientists to get developers and compared this to structural engineers and stone masons. I believe this is a good question with a flawed premise. The flaw is in thinking that a developer’s job is as simple and limited in variations as that of a mason. Almost every problem attacked by a developer requires that they bend their tools and materials in a new way. This requires that everyone on a team communicate and at least on some level understand each ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 1:09 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

Long Work Week
It is one of those production preparation weeks.  You know the ones I am talking about.  The ones where every defect you don't need popping up at the last minute does!  I know, one more reason to use TDD.  Of course that is also the good thing about being a consultant.  You tend to move right onto another project where you can apply the lessons you have learned.

Posted On Saturday, June 23, 2007 11:25 AM

The Hidden Costs Of Offshoring Your IT
While I am not a fan of offshoring IT development, I do understand the attraction. From a rate perspective they look very attractive, but in my experience that is the smallest part of the story when it comes to offshore resources. There are a number of hurdles you will have to deal with if you are going use developers that are half way around the world. The first obstacle is the language and cultural barrier. I am not talking about just understanding the words, but understanding the meaning behind ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:29 AM

Organizing Your Work With OneNote Page Templates
If you have seen the Windows Phone commercial where the father is in the grocery store with the shopping list in OneNote you have gotten you first taste of the flexibility that can be had with OneNote. I like most consultants have a lot of fires going and once and I am finding that the templates in OneNote are helping me to get a handle on the different projects and tasks I need to track. I started using OneNote to do simply what its name suggests: take and organize notes. Lately though I am finding ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2012 3:15 PM

Why We Need UX Designers
Ok, so maybe this is really why I need UX designers. While I have always had an interest in photography and can appreciate a well designed user interface putting one together is an entirely different endeavor. Being color blind doesn’t help, but coming up with ideas is probably the biggest portion of the issue. I can spot things that just don’t look like they work right, but what will? UX designers is an area that most companies do not spend much if any resources. As they say, you only get one chance ......

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2011 9:40 PM

(Technology) Holy Wars
As the song says “War! What is it good for?”. Well, maybe not absolutely nothing, but it is definitely a distraction. Whether we are talking about Apple vs. Microsoft, C++ vs. Java vs. .NET, Lotus Notes vs. Microsoft Exchange, Nikon vs. Canon, Cubs vs. White Sox or Bears vs. Packers our world is filled with fan boys ready to go to battle. Just cheering for your favorite isn’t a problem. It is when you have a driving need to put the other guy down and prove that you are behind the winner. Let’s take ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:42 AM

Team Foundation Server Frustration
Did someone set the way-back machine for 2001. I am trying to setup up a virtual server with TFS and it feels like I am installing Sharepoint Portal Server 2001. It is so unforgiving that if you miss a step it is hosed and it leaves you little or no way to fix the problem. It expects things the way it wants them and that is that. Of course some will say "just follow the instructions silly", and they would be right to a point. Still, I think application setup tools should be forgiving and make as ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 2:48 AM

Queue Hell
I have come across a situation at a client where they believe that queues are the answer for everything. It is how they abstract their database from the applications. The battle cry seems to be “If we go through a queue it is more flexible and ensures that messages between apps will get to their destination. While I do believe that queues such as MSMQ and MQ Series have their place, they are not the answer to all the worlds woes. Of course the same goes for any technology. I have heard of companies ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:47 AM

Why Windows Phone Rocks
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2011 9:57 AM

Microsoft Is Dead, Long Live SalesForce?
A number of people returned from the recent Dreamforce conference. One told me that this is now the largest IT conference. This information was followed up with the statement that Microsoft is missing the boat and will soon go the way of Novell. This got me to thinking. Does this statement hold any water? Any large company definitely has the possibility getting tunnel vision. Microsoft is not immune to these issues. But is it possible that their culture might could as an anti-virus. There is one ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:32 AM

This Developers Life Podcast
This Developers Life is a podcast put out by Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery. In the most recent episode there were a couple of things that really struck me. The fist was on motivation. Why is it that we keep spending every free hour keeping up with the latest technologies and techniques? Personally, I have always enjoyed the satisfaction of solving problems with technology. Hey, if you aren’t one to join sports then you need some sort of challenge. Of course getting to play with new toys like Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:27 PM

Memories Of The Past While Learning The Future
The last couple of weeks I have been working through some proof of concepts for Windows Phone 7. While working through one exercise I had a flashback. The book I was reading mentioned how you needed to code your application to have the smallest possible memory and and processing speed footprint. Suddenly I was back in high school with my Tandy hand-held computer which had a single line of text screen and a whopping 1K of memory. Talk about limitations. So what else can you learn from developing in ......

Posted On Friday, November 19, 2010 2:29 AM

Windows Live Writer 2011
The new WLW 2011 has been a shock to the system. I am used to having my history/drafts and and plug-ins at the ready down the right side of the window. Plug-ins are now under the insert tag on the ribbon. The history and drafts are now under a drop-down file menu in the ribbon. I’ll have to see if this configuration works for me. There doesn’t seem to be an option for a “classic” setup so I may end up looking for a new blog editor that is more efficient for me. I realize to some people these may ......

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 1:16 AM

What I Learned From Thirsty Developer
A few months back I sat down on a conference call with Dave Bost and Clark Sell to record an episode of Thirsty Developer. I had suggested that we could talk about Office Open XML and how it can be used to automate the generation of documents. Now for a number of reasons this episode will never see the light of day (at least not as we originally recorded it). But the reason that sticks in my mind is that the story wasn’t there. As technologists we spend a lot of time learning tools, languages and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:35 AM

Architects – Can’t We All Be Friends
Lately I have had some run-ins with structural architects who have warned me that calling myself or our user group Architects is against the law in Illinois. I still need to sort out if this is actually the case or not, but it makes me ask a number of questions. Clearly the law was not intended to protect the word Architect. It was meant to protect the profession and protect the public from people who were practicing architecture without proper training. We wouldn’t want buildings and bridges falling ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 2:50 AM

An Adventure Not To Be Repeated
Last weekend I had to travel out of town for a funeral and the flight out was one I don't want experience again. So what happened? I got to the airport early, but evidently that isn't a requirement for the flight crew. We were told they were coming in on another flight and hadn't arrived yet. Oh, and by the way the maintenance crew is looking at the breaks of our plane. Great! The crew finally arrived, but they decided it would be better if we didn't fly this particular aircraft. So an hour later ......

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 10:43 PM

Am I Allergic To Apples
I must be allergic to Apples since every time I watch a commercial or listen to someone hype them I get irritated. Lately there have been a couple of posts and podcasts that have given me a little relief. Scoble has been having problems lately with his Macs and Hanselman was relating some issues with his on the latest Polymorphic Podcast. The observation here is not that Windows machines are any better than Apples. It is that Apples really aren't special or immune to problems. It more you load onto ......

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 7:20 AM

Vista Slide Show Screen Saver Sucks
This is a continuation of a couple of previous posts. The good news is that I seem to have identified the source of my display aggravations. Luckily it seems that it is just the screen saver that doesn't know how to render an image properly. Since my earlier posts I have worked with several image editing tools and installed Webshots and a third party photo screen saver. None of them are showing the display issue that the Vista native screen saver does. So, although the title of this post is negative ......

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2007 10:01 PM

Vista and New Machine Annoyances
I have had my new machine for about two weeks now. There are a number of things that are bugging me. Some of them are definitely Vista related. Some of them might be the machine or might be Vista. The first thing is that nothing is where it used to be. The screen saver utility is no longer in Display. It is now in Personalization. Oh, and by the way, Display no longer appears in the Control Panel, it's under Personalization. So once you find the screen saver setting try selecting Photos. Even if ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 3:21 PM

Windows Vista User Experience at T+ 48hr
Ok, so I am a little behind the adoption curve for an IT person. I had a machine crash recently and finally purchased a computer with Vista installed. I have to say that so far I am less than impressed. I am sure that the computer needs more memory but I am experiencing random screen flickers where the screen will black for a second and then everything is fine. This seems to only happen when there are a number of popup bubbles. Another wierd thing is windows keep resizing themselves when I am clicking ......

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2007 5:56 AM

Election Technology
I figured that today this topic was appropriate. I'm not going to try to convince you to vote for a candidate. There are just a few things I have noticed during this election season that I wanted to rant about. Anyone who says that politicians are not technically savvy is probably right. The people who work for them are another story. They make sure that the candidates are blogging and podcasting. They also inform the people who are calling your house how to block their numbers a number of ways so ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:49 AM

User Friendly Devices?
My MP3 player decided to take a dirt nap this morning so I went out to buy a new one. The first thing that I noticed is that all of the new players are USB changed. While this may be good for the environment it isn't good for long rides to work. Actually it is a conspiracy to sell more junk. Now you need a mobile changer for your MP3 player. SUCKER! I found one that looked like it had decent features and bought it. Now maybe I am just a geek, but I don't want to have to install software to deal with ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 12:00 AM

Uninstalling GAT Adventure
I decided the other day that I would like to install the latest version of the Guidance Automation Toolkit. No big deal, right? Wrong! The toolkit itself didn't complain during the process, but GAX has been giving me hell. It seems that I had a couple of hands on labs installed that it felt needed to be uninstalled first. The problem is that the installer only knows them by their short names which aren't very helpful when you have about 20 different HOL on your machine. I had eventually gotten it ......

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 4:26 PM

Language Extremists Irritate Me
I will probably get myself in trouble with this post, but a recent ARCast just irritated me like walking through poison ivy in a pair of swimming trunks. C# or VB.NET. The battle rages on. I will say that I prefer C#, but I spend a lot of time writing VB for clients who have that as their standard. In the podcast Ron's guest Bill McCarthy talks about how great VB.NET is. The funny thing is that what he points out as its strong points are exactly what I dislike about VB. Specifically things like the ......

Posted On Monday, October 16, 2006 1:23 PM

Catching up ... 3.0?
My latest project has been all consuming to the point where I am starting to feel like the world is passing me by. The other day I was listening to a podcast while commuting and heard WinFx referred to as .NET 3.0. When did this happen? Somehow I missed that announcement. For those who are behind the times like me you might check out this site. The most disturbing part is that anyone who has been in this business for a while knows that if you don't keep up someone else will soon be doing your job. ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 4:53 PM

Too Many Chefs in the Project Kitchen
This is really an observation about large enterprises. The larger they get, the more people are required to make a single decision. I am currently working for a client that has an entire floor of a building with nothing but architects residing there. In the process of this project we came across a technical issue relating to the database. We presented alternatives to the lead architects and thought that we had an approval for a solution. Surprise! It turns out the data architects were still discussing ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 2, 2006 1:32 AM

Still alive
I just thought that I would post something so that people know that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth.  It has been rather busy lately.  I am working two projects for my current client (hopefully one ends today).  I was also supposed to fly out of town earlier this week, but my wife ended up in the hospital.  Add to that the fact that my laptop died and I am having just a wonderful month.  Hopefully July is better.

Posted On Friday, June 30, 2006 10:22 AM

Watch What You Say ... It May Get Printed
I was going through my blog stats this morning for both this and my previous blog when I found a link that I didn't expect. It was from Visual Studio Magazine. Evidently, in a fit of insanity I had written a letter to the editor back in March about the battles between VB and C-type languages. A) I forgot I have even written it. B) I never thought it would get published(duh). C) Reading it now I have to say “Did I really write that”? The things I wrote in this letter to the editor make ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:26 AM

Catastrophe Projects - Looking in the Mirror
I have had this sample chapter sitting on my desktop for a couple of weeks now. Tonight I decided it was time to read it or close it. Thankfully I chose to read it. By the definition of this book, “Catastrophe Disentanglement: Getting Software Projects Back on Track”, the project that I am currently on is a catastrophe. Sure we keep knocking out bugs, but at the same time they keep adding more and more functionality and extensions to the project. As this chapter suggest I think it is ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:34 AM

Technology at Disney
I just got back from a much needed vacation with my family in Florida. While we were there we visited all of the Disney theme parks and there were a number of cool technology usages that I noted. The first was right as you came into any of the parks. Your park pass is encoded with a magnetic strip like a credit card. Any one with an adult pass had to put their card through the turnstile scanner and then insert their hand into a device at the top of the turnstile. I'm not sure what this was for as ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 8:57 AM

Iterative and User Centered
My current project is making me see more and more that iterative development with constant input from the end users is the best way to have a successful outcome. Recently I was involved in a conference call with the end users and the business representatives. These representatives had given us all of our requirements and we had no direct contact with the people in the field. BIG MISTAKE! This was compounded by the fact that the client is following a very waterfall approach with tons of documentation. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:51 AM

A TDD Holy War
Rocky Lhotka was recently on DNR and made some comments about TDD that have created quite a stir. Rocky has posted a deeper explanation of his comments from the show. I first must place myself as a TDD skeptic who finds the topic worthy of more research. Personally, I have many of the same concerns that Rocky brought up. Much of what I have read on the subject focuses on building one piece of functionality at a time. I try to keep an open mind, and maybe I am missing something, but it seems that ......

Posted On Friday, March 31, 2006 2:00 PM

Why I like Rocky
I found this post by Rocky Lhotka rather entertaining as well as rather directly pointing out what we as architects and developers should all understand.  Suddenly I am hungry. :)

Posted On Monday, March 13, 2006 5:55 PM

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