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Tim Murphy

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".

I review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET Misc
Rejuvenate Your Career
We can all get in a rut after years in this industry. We get comfortable doing what we know. The problem is that technology does not stand still. If we don’t keep reinventing ourselves then we will eventually find that we don’t have the skills that the industry requires. This is so important an issue that I often ask prospective employment candidates how they keep up with technology. So what is my answer to rejuvenate your career? Because I spend most of my time developing solutions for the Microsoft ......

Posted On Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:43 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

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

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

Blogging Withdrawal
Did you know that blogging is a drug and that if you go too long without posting something you actually go into withdrawal? It turns out to be the case, at least for me. Whatever the excuse may be, when I go for a long stretch without a significant topic posted I feel anxious, almost as if I had abandoned my child. Lately the IT consulting business has been so busy it just doesn’t leave much time to blog. Working a full day at one client and then doing support work for others in the evening is seems ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:44 PM

Curating Employee Blogs
I’m not sure if it is ego or a desire to inform our community, but many of us try to post to blogs on a regular basis. Many companies choose to have their own blog server to host content from their employees. But this doesn’t always work, especially when your employees already have a community presence before joining the team. Recently our company has been trying to conquer this very issue. The first question is “what are your goals”. For us it is to aggregate blog postings/articles that could be ......

Posted On Friday, March 15, 2013 7:20 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

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