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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".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET Visual Studio
Visual Studio 2013 Launch Thoughts
Every new version of Visual Studio adds new features that make it easier to build apps in a maintainable way with best practices. Yesterday we got to see the latest enhancements in Visual Studio 2013 during the virtual launch event. I appreciated that yesterday’s event was live streamed, but even more that they didn’t stop the streaming when they left the keynote session. This made it much easier to go back and catch tid-bits that I missed the first time through. One of my favourite announcements ......

Posted On Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:23 AM

TechEd 2012: Day 3 – Build Me A Solution
While digesting my lunch it was time to digest some TFS Build information. While much of my time is spent wearing my developer’s hat I am still a jack of all trades and automated builds are an important aspect of any project. Because of this I was looking forward to finding out what new features are available in the latest release of Team Foundation Server. The first feature that caught my attention is the TFS Admin Client. After being used to dealing with NAnt in the past it is nice to see a build ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 10:46 PM

VS2008 Express Edition - Round 2
For those of you who read the previous post you will have noticed some of my questions were answered by helpful commenters. The first thing that was mentioned is that you can install as many of the express versions as you wish. What you really give up here is the ability to have just one Visual Studio environment that looks the same for all of your projects. For the moment I can live with that. So I installed the Web Edition and found a couple of surprising items. The toolbox actually included AJAX ......

Posted On Thursday, December 6, 2007 10:20 PM

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

VS2008 Express Edition - You Get What You Pay For
I no longer work for a company that readily supplies me with MSDN software so I have to get Visual Studio for myself this time around. To that end I figured I would investigate the Express Edition. The first thing I noticed is the separation of project types. You can only do Windows or Web applications. You can't do both. I was wondering if the "search online templates" in the Create Project dialog might give some more options, but this lead to nowhere. The next step I am looking at is if you can ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 10:55 PM

Creating Snippets For Visual Studio
There is nothing earth shattering here. I was just putting together a set of snippets to make life a little easier while developing SharePoint and Office Open XML projects. My search for information crossed a lot of different sites. MSDN has a number of articles about all the features of creating and managing snippets. Below is a compilation of the basics around creating these little helpers. Hopefully it is a little more detailed in the whys then MSDN content. Creating A Snippet File Snippet files ......

Posted On Thursday, October 15, 2009 3:08 PM

Chicago Architects Group January 2009 Meeting
The Chicago Architects Group is kicking off a new year with it’s first meeting of the year on January 29th. Please come and join us and get involved in our architect community. Register Presenter: Angela Binkowski Topic: Visual Studio Team Systems 2010: Architect Edition Tools Preview Location: Illinois Technology Assocation 200 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500 Room A Chicago, IL 60606 Time: 5:30 - Doors open at 5:15 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2009 9:26 PM

Learning WPF
Wow! The learning curve for WPF is pretty steep. It is at least when you compare it to WinForms or ASP.NET. I guess the price you pay for flexibility is complexity. Discoverablility is definitely a problem with XAML. How do these silly tags work? Most of them don't have properties as you would expect. You have to add child tags which may or may not have properties. The children may also be extensions of the parent object. Certain tags seems like they will have an effect, such as wrapping content, ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 9:51 PM

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