Archive for September, 2007

BritSpeak #2: “Difference of opinion”

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Tricky stuff this English... One might think that difference of opinion simply means we disagreed, as in one of us thinks it's going to rain this afternoon and the other doesn't. That's not a "difference of opinion" it's a disagreement. Why? Because "differences of opinion" are on another level and usually involve a "free and ...

Gotchas: Using SN.EXE on Vista

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Software development is full of pitfalls. Sometimes it's the little things that can have you up burning the midnight oil. The dumb stuff that in the cold light of day you wonder how you ever missed. So when you read some of these posts you may end up thinking "Who ...

xUnit released

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

xUnit is the latest greatest unit testing framework from Jim Newkirk, one of the original authors of NUnit. Jim, Brad and the CodePlex team have finally released it on xUnit.net. I went to a talk by Brad on xUnit a while back it's got lots of cool new features and has ...

BritSpeak #1: “Suboptimal”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

So as an Englishman working in the US I've had a few communication problems on occasion. The are several sites dedicated to different word usage across the Atlantic. None of them seem to really help when it comes to some of the subtleties of English, as spoken in the UK. Understatement is ...

patterns & practices Summit 2007

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

I'll be speaking at this year's patterns and practices Summit, along with a host of other people, including all the usual suspects. I'll be talking about Web Service Software Factory: Modeling Edition with Bob Brumfield and Dragos, Wojtek, Jason and I will be doing something on our patterns survey and the ...

Agile 2007 Sessions – Diana Larsen’s “Stimulating Success Agile Managers as Facilitators”

Monday, September 24th, 2007

This session grabbed my attention as this was just one of many challenges the VSTO product unit faced when moving to a more agile process as part of the migration to a new Feature Crew process in Visual Studio. More entertainingly when we started this move, of which I was a ...

Agile 2007 – Overview

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

One of the main themes of Agile 06 was "crossing the gap". The question as to whether Agile has crossed into the mainstream was at the forefront of many minds and features in several presentations. This year the focus was on existing in the mainstream with talks on using agile ...