Archive for January, 2008

Book Review of Scrum and XP From the Trenches

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Scrum and XP from the trenches by Henrik Kniberg. I mentioned this book the other day as part of my post on books to read when choosing an agile process. I'm mentioning it again for two reasons; 1) it's a great read and 2) it's a really great read. See ...

Gotchas: Fusion Log Viewer, your best friend for assembly load errors

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Fusion is Microsoft's name for the technology that resolves and loads assemblies requested by your application. It turns out that the .NET framework comes with a little application that allows you to see what caused each assembly in your application to get loaded, how it was loaded (context) and where ...

Recession proofing your career

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Rumors of layoffs at Yahoo (now confirmed) have sparked a few notable posts on a recession and how to survive it. The Scobleizer started this with his Surviving the 2008 recession post back in December but today the WebWorker Daily started offering advice on 5 ways to recession proof your ...

Choosing an agile process – Part 6: Books and reading

Monday, January 21st, 2008

So hopefully you're not taking everything I say as the absolute truth. While that would be flattering it would also be foolish on your part. Here's a list of references to some of the reading material we've covered while looking at processes for p&p.

Early thoughts on EntLib 4.0

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Grigori Melnik, Product Planner for EntLib 4.0, has some interesting posts on his blog regarding their plans for the new version of EntLib and its dependency injection framework in particular. Technorati Tags: EntLib

Choosing an agile process – Part 5: Heroes and villains

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Processes are essentially sets of guidelines and/or rules. Any system of rules will generate a corresponding set of behaviors, some good some bad. If you tell the line manager at a nail factory that their bonus is based on the tonnage of nails their line produces then you might find ...

Choosing an agile process – Part 4: Offshore development

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

This isn't something covered in huge detail in many of the standard agile texts so I thought it was worth it's own topic. Patterns & practices teams are usually distributed in some way. This is something that we've been doing for a while and have come up with a few things ...

Interview with NDepend author Patrick Smacchia

Monday, January 14th, 2008

InfoQ has an interview with Patrick Smacchia, the author of NDepend. NDepend is the tool for figuring out what's ailing your codebase, where the technical debt lies. Patrick also has a blog which covers some interesting aspects of NDepend usage, like using it for dependency analysis and avoiding regressions when ...

Service Factory Dec 2006 release available again

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Several people on the CodePlex forum have asked for the previous release of the Service Factory from December 2006 to be made available again. Well here it is... Web Service Software Factory v2. Please read the release notes as this is a deprecated release which will not be updated.

A hundred days of continuous integration

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

A while back I did a lot of analysis using data from the Service Factory: Modeling Edition source code control and continuous integration (CI) servers. I analyzed the causes, impact and frequency of build breaks and the cost of using a lightweight check-in process over a more lengthy "complex check-ins ...