Archive for July, 2009

“TODO: Refactor this…” Twice the Code Smell

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Today while reviewing some code* I came across the following: // TODO: Refactor this. Followed by a lot of code which clearly needed some love and attention. Why is this code smell? Well it’s undone work just for starters. Someone checked this in and called it ...

patterns & practices Summit 2009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Dates and an session schedule for this year’s patterns & practices Summit have been announced. The next patterns & practices Summit takes place October 12-16 in the Kodiak Room at the Microsoft Conference Center at Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, Washington. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers including Martin ...

BritSpeak #5: Inopportune

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The best way to describe "inopportune" is to think of one of those completely generic Hollywood action movies; "Die Hard", "Die Harder", "Die a Lot", "True Lies" or "Big Fibs" –they're all the same really. Arnie, Bruce, Sly… Yawn. The point is... at some point in the movie ...

Agile 2009

Monday, July 20th, 2009

In a somewhat unusual turn of events I’ve actually found the time to write my decks for Agile 2009 early this year. This never happens! I invariably arrive at the venue with a 90% complete deck and fill in the blanks as I talk to attendees. However, this ...

Agile in 500 words… and An Updated p&p Agile Showcase

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

About nine months ago we launched the patterns & practices Agile Showcase. Since then we’ve been slowly adding content. Yesterday we launched a new layout with additional content. A recommended books list, video browser and links to some useful tools. I was also asked to add an introduction. Which ...

Tom’s Hardware Compares Windows XP SP3 vs. Windows 7 RC on Netbooks

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Tom’s Hardware has a a reasonable article comparing performance if Windows 7 RC and Windows XP SP3 running on the Acer Aspire One D150. Windows 7 Versus XP: Which Belongs On Your Netbook? They conclude: At first glance, one might come away from our ...