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Kansas City Here We Come
I LOVE being a .NET User Group Member, but I was raised by a hippie mother who believed in activism. She believed in getting involved. I guess a bit of that rubbed off on me. I wanted to get more involved in the .NET community this year, and I am having a blast doing it. One thing still rubs me the wrong way about the .Net community and the IT industry in general: they don't consider Kansas City a player in the IT world. I've blogged about this before. I see conference after conference being held ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:16 AM

Test-Driven Development Talk Went Well
The Test-Driven Development talk I gave last night at the Kansas City Dot Net User Group meeting seemed to go really well. This was my first ever talk and it is something that I am very passionate about. There were definitely some technical glitches. I recorded my demos ahead of time using Cam Studio and that was good, but I didn't bump up my resolution so the people in the back could see the code. I will have to make sure to set the resolution higher next time. The turn out was stupendous. There ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:44 PM

Agile Boot Camp Rawked!
OK. I've had a few days to decompress. I am still beating on my deck for the TDD presentation tomorrow (actually tonight) for the .NET Users Group. So I have had some time to decompress and debrief my boss about what I am bringing back from the Agile .NET Boot Camp with Jeffrey Palermo in Austin, TX. Man! we actually covered a lot! Jeffrey did a great job of making it seem like not much, but when I got back and started telling my boss about it, there were just TONS of things to talk about. We talked ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:56 AM

Developer Versioning: Which Version are You?
I was thinking about the level of programming abilities lately, as we are starting to interview for an open position. I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice if programmers came in version numbers like software?" This would make it easy to say, I need a version 3 programmer with abilities in languages A, B and C. It's so difficult to say Mid-Level developer, because mid-level is so subjective. Mid between WHO? So here are my thoughts of what the versions for a web programmer might be: Alpha: Has read some ......

Posted On Sunday, June 22, 2008 11:29 PM

First Day in Austin.. In The Bag
Today was the first day of the Agile .NET Boot Camp in Austin, TX. The class is a blast. Jeffrey Palermo knows his schist. Today covered lots of stuff I have already worked with: TortoiseSVN, TDD, CCTray, etc. There were also some things that I had not worked with before, like Story Boards, and Team Estimation. Overall, it is just what they promised. We are working as a team in a way that a team might work in the real world. Today, we set up the Team Project, it’s a basic issue tracking system. It ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:44 PM

SlickEdit 2008 is pretty... well... slick.
The good folks at SlickEdit® hooked me up with a review copy of SlickEdit 2008 Professional, and I gotta tell ya I was pretty surprised. I didn't really know what to expect. I guess I just expected a less feature-rich Visual Studio, but that's definitely not what I found. First of all, I wouldn't consider SlickEdit to be a competitor to Visual Studio. It's more of a multi-purpose polyglot programmer's editor on steroids. First, on install, it asks about your editing environment emulation. This is ......

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2008 5:23 PM

Welcome to the new style

I've been thinking about trying to do some custom CSS to my blog for a while now, and with all the back end stuff I've been researching lately, this was a good mental break for me to pound on some CSS for a bit. I still have yet to style the galleries, but it's now 1:30am and I am heading to bedding.

Leave me a comment to tell me what you think of the new look! How does it look in your browser version. (I only checked it in IE7 and FF 2.)


Posted On Tuesday, June 10, 2008 1:32 AM

WTF Oriented Design
It's been over two weeks since my last post.. Life's been hectic... 'nuff said. As I've been researching different languages/methodologies/sof... one thing has begun to bubble up over and over again: do we NEED another Whatever Oriented Development/Design/Programm... thing? Let me just list a few of the ones I have encountered in the last month: Object Oriented Development (ok, I've been doing that for awhile, but thought I'd throw it on the list) Aspect Oriented Programming Service ......

Posted On Saturday, June 7, 2008 5:45 PM

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