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  • Blog Post: Video "Framework Engineering: Architecting, Designing, and Developing Reusable Libraries" posted

    Krys got his very popular TechEd Europe session on framework engineering posted . Framework Engineering: Architecting, Designing, and Developing Reusable Libraries This session covers the main aspects of reusable library design: API design, architecture, and general framework engineering processes. Well...
  • Blog Post: Software Development Predictions for 2008

    Happy New Year! Not too long ago, I was asked for my predictions for the IT-Technology in 2008... You can find the full article here, but I thought I'd include my thoughts on my blog. Where's i-Technology Headed in 2008? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments 1. User Experience...
  • Blog Post: A couple Framework Design Tools...

    Good tools are essential to good engineering... Recently I ran across a couple of good tools that will help with Framework design and implementation. NDepends - is a tool that allows you to analyze your source code in order to get a grip on what is really going on so you can do large refractorings, reduce...
  • Blog Post: Hyperlink your source code

    I just noticed that Vance Morrison posted the source code to his latest project ( Hyperaddin for Visual Studio) on CodePlex. I have long thought that source code comments were not enough to explain what is really going on... often you need to refer the read to other methods or areas of the code. Well...
  • Blog Post: FxCop Honored with Chairman's Award for Engineering Excellence

    Every year, Microsoft honors a few innovations that have furthered the state of engineering excellence at Microsoft... Some years, Bill Gates selects one of the winners to honor with the special distinction of the chairman's award. I am told that Bill does this for truly noteworthy achievements that...
  • Blog Post: The Wisdom of Crowds: Rethinking consensus

    I am a HUGE believer in building consensus , but The Wisdom of Crowds is starting to make be rethink the approach a bit. I just finished reading, ok listening to the audio version on my bike ride into work, James Surowiecki's latest book. His point is that groups of people make good decisions on matters...
  • Blog Post: Good Response from AjaxWorld keynote

    We got some good feedback from my AjaxWorld keynote ... If you were there, I'd love to hear your feedback, thoughts... please comment here or drop me a line ... Microsoft Not a Cathedral; Open Source Not a Bazaar NEW YORK -- It's not every day that you see a Microsoft employee demonstrating...
  • Blog Post: NextGenUG PodCast

    It was my good luck to run into Dave McMahon and Richard Costall from NxtGenUG today at the MVP Summit here at Microsoft… We had such a great time chatting they wanted to do a quick little interview for their podcast… Show #30 - The One With The Maracas ... [ list ] You can catch me at about 25:40 We...
  • Blog Post: Structuring your project for team development

    J.D. Meier has a good post on best practices for structuring your projects (ASP.NET and client) for best productivity in a team environment with source control and the like. One of the biggest benefits here is that you can stop arguing about which way is right and just follow J.D.'s lead ;-) Structuring...
  • Blog Post: The Old New Thing: The book!

    I was thrilled to get a copy of The Old New Thing recently. You likely know that Raymond is one of the most popular bloggers on MSDN and his book does not disappoint. There is tons of interesting information on both how and why things work in windows. Raymond added some additional goodness, so it is...
  • Blog Post: New Job Title: Senior Simplicity Engineer

    I am running into some bumps with a couple of different software project I am involved with…. After mulling those over the break it occurs to me that they have the same root cause: complexity. As I think through the projects we have Program Managers, Development Managers, Development Lead, Software Architects...
  • Blog Post: Book: Elements of C# Style

    A few months ago I had the opportunity to review Elements of C# Style and I really enjoyed it. It is a concise little book, great for a quick reference on everything for C# syntax basics to designing an inheritance hierarchy. Last week I ran into Andy Grey (one of the authors) and he gave me a copy....
  • Blog Post: Design Guidelines and Patterns and Practices Summit

    I am looking forwarding to doing the keynote at the Pattern and Practices Summit today. I thought for a while about what to do… I have been into the Ajax thing recently and it is very cool, but ultimately I decided the real timeless information I had to share was going back to my roots in Framework design...
  • Blog Post: The What and the How

    I was talking recently with a coworker of mine about the “what” and the “how” of software projects. The “What” is the definition of the thing you are building. What customers should we go after? What markets should we serve? What competitors do we care about? What scenarios matter most? What feature...
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