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    Steve Ernst on serialization to XML

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    You my have heard about how everyone at Microsoft has an office. Well... that is true of Redmond, but in Fargo they have chosen to bring us closer together, to foster a tight knit community spirit, and to create the kind of team environment that only...
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    Ward Cunningham on Patterns and XP

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    Ward Cunningham recently did a great interview with TSS.Net . In the interview he talks at length on some great topics including XP, patterns, team development, communication, simplicity, testing, and feedback. If you haven't seen it already, it is definitely...
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    Extreme Programming Explained: 2nd edition

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    Recently I noticed that Kent Beck had released the 2nd edition of one of my favourite IT books (along with PEAA ). I wasn't sure how much of it was new or if the changes would be worthy of the purchase. My good friend, and agile guru, Steve Hayes is excited...
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    My New Obsession: The Humble Weather Report

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    Ever since I got to Fargo I have been fascinated by the weather. I have never lived in a place where I had anything more than an overnight frost, even in the dead of winter. I find it funny that even though it has snowed a couple of times already, everyone...
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    Jon Eaves: Infotainment

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    I love geek humor, and Jon Eaves spits it out on a daily basis. Check out his latest contribution to world of patterns; Bulimic Domain Model .
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    PDC 2005: Will you be there?

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    It is almost the end of another year. It has been a VERY eventful 12 months with changes in jobs and countries among other things. It was just over a year ago that I attended PDC 2003 [Edited] in LA, and it was quite a defining time for me. It'll be fun...
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    He emerges from his prolonged silence to say...

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    It snowed! I'm told that the snow has arrived super late this year, so I have been lucky to catch some excellent weather. I never would have guessed how hazardous a 9 minute commute (yes, door to door) could become. Black ice is something that must be...
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    Fargo, North Dakota: I have arrived!

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    I left Melbourne on the 10th and spent a week in Chicago and New York before arriving in Fargo on the 17th. The time in Chicago and New York was great. The buildings in Chicago were much bigger than I had anticipated and the subway in New York (I had...
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    MBF: Will we see you before 2007?

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    A recent article from eWeek has quoted Microsoft Developer Division Executive Soma Somasegar about timelines related to Longhorn . MBF got a mention as well: Somasegar also acknowledged that the MBF (Microsoft Business Framework), which is tied to WinFS...
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    Spring has arrived!

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    In the land down-under, it is springtime. The birds are chirping louder, the days are getting longer, and the sun is getting hotter. I even got sunburnt playing soccer on Sunday :). And for .Net developers Spring in another form has arrived in joyous...
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    MBF and WinFS: A view of the world I am entering

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    Tim Brookins is an Architect on the MBF team (and he is based in Fargo). When I got impatient waiting for a reply about the position in the MBF team , an email to Tim was the thing that sparked it all off ;). I just read a post from Tim (two days old...
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    A Big Change: I’m Joining Microsoft

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    I don’t have a firm start date or travel plan yet (I have my final visa interview on Friday), but I have accepted a position with Microsoft Business Solutions in Fargo, North Dakota to be a Program Manager (PM) in the Microsoft Business Framework (MBF...
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    Fun with Generics: BindingList and ReadOnlyCollection

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    Mitch Denny's post about List events and Bill McCarthy's subsequent answer pointing him to BindingList had me looking at some Generics Design Guidelines and there were two generic collection types that I really glad I found out about. Mitch's question...
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    MDNUG: DotNetNuke on the 28th of September

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    The next MDNUG (Melbourne Microsoft Developer Group) meeting will be on the 28th of September. Frank Arrigo just posted a good summary: Microsoft joins forces with local user groups and brings you the DotNetNuke Development Team ( Scott McCulloch and...
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    Longhorn: We have a date!

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    In case you haven't seen it yet, we have a date for Longhorn ! News.com's coverage even includes an interview with Bill Gates . As expected, the company on Friday announced a new road map for Longhorn, its revision to Windows XP. The changes--removing...
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    Mappoint: Do you know where you are?

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    I heard about the launch of an Australian MapPoint service a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn't played with it until now. I was just using the US MapPoint to pinpoint my friend, Kamil, in New York and I was amazed at its speed and ease of use. The zooming...
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    MDNUG: Melbourne MS Developer Group - Meeting Review - 24 August 2004

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    Last night we had the monthly MDNUG meeting at Microsoft's offices in Melbourne. Thank-you everyone for an excellent meeting. A special thank-you to Jill Martindale for hosting the meeting, Brett for his impromptu talk on TechEd 2004, Todd Mitchell for...
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    Dependency Injection: World changing concept or nothing special?

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    That was the question that I got asked about a month ago. My response was "something in the middle". I like Dependency Injection . It facilitates testing, it facilitates change, and it facilitates clean design. I have been thinking about container assisted...
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    What makes a good open-source project?

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    Ted Neward made an interesting post on TheServerSide.Net about .Net and open source: What makes a good open-source project? I posted a response and I thought I'd put it here so I could refer back to it later: Nice post. Those points make alot of sense...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 Available

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    After being announced last week, beta 1 of Visual Studio 2005 has just become available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads . If you have an MSDN Universal license, go get it now!
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    Presentation: Refactoring

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    Last week I gave a presentation at the Melbourne Microsoft Developer Group (MDNUG) on Refactoring with code examples in C# (.Net) and using Visual Studio 2005 for some live demonstrations. The slide deck for my Refactoring presentation is available...
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    Presentation: Agile .Net Development - Part 1 - Tools and Basics

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    Last night I gave a presentation at the Melbourne Agile Developer Group (MXPEG) about agile .Net development. The group has a higher proportion of Java developers, so I had volunteered to give a view of agile from a .Net perspective. I only got through...
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    OJB.Net and Generics

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    I posted a little while ago about trying to use reflection with generic types. I have been trying to use a generic list type within OJB.Net (an object relational mapper for .Net). I finished investigating this and thought I'd post a write-up about...
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    OJB.Net and Generics

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    OJB.Net and Generics The released versions of the .Net framework don’t support Generics. However, I am using the Visual Studio Community Technology Preview and have been attempting to use Generics with OJB.Net. In this post/article I’ll...
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    VSTS: Getting coded web tests to run

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    The coded web tests supported by the VSTS test tools really excite me. There are so many web test scenarios that I can now create very easily with a combination of recording and scripting. This will nicely complement the ASP.Net testing capabilities I...
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