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  • Blog Post: The CodePlex Team and the patterns & practices Summit

    The CodePlex team will be well represented again at the patterns & practices Summit in Redmond, WA - November 5-9, 2007 . We will be presenting or co-presenting the following sessions: "Yet Another Talk on Agility" - Brad Wilson and Peter Provost Dependency Injection Frameworks - Brad Wilson...
  • Blog Post: Why you should not use Setup and Teardown in NUnit

    I just posted my thoughts about Setup and Teardown at my new blog home. Click here .
  • Blog Post: Moving Day

    I have decided for a number of reasons to move my blog to a new address. The new address is http://jamesnewkirk.typepad.com . For a few posts I will be cross-posting but about a month from now I will be at the new address exclusively. Please join me at my new blog home.
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2007

    I will be at TechEd next week. I am helping out my co-author Will Stott at a Chalk-Talk Session on Monday, June 4 at 4:45p. The session is titled, "Microsoft Visual Studio Team System for Agile Teams". In addition to this I will be at the "Open Source Software in Enterprise Development" panel discussion...
  • Blog Post: Teamprise and CodePlex

    When we launched CodePlex last June we thought there might be an issue with some projects that had contributors who did not work on Windows. This was confirmed when we heard feedback loud and clear saying I cannot put my project on CodePlex because the only client that you have for Source Control is...
  • Blog Post: How to make sense of Code Coverage metrics

    (co-authored with Brad Wilson ) Even since the release of Visual Studio Team System 2005 with easy to use code coverage tools, people inside (and outside) of Microsoft have been talking about what it means. The most common approach we've seen is for a team leader to mandate a minimum code coverage number...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Deployment - February 20, 2007

    We deployed a new version of the CodePlex software this past Tuesday. I wanted to give you a break down of the features and issues that we deployed, as well as give you a preview of some changes to the upcoming release pages that we are currently working on for the deployment on March 13th. As I mentioned...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Deployment - January 30, 2007

    We deployed a new version of CodePlex last week on Tuesday, January 30th. Some of the features/issues that we deployed include the following: Forums/Discussions (56 votes) - The theme ( more on this in a separate blog post...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex is Hiring

    Would you like to work on the CodePlex project? Now is your chance to participate in the further development of the website. The CodePlex team has an open web developer position. For details click here .
  • Blog Post: My Car was in for Patching (I mean service)

    I was having a problem with my car last week and I took it into the dealership because it is still under warranty. The problem I was having was the radio worked intermittently. I figured that there was something wrong with the radio. Wrong! I received a call from the dealership at the end of the first...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Deployment

    I have been remiss in my posting with regard to the last CodePlex deployment. We deployed a new version of CodePlex on September 26th. Click here to see the details. There are a few things which I would like to highlight about the deployment. Wiki Changes - We revamped the Wiki rendering engine...
  • Blog Post: Pondering TDD in Microsoft .NET, Second Edition

    I have been getting asked quite a bit lately about updating the Test-Driven Development book. A number of things have changed since the book was published. Among them is .NET 2.0 has shipped, Visual Studio Team System has an integrated unit testing tool, and most important of all there has been a great...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Team Interview is now live on Channel 9

    The team interview went live today. You can find it at http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=226791 Let me know your thoughts.
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Discussions at TechEd Boston

    I will be attending TechEd in Boston in June. If you have questions about CodePlex ( http://codeplex.com ) or ideas on what we need to do to improve I would like to talk with you. As it gets closer I will be setting up some specific times and a place but please feel free to contact me. I look forward...
  • Blog Post: ARC 206 - Evolving to Patterns at TechEd

    I will be in Boston for TechEd in June to present a talk about design patterns and (IMO) how best to use them in your everyday development. In the past I have found design patterns talks less than inspiring. They tend to be just a presentation of a catalog. The approach that I take this time is to talk...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex – New Project Creation

    Since we went live 2 weeks ago we have received over 100 new project creation requests. The vast majority of these requests are really great projects and we would be thrilled to host the projects. However, we are still in beta and I would ask for your patience during this period. Here is the text from...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex.com Beta

    Over 13 months ago (April 4, 2005 in fact) I posted something on my blog that I was leaving the patterns & practices team. Since that time we assembled a team of people and in turn built a community site for developers to innovate and participate in collaborative development projects. The web-site...
  • Blog Post: New Job Opening in Community/Collaborative Development

    Do you want to work on an Agile development team at Microsoft? Here's your chance. We are currently looking for a software development engineer to work on the premier collaborative software development platform for the .NET developer community. You will be helping us build a suite of on-line services...
  • Blog Post: PDC05 Sessions

    I will be in Los Angeles next week (September 13-16, 2005). On Wednesday (September 14) and Thursday (September 15) I will be in the Product Pavilion at the GotDotNet station. I don't have specific times in which I will be there but if you let me know a time I will be sure to be there. If you get...
  • Blog Post: The Devil in the White City

    For awhile I have wanted to read the book " The Devil in the White City " by Erik Larson. I finally got a chance to read the book yesterday. The book details the work in bringing the Worlds Columbian Exposition to Chicago in 1893 juxtaposed with the grim story of serial killer H.H. Holmes. Having spent...
  • Blog Post: Movies

    From Brad Wilson (The .NET Guy) Italicize the ones you've seen and Bold the ones you actually liked. I was surprised by how many of these I had seen. I had to go to #42 "Rush Hour 2" before I missed one and I only missed 6 out of the 100. I guess it figures, I'm old and I like to watch movies. . 1...
  • Blog Post: NUnit Tests and Visual Studio 2005 Team System

    In addition to GotDotNet workspaces V2 I have been busy on the testing front. A number of customers have started looking at the new testing tool in Visual Studio 2005 Team System. One of the first questions that comes to mind is what am I going to do with the tests I’ve written in NUnit. Well, I have...
  • Blog Post: TechEd

    I will be in Orlando next week (June 6-10, 2005). I have been working on a number of things, blogging not being one of them, but I am sure given my lack of posts you already know this. I would like to discuss with you what features you would like to see in the next version of the GotDotNet workspaces...
  • Blog Post: Change is good

    As some of you may already know, I have decided to leave the patterns & practices team. I have been working with the team as a consultant and as an employee for 2 1/2 years. I have enjoyed my tenure with the group. I was able to work with great people like David Trowbridge, Ward Cunningham, and my...
  • Blog Post: Attending Game 4 of the Baseball World Series

    I just got home from a whirlwind trip to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. A good friend of mine (thanks Brian) had an extra ticket and asked if I wanted to attend. I jumped at the chance because I have been a St. Louis Cardinal fan all of my life. I can categorize...
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