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  • Blog Post: ExpectedException considered harmful!

    I have written a blog post detailing the issues that I have with ExpectedException. Also, I am not just complaining, I have ported in a sense the Assert.Throws method that Brad and I wrote for xUnit.net to make it work in NUnit and the testing tool in Visual Studio Team System. You can read about it...
  • 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: NUnit Converter V1.1 - Moved from GotDotNet

    Due to the shutdown of GotDotNet I have moved the NUnit Converter V1.1 to here . Note: This is not a new version . If you have comments or questions please let me know.
  • Blog Post: xUnit Test Patterns and Better Software Development for Agile Teams

    These two books were recently published by Addison-Wesley. For a blog post on each book see the following on my new blog: xUnit Test Patterns by Gerard Meszaros Better Software Development for Agile Teams by Will Stott and James Newkirk If you have any questions please let me know. Will and...
  • 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

    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: 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: 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: NUnit Converter V0.5

    I have released V0.5. You can get it here . Due to the feedback I received from Scott Densmore this new version has support for files contained in folders within a project and a number of other bugs he and Brian Button found when converting the tests in Enterprise Library. The other feature that was...
  • Blog Post: Article: Unit Testing in .NET Projects

    From Peli's Blog... Unit Testing in .NET Projects by Jay Flowers and Andrew Stopford -- The article describes how to use features in NUnit, MbUnit, and Visual Studio's new integrated unit testing.
  • Blog Post: NUnit Converter V0.4

    I was talking with Scott Densmore and Brian Button who are busy converting the tests in Enterprise Library to use Visual Studio 2005 Team System and they mentioned that they would like to have the converter convert all the files that are contained in a project. The early versions worked on single files...
  • Blog Post: NUnit Converter V0.3

    There is a new version (0.3) of the converter in the GotDotNet workspace. Click here to download. This version adds support for VB.NET and fixes a few bugs that I discovered as I did more extensive acceptance testing. I have done much more acceptance testing with C# conversion because I have a lot...
  • 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: MSDN Archictecture Webcast: Test-Driven Development in Visual Studio 2005 Team System

    MSDN Architecture will hold a Live Meeting Webcast on patterns & practices covering Test Driven Development. The Webcast will be held on July 15, 2004, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time (GMT-8, US & Canada). It will be led by Jim Newkirk, Development Lead at Microsoft Corporation and co...
  • Blog Post: Test-Driven Development with Visual Studio 2005 Team System

    Last week I gave this 90 minute presentation at the Agile Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have uploaded the slides for this presentation to the Test-Driven Development workspace.
  • Blog Post: Quick & Dirty Compatibility

    You say this new unit testing tool in VS Team System is something that you want to use but you have a large number of existing tests in NUnit. For some reason you don’t have a great desire to walk through and change all the attribute names. Well, based on a few responses to My first unit test in...
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