James Newkirk's Blog

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    CodePlex Deployment

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    Last week on Wednesday we deployed Version 06.06.09.1588 of the CodePlex software. The version number as you could probably figure out represents the day of the week that we produced the build, in this case 9 June, 2006. After that date we did a full...
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    CodePlex Discussions at TechEd Boston

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    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...
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    ARC 206 - Evolving to Patterns at TechEd

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    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...
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    CodePlex – New Project Creation

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    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...
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    Will CodePlex replace GotDotNet Workspaces?

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    In the short-term, the answer is no. The CodePlex team is focused on making this site the best place for developers to collaborate on community projects, not eliminating GotDotNet Workspaces. GotDotNet Workspaces serves over 8000 projects and migrating...
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    CodePlex.com Beta

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    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...
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    New Job Opening in Community/Collaborative Development

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    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...
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    NUnit Converter V1.0 RC1

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    The first Release Candidate of the NUnit Converter has been uploaded to the GotDotNet workspace. It supports the following: NUnit 2.1 and 2.2 Visual Studio 2005 Team System - Released Version Developer Suite Team Suite Guidance Automation...
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    patterns & practices Summit - Sydney

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    The patterns & practices summit in Redmond is finishing up today. I did a talk yesterday for the first time which was titled "Evolving to Patterns". In the past I have found Design Patterns talks less than inspiring. They tend to be just a presentation...
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    Guidance Automation Toolkit Released

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    The December CTP of the Guidance Automation Toolkit has been released. This version works with Visual Studio 2005. You can download the latest here . I will be releasing a version of the NUnit Converter probably sometime tomorrow (Thursday - 15 December...
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    PDC05 Sessions

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    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...
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    The Devil in the White City

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    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...
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    JAOO, 2005

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    I have been to many conferences over the years. Lately I have been attending mostly Microsoft related events like TechEd and PDC. However, these conferences don't have a strong focus on software engineering and methods. The best conference that I know...
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    NUnit Converter V0.5

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    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...
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    Article: Unit Testing in .NET Projects

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    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.
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    Movies

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    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...
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    NUnit Converter V0.4

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    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...
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    NUnit Converter V0.3

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    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...
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    NUnit Converter V0.2 is on GotDotNet

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    I have posted an early version (0.2) of a conversion program. The program converts C# NUnit code into tests compatible with Visual Studio 2005 Team System. It is an early version - there is still much work to do. See the release notes for what is converted...
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    NUnit Tests and Visual Studio 2005 Team System

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    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...
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    TechEd

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    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...
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    Change is good

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    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...
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    Bookmarks - A major refactoring

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    In a previous post I wrote about changing the interface that the Bookmarks class would implement from IDictionary to ICollection<Bookmark>. In order to do this I want to look at the test list and see if there are any new tests or tests that we had...
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    patterns & practices - Enterprise Library and Pattern Share

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    It's been awhile but I have been pretty busy. I know both of these were delivered yesterday (28 January 2005) but I wanted to alert you to two new items from the patterns & practices team if you have not already heard. The first one is Enterprise...
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    Bookmark Collection: Rethinking the name and the interface

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    In the previous post I refactored the storage mechanism to store a label and a Bookmark object. This step along with the previous one makes me think that the name of the class, BookmarkCollection needs to be changed. At this point I think it should be...
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