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  • Blog Post: Software Architecture: Many ways for the beginner, only a few for the master

    Check out this video about Software Architecture, it is 28 minutes, but gives a good overview of what Software Architecture is all about.  The start up picture looks a little weird, but the video is good.   Or download the windows media file and then in Windows media right click on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Software Contracts, I don’t need no stinking contracts

    Seriously, isn’t it enough to just get the Try, Catch, Throw, then give up code in your project?  Nope, NOW you NEED software contracts.  Dino Esposito writes a tight article on Software Contracts, which I think will be used in my talks (after all I still strongly type my variables). ...
  • Blog Post: Entity Framework 4.1: Install,

    First, you have to install Visual Studio 2010 and then download the ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.1, you download the entity framework from: http://bit.ly/entityframework41 But I don’t want to load all of that junk on my system, well fine, here is a virtual hands on lab: http://bit.ly/entityframeworkvirtualhol...
  • Blog Post: SCRUM: Guidelines from the SCRUM org and short form from Microsoft

    If you are using SCRUM, likely you are using one of the excellent books out there to help with your understanding.  If you are getting started the link below is a good starting point: Links to SCRUM, less to more material: Brief briefing: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff731587.aspx Less...
  • Blog Post: When you develop projects you need to stick with it: NASA Gravity Probe B, 52 years in the making!

    Wow!  52 years to get this experiment to confirm the Theory of Relativity completed.  Wow! The Gravity Probe functioned using four ultra-precise gyroscopes using spheres machined to within 40 atoms of being perfect spheres.  It then pointed at a star named IM Pegasi, and then when the...
  • Blog Post: Free Power Tools for Team Foundation Server

    Apologies if you hit here looking for a free drill motor or saw, this is for Software Architects!  If you are doing software architecture and are using TFS, AND you haven’t hit this URL, you are definitely missing out. Download this set of power tools from: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft...
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