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  • Blog Post: Your guided tour of the Microsoft Solutions Development Centre

    When I decided to leave the patterns & practices team to move back to Australia, one of my big concerns was whether I would be able to work on teams with the quality and dedication I experienced on projects such as Enterprise Library. It turned out that my fears were unfounded, as I’ve found myself...
  • Blog Post: The Joy of Code Reviews

    As I mentioned in my recent post about how my team does agile , one of the core ingredients of our process is that nobody is allowed to check in without having gone through a code review and a test review. No other team that I’ve worked on previously has had such a rigorous process around code reviews...
  • Blog Post: How my team does agile

    As you know, I’m a big fan of agile software development. But what exactly does “agile” mean? If you ask a room full of software engineers that question, you’re sure to get as many different answers as there are people. I’m not going to try to tell you what agile is, or what it should be – but a lot...
  • Blog Post: What am I doing now anyway?

    Another Tech.Ed has come and gone, and I'm currently relaxing in the Qantas Club lounge at Auckland airport waiting for my flight home. As always, I had a great time attending both the Aussie and Kiwi events, and it was fun meeting so many new people as well as catching up with a multitude of people...
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