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A new year with a new release of Fluent Assertions

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Christmas usually means a week off and a whole lot of free time between the social obligations and spending some quality time with my wife and daughter. That’s why I decided to get rid of some of the backlog items for the next version of Fluent Assertions. And I’m done, version 1.3.0 is a fact. N...

January 3, 2011

December Update of the Coding Guidelines for C# 3.0 and C# 4.0

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I finally found some time to update the coding guidelines with some feedback I received since it’s original release in June this year. I’ve removed the following guidelines because I found that they were either very exotic or not general enough for most developers: Avoid side-effects when...

December 23, 2010

A night of Silverlight, WPF, unit testing and Caliburn Micro

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Last Thursday, me and my employer Aviva Solutions hosted the December edition of the DotNED user group in Leiden. And yesterday a shared my Silverlight reference architecture on this year’s last SDN Event. I gave two talks that evening and one last night and wanted to share my slides and example ...

December 11, 2010

ReSharper versus CodeRush through the eyes of a keyboard addict

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I've been a very long-time and very happy user of ReSharper, and I’ve become very dependent of it. I wouldn't know what to do with a plain Visual Studio 2010 installation. However, I also heard many great things about the combination of DevExpress's CodeRush and their Refactor! Pro products. Appa...

November 29, 2010

The subtleties of Silverlight’s cross-browser compatibility

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Last week we put our first full-blown Silverlight 4 line-of-business application into production, and just yesterday, we’ve run into our first production issue. Consider the width specifications of the DataGrid columns in this XAML fragment: This XAML file was generated by Expression Blend and h...

November 16, 2010

More quotes from QCon

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Well, QCon 2010 is over, so it is time to travel back to the Netherlands and finally see my wife and daughter again. However, after the previous post, the quotes have been coming in on Twitter space. So, to complete one of the most intense conferences ever, here are some more funny, inspiring and...

November 6, 2010

Deliberate Discovery, No SQL and CQRS at QCon

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The 2nd day of QCon was not one where I chose wisely. My focus for this conference was everything Agile and anything from the well-known speakers. So I ignored most sessions that had words like REST, SQL or Java in it. How wrong I was…. But I did not discover that until I heard and read about all...

November 5, 2010

Pretotyping, Best Patterns and History Lessons

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The compression ratio of the content versus the timing available is quite high here at QCon. Already at the first official day, I attended 7 (!) talks. That's quite a lot of information to process. Unfortunately, the difference in quality is really noticeable. Some talks were absolutely awesome a...

November 4, 2010

Quotes from QCon

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One of the funny things of this QCon is the many tweets that the attendees have been throwing into the world wide web. That's great for a speaker because now they get immediate feedback on their performance, both good and bad. These are some of the quotes I found funny, inspiring or refreshing: ...

November 4, 2010

Agile Architecture according to Dan North

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Updated on March 3rd 2012 with a PDF of Dan North’s mind map On the first day of the QCon conference in San Francisco, I attended a full-day tutorial titled "Secrets of Agile Architecture" hosted by Dan North. I didn't really know what to expect, but I was hoping for some refreshingly new insight...

November 3, 2010