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DevDays 2010 wildcard proposal: Is Entity Framework 4.0 ready for the real thing?

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Introduced in the 2009 edition, this year’s Microsoft Developer Days is again offering wildcard sessions to anyone who posted a proposal on their Facebook site. Obviously I posted a proposal as well, and partly thanks to the community and partly because there were only eight proposals, my proposa...

February 1, 2010

ALM Practices Part 2: Peer Reviews

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What is it? A formal review of all code and artifacts related to a requirement or task by another person than the original developer. Rework because of review comments must be revalidated afterwards. Why would you do that? Because the average developer introduces 10-50 bugs per 10...

February 1, 2010

Software Development Practices from the Real World; On Repeat

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On Saturday February 27th, the Dutch DotNED user group, Aviva Solutions and Oosterkamp Training & Consultancy will be hosting a full day session on software quality. The session will be mostly held by myself, but I will be accompanied by my colleagues Jonne Kats and Peter Hesseling. Unfortun...

January 19, 2010

Storyotypes in Visual Studio 2010

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Storyotypes are stereotypes for user stories that can help to define the right scope for your user stories. You can read more about these in the article Using Storyotypes to Split Bloated XP Stories and these slides. Team Foundation Server 2010 includes a new VSTS for Agile process template close...

January 8, 2010

ALM Development Practices Part 1: An Introduction

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As part of my many assignments, I’m compiling a bunch of Application Lifecycle Management practices into a set of development guidelines for bootstrapping our internal projects using Team Foundation Server. I’ve decided to share these with the community so that others may benefit from it as well....

January 4, 2010

The ups and downs of the final PDC 2009 day

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In addition to the WCF 4.0 session I blogged about earlier, I also attended some more sessions. The first one, Hybrid Cloud Computing with Azure and the Service Bus by Clemens Vasters was quite cool. One of the challenges that you may have if you move only a part of your system to an Azure server...

November 22, 2009

Routing and service discovery in WCF 4.0

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This year, the PDC 2009 lasts only four days (if you include the preconference day) so today I tried to attend as many sessions as possible. It's amazing to see how fast this week passed by. And I don't know how Microsoft does it, but this PDC has been full of novelties and amazing moments (and w...

November 19, 2009

Silverlight, Silverlight, Silverlight…and laptops

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On the second day of the PDC, Scott Guthrie announced the release of the first beta of Silverlight 4. Well, I've been expecting Silverlight to replace WPF as the first-choice for line-of-business apps for a long time, and I was right. The number of new features is overwhelming. Just look at this ...

November 19, 2009

TDD and BDD at the PDC 2009

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In addition to the usual hot-of-the-press content, the PDC organization also introduced a new way for attendees to contribute to the event. They call it a birds-of-a-feather session where attendees can propose a subject and host a discussion in one of the break-out rooms. Obviously, I filed a pro...

November 18, 2009

First day at the PDC 2009

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After waking up at 5:00 in the morning for the third night in a row, Tuesday was the first day of the PDC conference itself. As is common for any Microsoft conference, the first keynote is usually a bunch of marketing stuff, and this one was no different. Nevertheless, if you have watched it from...

November 18, 2009