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Silverlight 4 Beta available now

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During the keynote of the second day of the PDC, Scott Guthrie announced the first beta of Silverlight 4. What we already knew for a while is becoming true: Silverlight will replace WPF for most line-of-business apps. The release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010. Checkout the announceme...

November 18, 2009

Between fun and work

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On Monday, we drove back from Las Vegas while doing a quick stop at another factory outlet mall and another stop at the local Frys electronics shop. Las Vegas was sunny but really cold (about 3 degrees Celsius) so we where happy to be back in LA and enjoy a nice 20 degrees. We left quite late in ...

November 17, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

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Since we were in LA anyway and they rented a convertible (particularly a Chrysler Sebring), Thomas and Ronald suggested to drive to Las Vegas on Sunday and return on Monday. So we went on a road trip to the City of Sin. It takes only 4,5 hours to drive there and there are plenty of Starbucks alon...

November 17, 2009

Arriving in LA, California

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Last Saturday, after a long 11-hour flight, I finally arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport. Fortunately, Lars Cornelissen, a German speaker which I met at the NRWConf 2009, was sitting next to me. So at least there was somebody to chat with and the flight was not utterly boring. Since...

November 17, 2009

Book Review: Art of Unit Testing

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Somehow this year has been one where I spend a lot time reading. Last week I finished Roy Osherove's The Art of Unit Testing, and I've almost finished reading Kent Beck's TDD by Example. After that, I'll jump right into Robert (Uncle Bob) Martin's Clean Code; A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsm...

September 29, 2009

A day and night at the NRW09 Conference in Germany

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About 1,5 year ago I first met Daniel Fisher when he and two colleagues from NewTelligence, a German consultancy firm, hosted a full-day session on advanced .NET 3.0. During the breaks, we ended up talking about software factories and stayed in contact through MSN and email. Since then, he star...

September 1, 2009

Defining a reference architecture for Silverlight LOBs

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Update October 2010: I’ve started a new in-depth series on my current Silverlight 4 Reference Architecture. Recently I've been catching up on Silverlight by reading Pro Silverlight 2 in C# and the many blogs and articles on Silverlight 3 and I'm seriously impressed. The reason for this sudden in...

July 29, 2009

NHibernate 2.1.0 GA with LINQ and Fluent

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NHibernate 2.1.0 GA has just been released on SourceForge, so I thought it useful to compile the latest versions of both Fluent NHibernate (revision 530) and the NHibernate.LINQ (revision 915) against this new build. You can download them in one package from here.

July 19, 2009

Book Review: Code Complete 2nd Edition

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A few months ago, me and colleague Jonne Kats had a discussion on whether or not to refactor a single- line non-intuitive expression in a properly named method. Just for the sake of the argument, I was against this particular instance, and he was in favor of many very small methods. I felt it was...

July 18, 2009

Slides and demo code for my TDD/SOLID talk at DevDays 2009

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Even though it was just a wildcard session (people had to vote for my proposal), the room had a capacity of only 50 people, and the DevDays organization forgot to list the wildcard sessions on the website, I was very happy to see that the room was more than full. Although I had quite a lot of con...

June 1, 2009