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What kind of software architect are you? Strategist or tactician?

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If there's one term next to agile that's so overloaded nobody knows what to expect, then it must be architect. Yes, you can specialize it by prefixing it with software, as in software architect. And with that, you would be able to determine that he or she is probably designing some kind software ...

March 3, 2015

A beacon of light in the shadow of failing builds

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As long as I can remember, I've been using an automatic build system to regularly verify the quality of the code based I've been working on. First using Team Foundation Server, but since a year or so, Jetbrains' Team City. In my current project we use continuous integration builds for running the...

February 26, 2015

Fluent Assertions just a got a little bit better

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Just a quick post to let you all know that I’ve just published a new version of Fluent Assertions with a load of little improvements that will improve your life as a unit test developer a little bit. New features Added CompareEnumsAsString and CompareEnumsAsValue to the options taken byShouldBe...

February 19, 2015

Evolving your agile architecture without losing any people

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I’m a big fan of just-in-time architecture (a.k.a. agile architecture) because it prevents me from trying to predict the future which, frankly, I suck at. So, although I generally start out with a reference architecture, a lot of changes happen after that point, when the functional requirements g...

February 15, 2015

Continuous refactoring in its natural habitat

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So over the last three weeks or so, after the kids went to bed, I’ve been working on some new features for Fluent Assertions . While doing so I went off track several times in an attempt to improve several API’s and internal designs that didn’t felt quite right. Since this thought process is repr...

February 1, 2015

Slack? An even better cross-team collaboration tool?

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Two weeks ago, I talked about Flowdock, an online tool to aggregate multiple sources into a single environment where agile teams can work together. I also promised to look at an alternative service named Slack. When we introduced Flowdock, somewhere in November 2013, Slack was still in its very e...

January 26, 2015

You don’t know what you don’t know

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More or less since the start of my assignment at my current client, four years ago, we have had some form of a cross-team stand-up at 10:00 every day (often named Scrum-of-Scrums). But now that we have around 10 teams, we started to notice some issues lately. People joined too late or didn't even...

January 18, 2015

The curious case of a deadlock in Autofac

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It has been more than two years since we switched from Microsoft Unity to Autofac and we haven't regretted this a single day. Not only is the resolution performance much better than Unity, but it’s the feature set, in particular the relation types, that makes a world of difference. In terms of co...

January 14, 2015

How Flowdock helps you get better cross-team collaboration

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Is your inbox also filling up with loads of emails all part of some kind of discussion where each reply contains the entire history again? Do you also get all kinds of notification emails from build servers, source control systems, and other things to which somebody is supposed to react? Do you o...

January 11, 2015

The C# Coding Guidelines are now open-source!

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The ability for an organisation to request the original Microsoft Word files and adapt them for internal use has always been an important recommendation of the C# Coding Guidelines. Since I first published the PDFs on CodePlex in 2009, I have received numerous requests for that, but the process h...

August 15, 2014