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WTF Next? Dev ramblings from a master of nothing. August 2009 Entries
Adventures of a Lonely Agilist: Formal User Stories
Although not yet to the big project that I have coming up, I’ve had the opportunity to try out formal user stories for the first time for a project. Before this, I was using a method that mimicked Joel Spolsky’s painless functional specs. Most of this process I will maintain, except I’ve moved to the “As a (role) I want (something) so that (benefit).” user story format proposed by Mike Cohn in User Stories Applied. I find that using this format really does help me 1) write from the user perspective, ......

Posted On Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:59 AM

How necessary is CLS compliance?
The answer, as with so many other questions in the coding world, is that it depends. However, for the average developer CLS compliance is not a concern. For the specialized component or tool developer CLS compliance might be your bread and butter winner. For the average developer, CLS compliance is nothing more than bragging rights or an enforced rule at your organization. You probably only operate in one language provided graciously from MSFT and have little concern if your libraries will play nicely ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 19, 2009 11:46 AM

Automating SQL Server 2000 based database generation with OSQL in .NET
This week I had a need for NUnit based unit testing against a class that depended on a provided SqlConnection. Up to this point I had been able to mock external objects and their behavior based on interfaces, but with a SqlConnection I could not mock. There are some options for mocking the SqlConnection such as TypeMock, but I needed a realistic connection to test against. This also proved as a good method for building the expected DB interface. The solution that worked best for my environment (only ......

Posted On Friday, August 14, 2009 11:55 AM

Describing Dependency Inversion: Icing on the cake
Authors deserve more credit than they get. Coming up with a simple example to illustrate a principle is harder than it looks. Good authors have to do this all the time. They provide the examples that become anecdotal when describing the concept to a friend or colleague, and most of us, myself included, never take the time to think about the process. That was until today when I needed an example of Dependency Inversion to help explain the concept to a classmate. I must have thought up 10 or so bad ......

Posted On Monday, August 10, 2009 9:59 AM

Adventures of a Lonely Agilist: The Two Minute Pitch
So, I sat down with my supervisor the other day to discuss my schedule and talk about the upcoming project that I was hoping to use Agile practices on. I gave him the two minute rundown of the key components of what I was looking to do, touching on the sell points of what I would be doing. Keeping the stakeholder involved improves acceptance chances Results based on the stakeholder’s priorities Demo-able software of the results as they are finished My supervisor understands that projects don’t just ......

Posted On Thursday, August 6, 2009 8:28 AM

Adventures of a Lonely Agilist
As a result of working for a business instead of a small software shop, I often have to play all roles in a project. I am one of two developers, and we hardly do work on the same projects simultaneously. As a result, I can be seated as the project manager, the architect, the developer, the tester, QA, DBA, or any other role that is required. Sometimes it’s an intimidating position. I’m an army of one and sometimes the stakeholders outnumber me greatly. It’s a battle to ensure quality and that the ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:32 AM

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