Why Blog?

For a number of months many people have been after to me write a blog. I have resisted because I did not want to be one of the people who started writing a blog with a lot of energy only to see it whither to a few posts a year. However over the past few weeks (and last week at TechEd especially) I was convinced that I needed to start writing a blog to talk about some of things that I have a great deal of passion around.

The things I will be discussing will include unit testing frameworks (I was the lead developer of NUnit 2.0), Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET, Microsoft’s patterns & practices (I am the Development Lead), and general software development topics. My focus initially will be to delve deeply into the capabilities of the Visual Studio Team System. I hope people will find these discussions useful. Please let me know if I am on track or if I need some course correction.

Comments (9)
  1. Joe says:


    I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s interested to hear more about Team System. And it will be especially interesting to hear it from someone involved in NUnit.

    What is going to happen to all our TestFixtures…

  2. Hi,

    great to see you writing a blog.

    By the way I like the TDD book you wrote but there is one area which interests that was not covered by the book. Testing rich client (winform) applications. If I hae used the MVC pattern to build my application then I can simply test the model and the winform itself will contain no logic that needs testing. However, finding information on the web of building winform application using the MVC pattern are scarce and Visual Studio itself does lead in you in direction of building n-tier applications, it is much more the Visual Basic metaphor of create form, click on button, write code. So what would your recommendation be for unit testing forms ?


    Martin Spedding

  3. Sam Gentile says:

    James Newkirk, lead developer of NUnit and new Microsoft employee is blogging! [via Robert] While we’re at, maybe I can ask him about NUnit for Whidbey. I (and we) only do our work in Whidbey so given my TDD nature, I immedietly went to do something about NUnit. Most of the code will recompile with Whidbey (some projects won’t) but I was unable to get the GUI to run. It throws some kind of general exception. I didn’t put too much more time into it but I may today as I need thia like yesterday. James, ideas?

    posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2004 9:31 AM

  4. Jeff Clark says:

    Welcome to the blogging world. I’m interested in seeing what you have to say. Happy posting!

  5. Sam Gentile says:

    I have the solution on my blog. It works by adjusting the .config file. There is still the matter of compiling the sourcs.

  6. Damn, there goes all the referal traffic I used to get when people Googled for your name! Seriously, good to see you in the blogging world.

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