Primal Development Methodology

I am going to tell you something that will disturb you. You might laugh, but it will be a cold uncertain laugh that will haunt you as you read on, because somewhere deep down you’ll know it to be true. You might brush it off, get on with your day, yet sometime later, a week or a…

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The Blue Screen of Mort

It happened just the other day when I least expected it. No one would have expected it. Not me, not you, not your cousin, your grand-father or your grand-father’s cousin’s dog; no one. Because there was no warning, not even a hint, not a glint or glimmer of possibility. It didn’t even register. It couldn’t…

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Agile at Microsoft

Disclaimer: The following material is not advised for those who clicked on this link thinking it was something else. Do not operate heavy machinery or drink hot coffee while reading. Remain seated please; Permanecer sentados por favor. I wasn’t always a proponent of Agile development practices. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know…

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Titans of Transparency

There seems to be a lot of controversy over the degree or level of transparency shown by internet era corporations.  The discussion is over more than just the sound-bites of corporate big-wigs on top of the financial food-chain, it’s about the amount of communication in general from the troops at the bottom.  Since the technology…

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Earth Renamed ‘Hades’

Apparently Xena was not the only solar body renamed this week by the International Astronomical Union.  In an attempt to align all planet and dwarf planet names along the Greek pantheon theme, a group of rather overzealous and somewhat tipsy astronomers packed into the conference’s overflow area within the hotel’s cocktail lounge agreed unaminously last…

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LINQ Designer Receives Prestigious Award at PDC

In the wake and fanfare of the disclosure of the LINQ technology preview at the PDC 2005 in Los Angeles this last week, a member of the LINQ design team was presented with a prestigious award for outstanding achievement above and beyond his peers. Erik Meijer, most known for his antics as “Head in the Box”…

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N-Tier development with C# 4.0

Now that the PDC announcement has been made revealing sessions covering the new C# 3.0 features causing speculation to run rampant, I figured it was time to go ahead and start outlining features of the next product.  No reason to be stay focused on the past.  It’s time to move on and discover what lies ahead. …

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Outliers

It was there today, again, waiting, watching, sitting idly by while I worked.  Sinister.  I try to ignore it, hoping it will go away, but it doesn’t.  It just stays there, flittering away, doing what it does, day in day out.  It’s anoying.  I’d ask for an office without one, but I know what kind…

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No Cowboy Haiku For You

Everything always happens when I’m on vacation.  I can’t take a few weeks off to go snorkelling in the tropics without whidbey beta 2 sneaking out the door and into the eager hands of thousands of awaiting customers, end-users, pointy-haired managers and a flock of P2P traders that have seemingly confused the download as a pirate Doctor Who episode.  And then…

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Seeking Wayward

I thought I’d let you all know about the project I’ve been working on for the last few months that has unfortunately kept me away from what I like to do best.  It’s the eve of the MSN Search engine release and soon all the world will know what I’ve been up to.  Yes, the…

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