Book Review – Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise

For the entire month of January, I am doing the Daddy Day Care thing for our 4 month old twins.  Since I can’t really work during this time, I figured that it would be a good chance to catch up on some reading that I have been putting off. This book does a fantastic job…

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The Plethora Of Prodigal Patterns

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler” Albert Einstein With all of the software design patterns available to developers, I think that we sometimes lose focus of the pragmatic development approach: Write code that works. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that software patterns are a very valuable tool in the software…

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Are Software Developers Really Engineers?

A few co-workers and I lately have been having this conversation.  The following hypothetical argument illustrates the con of the argument: How can we be engineers if we can’t agree on what we’re building? Do engineers have conversations like this: Engineer 1: “It’s a bridge.” Engineer 2: “No, it’s a span.” Engineer 1: “Die, heretic!”…

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