Archives - February 2009

3 days until Party with Palermo. RSVP now. Guests welcome

At PDC, 500 people showed up, but only 350 had RSVPd. I have the entire upstairs of Jillian's this time, so we will have plenty of room, but please RSVP so I have a good count. Guests/spouses are welcome. Remember to bring your business card. Party with Palermo: Alt.Net/MVP Summit 2009 Edition March...

25% Clearance Sale on AgileBootCamp on 3/11/2009

Call the office at (877) 459-2260 to get your 50% discount on the March 11th class of Headspring's Agile Boot Camp part 1. Matt Hinze teaches part 1 , and I teach part 2 . If you read this blog and will be at Alt.Net Seattle , pull me aside and ask me about it....

NHibernate users mailing list going strong - Almost 10,000 posts and 1322 members

Since March of 2008, the "nhusers" google group mailing list has been going strong full of discussion by NHibernate users. Merely searching the archives provides a wealth of information on solutions to various challenges. If you have an NHibernate question, come visit the list and ask it. Also, hang...

CodeCampServer Logo & CSS Skin Contest - winner picked on March 30th

The Code Camp Server ( www.CodeCampServer.org ) project is holding a Logo & Skin Contest. We are looking for submissions for a logo to represent the project and a CSS skin to be the default for the project. What will you get for all of your hard work? · Recognition on the project website. · A copy...

MvcContrib Logo Contest - winner picked on March 30th

The MvcContib ( www.MvcContrib.org ) project is holding a logo contest. We are looking for submissions for a logo to represent the project. What will you get for all of your hard work? · Recognition on the project website. · A copy of Manning's ASP.NET MVC in Action book. · A FREE registration to Headspring...

Mvc Contrib – Version 1.0 preparation / project restructuring

The following message has been posted to the MvcContrib discuss list . Please join the thread with feedback. As we get close to the release of the Asp.Net mvc framework it is time to take a look at what the contrib project has grown into organically and match that up with what we want to get out of the...

Party with Palermo Alt.Net/MVP Summit 2009 Edition is 9 days away!

RSVP while it's hot! http://mvpsummit2009.partywithpalermo.com/ March 1, 2009 - Seattle, WA - 7:00PM - 10:00PM Jillian's: http://www.jilliansbilliards.com/ 731 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 Ph: 206-223-0300 This will be the third time Party with Palermo has come to Seattle, and Jillian's has been...

Cropper now works on Vista x64 - new release posted today

Brian Scott made me a committer on the Cropper open source project, so I have committed a fix for Vista x64 and made an incremental release that contains this fix. With Cropper 1.9.1 , Cropper would run as a .Net Framework x64 application, but because some of the necessary libraries are Win32 libraries...

Software Consulting Customer's Bill of Rights

I enjoy working with a diverse set of customers in the software consulting business. Large, small, government, private, start-up, publicly-traded, etc. Working with this diverse set of customers has given me the opportunity to see different worldviews at work. Different sets of assumptions cause me to...

Slides and Video Available from User Group Talk on ASP.NET MVC

On Feb 18, 2009, I spoke at the Minnesota VSTS User Group . My PPT is available here , and a video of the 1.5 hour presentation will be available soon....

Rental Car Preferred Clubs And Mobile Internet

Today, on my trip to Minnesota to speak at the user group, I found myself with an Avis reservation but no car. There was a 1-hour wait for cars, even with a reservation. Preferred members were, however, instructed to get their cars at the Preferred desk. Cars were coming in at the same rate that new...

Visual Studio 2008 SP1 crashed on Vista x64

For the folks looking for an answer: I had something happen today that normally doesn't happen. I loaded a solution, and Visual Studio just closed. No error message, no dump. It just stopped. Gone. I tried many, many times, and it crashes silently when opening one particular solution. It works fine on...

Software Management Workshop - call for interest

We (Headspring) are starting to offer half-day workshops on various topics where we have expertise. One of the new workshops that has had tremendous registration is the Afternoon of ASP.NET MVC . The next workshop topic that I'm currently planning is a Software Management Workshop . This workshop would...

JetBrains RubyMine provides navigation and refactoring for Javascript

Working with JQuery in Visual Studio, we don't have all the nice navigation, refactoring, and immediate error visibility we have with C# and ReSharper . Today I installed RubyMine , a brand new IDE from JetBrains . I opened up a javascript file and was pleased to find that the ReSharper/ IntelliJ IDEA...

Join me tomorrow at the Minnesota VSTS User Group

Tomorrow is the day that I'll be speaking about ASP.NET MVC at the Minnesota VSTS User Group . Come join me at 5PM. I've been cleared by JetBrains to also give away a ReSharper license to one lucky winner....

New Agile Boot Camp Dates (March 11-13)

We have new dates for the Agile Boot Camp part 1 and part 2. If you are interested in raising your agile team's development to the next level, give us a call. You can sign up online or over the phone (or with a purchase order). Below is some of the information about just the part 1 class. And yes, we...

Gmail Offline Works Well

This week I enabled Gmail Offline . You have to install Gears, which not seems like Google's answer to Flash, Java, Silverlight, and the other mini-runtimes that need to leverage the client computer. When I have a slow (or no) connection, I can flip Gmail into "Flaky Connection Mode", and I can search...

In Defense of Uncle Bob and the SOLID Principles

Since blogs and podcasts are so searchable these days, I have no doubt that many novice programmers will find the material discounting the SOLID principles and the work of one of the founders of the Agile movement. Context: Original published audio program . First response by Robert Martin . Attempt...

Organizing Software Projects

Brendan Enrich has an interesting post on organizing the trunk of the source control for a system. Some of the principles include: Having all libraries with the source code Having a batch file for the build right at the top Sitting down and working immediately with the project. I like what I see. I think...

INETA talk on ASP.NET MVC at the Minnesota VSTS User Group Feb 18th

I'm giving my " TDD, DI, and SoC with ASP.NET MVC " talk at an INETA user group talk next Wednesday. If you are in Bloomington, MN on Feb 18th, stop by and say hi. http://vstsmn.net/ Date / Time: Wednesday, February 18 @ 5pm Topic: TDD, DI, and SoC with ASP.NET MVC Description: Spelled out, it is test...

Contact Me Directly. Don't Go Through Recruiters

Just a quick note for folks interested in some of the positions with Headspring Systems . I'm very picky about those I hire, and those who have the best luck with the interview process are those who already: Read my blog Are involved in some of the same open source projects I am Attend the same conferences...

An Afternoon of ASP.NET MVC (a free Headspring event)

With the imminent release of ASP.NET MVC, the industry is buzzing about this new way to write ASP.NET applications (not really new - i.e. MonoRail). Lots of folks are already intending to adopt this library when it is released, so Headspring Systems is sponsoring a free afternoon of ASP.NET MVC framework...