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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

List of influential VB’ers on Twitter
Antonio Chagoury, VB MVP, has constructed a list of Twitter accounts for VB MVPs, VB Team members, and others who are influential in the VB.NET community on his personal blog, CTO v2.0. This list has many great people who are not only talented in VB, but also who have great talents in many aspects of the .NET framework. I’m listed as a VB MVP, but if you don’t want the full list you can still check me out at However, I’d recommend checking out the rest of these guys too, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 4:04 PM

Isolator for Sharepoint, Sharepoint Unit testing!
Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here. The first 50 bloggers who blog this text in their blog and tell us about it, will get a Full Isolator license, Free. for rules and info click here ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:15 AM

MSDN / TechNet Key Importer for KeePass 2
If you have an MSDN account and, like me, systematically claim keys just as well as you systematically forget which keys you’ve used in which test environments! Well, in a meager attempt to help myself track my keys I created an importer for KeePass 2 that takes in the XML document that you can export from MSDN and TechNet. The source is available at UPDATE:GitHub has chosen to deprecate the downloads section for files. Right now, to download ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:54 AM

Anonymous Access and Sharepoint Web Services
A month or so ago I was working on a feature for a project that required a level of anonymity on the Sharepoint site in order to function. At the same time I was also working on another feature that required access to the Sharepoint search.asmx web service. I found out, the hard way, that the Sharepoint Web Services do not operate in an expected way while the IIS site is under anonymous access. Even though these web services expect requests with certain permissions (in theory) they never attempt ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:52 PM

Balsamiq Mockups – Quickly Make Informal, Approachable Designs
After reading Michael Neel’s article on about Balsamiq Mockups, I thought that the article must be insincere. Go ahead and check the article, itself even titled “You should be using Mockups”. Back yet? Well I’ll continue anyways… As I was saying, the article was too good to be true, and this Adobe Air application seemed to be too much of a dream. Well, needless to say, I decided to check the tool out, and I also flaunted my blog and MVP status to get a chance to test out Mockups for myself. ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:27 PM

Safari Books Online – A First Look
Buying books can get expensive. If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection surmounting that takes up more room than you should probably afford. So what are your options? You could use the library, but then you’re fairly limited in readings. Many of the classic timeless books will be around, but the latest and greatest will be a long time from hitting the shelf, if at all. You could do book trading, if you live in the heart of a thriving technical community. But, we don’t all have that sort of availability, ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:20 AM

Anyone for a virtual dojo?
I was thinking today and had a crazy idea about a virtual / completely online coding dojo. So follow me here for my “virtual tour” of what I’m thinking: Friday rolls around, and you’re excited. Tonight marks the release of the latest project in the Virtual F# Dojo. You check the VF#D blog and find out the latest project is KataBowling. A simple enough program to write, and you’ve been looking for a reason to explore the power of F#, so you dive in. Once you’ve got your example working, you check ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2009 9:14 AM

Head First Design Patterns – VB.NET code examples on CodePlex
For those of you looking to get started with design patterns but reluctant because of language barriers, I started a project on CodePlex for the Head First Design Patterns book. The original code examples are in Java, and they have been made available in C# and C++ as well, which are all available on the book’s online page, Currently the project is only Chapters 1-8, but pending the big game on Sunday I will be finished up sometime next week. This is one ......

Posted On Friday, January 30, 2009 10:24 AM

Passing the 070-536 Revisited
So, yesterday I passed the 070-536, and I wanted to revisit my list of helpful insights. I wanted to add a couple new insights to the mix in particular. Here are the additional insights, and these will probably remain steadfast for all .NET exams: Go in with a deep understanding of core operations. If something is often used or is referenced in the training kit, get a really good grip on it. Isolate the differences in each answer. Look at what could be wrong, and use your best judgment. Finally, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:27 AM

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