Software Architecture on HanselMinutes

posted on 12/10/07 at 10:13:27 pm by Joel Ross

First, if you're a developer and you're not listening to HanselMinutes, you should be. Having said that, show #90 with Dan Appleman is applicable to anyone in the software industry - developer or not. It's about Software Architecture, but it's really… more »

Categories: Development, Podcasting


XML Comment Documentation Guide

posted on 12/09/07 at 08:44:32 pm by Joel Ross

I've seen quite a few posts about XML documentation guidelines, but this is by far the best I've seen thus far. It goes a step further than any I've seen - it specifically highlights what is supported by Visual Studio, NDoc, and Sandcastle, so you can ma… more »

Categories: Development, Software, C#


Being Mindful of Personal Growth

posted on 12/08/07 at 09:00:43 pm by Joel Ross

After posting about my lack of growing lately, I was checking my "To Blog" folder in FeedDemon, and I already had a post flagged to blog about from J.D. Meier. He's got a bulleted list of things to do to ensure you have a mind-set to grow, rath… more »

Categories: Consulting, Personal, Development


1,000 Lines Of Code

posted on 11/29/07 at 10:56:55 pm by Joel Ross

ScottW has an interesting new theory for prototyping: if you cannot build an interesting working version of an application in less than 1000 lines of code, you are likely over complicating things. I think he's actually talking about more than p… more »

Categories: Development, C#


Checking In Often

posted on 11/26/07 at 10:33:22 pm by Joel Ross

Dave Donaldson nails it again when he talks about checking in your changes as often as possible. I've seen people resist this because of a "that's not how I work" mentality, and when you work with Continuous Integration, that thought process do… more »

Categories: Development


Shortening Your URLs

posted on 11/20/07 at 01:05:46 pm by Joel Ross

No matter what you think of Dave Winer, he is definitely an innovator and is constantly coming up with great ideas. His latest is a gem as well. Every web app that produces long urls should provide a built-in url-shortening facility. The user interf… more »

Categories: Develomatic, Development, Software


A Book About Continuous Integration!

posted on 11/17/07 at 10:59:04 pm by Joel Ross

While I was at GLSEC last week, there was a booth set up from Addison Wesley, who publishes technical content. They were set up right outside the room I was presenting in, and sitting on the table was a book I hadn't seen yet: Continuous Integration: Imp… more »

Categories: Development


Is Your Software Really Checked In?

posted on 11/15/07 at 10:07:53 pm by Joel Ross

One of the things I stressed when I gave my CI talk last week was how important it is that when you set up your build process, that you make it self contained and under source control. One of my reasons was so that you can quickly get a build server up a… more »

Categories: Development


Can Patterns Be A Bad Thing?

posted on 11/14/07 at 12:35:25 am by Joel Ross

Anyone who's talked with me about software development will probably quickly realize that I am a big fan of design patterns. There's a a couple of reasons for that, mainly ease of communicating system design among developers and using proven techniques t… more »

Categories: Development


Sending Email In C# Through Gmail

posted on 11/12/07 at 10:33:55 pm by Joel Ross

I've recently written about how Tourney Logic has switched all of it's email over to Google Apps. Well, one side effect of that is that our applications had to be updated to send our email through the Google servers rather than the email servers we were… more »

Categories: Development, C#


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