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Monday, March 30, 2009

My DEV Events of this Week

Wednesday (April 1st) - Virtual Tech Days: Microsoft hosts 24 hours of LiveMeeting sessions about all that is tech. Right now I'm busy with the finishing touches of my presentation (11:00-12:00 GMT) - Read about it here.

You can browse the various sessions and sign up at The Virtual Tech Days Site.

 

Thursday-Friday (April 2nd-3rd) - Israel's 2nd ALT.NET Gathering (read about it here and here). I can't wait to join the sessions and talk to fellow .NET'ers from near vicinity. Should be a blast.

 

It's going to be a great week!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Test Reviews at ISerializable

It’s hard to start TDD and using Unit Test without a good mentor.  Although writing unit tests seems simple I know I learnt a lot by having my unit tests reviewed by a seasoned TDD’er. When such a person doesn’t exist at the place of work a developer need to extend his search in order to learn how to write better code and better tests.

Roy Osherove - a well known blogger and TDD practitioner has started to post test reviews of unit tests he found “in the wild”:

Test Review #1 – NerdDinner

Test Review #2 – ASP.NET MVC Unit Tests

Test Review #3 – Unity

 

I think that a software developer that write (or want to write) unit tests should see those screencasts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ReSharper 4.5 Beta

One of the reasons I heard not to use JetBrains ReSharper is its performance overhead. As a developer there is nothing more frustrating then having Visual Studio freeze and chock during coding.

JetBrains decided to address this problem and did some work recently released ReSharper 4.5 Beta version.

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If you never tried ReSharper or tried using it and stopped because you couldn't stand the "complimentary" Visual Studio slowdown - get it now.

Code Formatter for Windows Live Writer

When Writing a technical post I often need to post code snippets. For readability I want the code to have syntax highlighting and indentation,Since I've started blogging I've tried several Live Writer plugins but never found one that didn't mess the html or caused unexpected CSS to appear in the post.

Right now I'm using CopyToHtml Visual studio add-in for most of my posts.

Today I read about another Live Writer plugin (Thanks Roy) that should finally solve my code pasting issues:

Code Formatter (from Steve Dunn).

 

It can even create a bmp image of the code - very handy if you don't what to mess with HTML/CSS

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I can't wait to give it a try...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Microsoft Virtual Tech Days - Here I come!

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On the 1st of April Microsoft is having 24 hours of online sessions. During those 24 hours (starting 12:00 AM GMT) speakers from all over the world will host live online sessions in one of the following tracks:

  • Windows Development and Frameworks
  • Windows Mobile Development
  • Office and SharePoint Development
  • Developer Tools, Languages & Practices
  • Web Development & User Experience

One of these presenters is yours truly - I'll be online from 11:00 till 12:00 (GMT) speaking about TDD in a session titled: "Starting Test Driven Development with Mock Objects".

 

Wish me luck

Sunday, March 08, 2009

The cost of Test Driven Development

Last week I wrote a post on my company's blog about the cost of TDD (or more accurately how much money it saves). One of the reasons I wrote that post because it think that when discussing TDD the cost/benefit ratio never comes up.

Today I found that Andrew Woodward has wrote a review of my post on his blog. Where he called it "A short and to the point post".

As a blogger it's always nice to see that someone read my posts and found them helpful.

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