Thursday, July 28, 2005

C# FIT Basic Setup on XP Pro

As you know from a previous post, I have been reading Fit for Developing Software by Rick Mugridge. What a great tool for communication and clarification of requirements between the customer(s) and software developer(s).

I am now at the chapter introducing Fitnesse. The use of a wiki format for Fit tests is powerful to say the least. More on that going forward.

Anyway, I thought it best at least to detail the steps of the basic setup of .Net's Fit on Windows XP Pro. So here you go!

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Open exchange of ideas...NOT

Here is a great Dilbert cartoon that unfortunately describes the mentality of many, not just managers, in the exchange of ideas in the corporate environment. I think it is true that one can keep the subordinates or co-workers ignorant and powerless, but only for so long. Then, the brightest and best either dumb down, which harms the organization, or move on to other employers, which also hurts the company. In either case, the ones who win are the competitors.

I must say I am thankful this is not the case where I work! Thanks Sarah and Reed!!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Just got my copy of Fit for Developing Sofware!

I just got my copy of Fit for Developing Software by Rick Mugridge and Ward Cunningham! Stay tuned for musings from this book. I hope to be providing some of the book's code examples (which in are java in the book) in C#.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

IT Conversations - It’s a small world indeed

Each morning, at least on weekdays, I jog my usual neighborhood loop. To make this less tedious I usually have my Rio MP3 player piping music or a podcast into my head. The last few days here in Northern Kentucky we have felt the effects hurricane Dennis. Just days earlier I watched as the hurricane ripped through the pan handle of Florida. I find it fascinating that within our vast ecosystem one pressure or influence affects another. Anyway, on my run this morning, I noted the cloud cover from Dennis. At the same time I was listening to an MP3 that was found as the result of “googling” for technology podcasts. What I found from Google was IT Conversations. You often here in agile development circles of the emergence of "organic" applications due to environmental pressures. Here, at least in my view, is the emergence of a great service due to pressures of the need for thought provoking audio in the technology “ecosystem.”

The IT Conversations site is a free, donation based podcast site that deals with everything from software development to social trends and how technology affects these domains.

I highly recommend IT Conversations and encourage all to go there. If you agree, please donate to keep the informative and entertaining podcasts coming.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Configuring NUnit 2.2 to use Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2

I have been playing with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 lately. I do not have any Team System install on my test server yet. I was thinking how nice it would be to meanwhile, at least, have NUnit 2.2 working with VS.Net Beta 2.

Click here for the steps to make that happen.

I will be getting Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Beta 2 on my server shortly. Until then, it is nice having NUnit2.2 to use with just the plain Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 install.