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Building Airplanes with Agile Scrum
Agile Scrum works great for building software projects. You have a deliverable product after each cycle where the development team focuses on delivering specific features without being sidetracked. But what happens if you apply this methodology to building airplanes ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2009 8:26 PM

CEDG Meeting
The Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild meeting went well. I discovered that the demonstrations run too long for a Code Camp, so I will need to shorten it for next weekend's SoCal Code Camp. Justin James offered a great tip: put all the code into a prewritten application. This will definitely speed things up, but I think there are a couple of mollifiable drawbacks. The first draw back is that some of the samples can't compile. This is either because I am demonstrating what can't be done (assign ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:16 PM

PDANUG Meeting
I gave my new presentation, "The Future of Managed Code," last at the Pee Dee Area .NET User Group in Florence, SC. There was a pretty decent turn out for the presentation, and it turned out everyone was a C# developer. This meant I was able to gloss over the new features in VB10 and talk more about new features in C# 4.0. Even glossing over the VB10 material, the presentation went over an hour, so I think I will need to streamline some of it to fit the Code Camp schedules. One problem I had was ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 1:02 PM

Parity Between Languages
The next versions of C# and VB will have improved parity between them. From the consultant perspective, this is important because one can't always choose which language to use. Although a seasoned C# developer can program in VB as well, it seems that gotchas appear and you have to refer to the documentation to figure out how do something that you wouldn't even need to think about in your primary language. The goal of the Visual Studio Managed Languages team is to maintain the character of each language ......

Posted On Saturday, January 10, 2009 6:47 PM

Kicking Off 2009 In Style
I opened my email this morning to discover that I received two awards. First of all, I was awarded 7th place in the Community Credit December 2008 contest. I wasn't able to log into Community Credit for months because my user name didn't appear to be working. However, last night I was determined to submit my points for the INETA Community Champion Program before the year ended, and that program links to the Community Credit program. I eventually figured out how to get my user name, then submitted ......

Posted On Thursday, January 1, 2009 1:17 PM

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