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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Defining Development Experience

Friday morning, one of my colleagues asked, “What do you consider to be the difference between a junior, mid-level, and senior developer?”

Head over to Elegant Code to see my response.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Boise Code Camp 2010: Distributed Event-Driven Architecture Session Notes

I presented a session on event-driven architecture (with examples using NServiceBus) at Boise Code Camp yesterday.  I had a great turnout and great feedback. Thanks so much to those who attended! 

If you attended and have any feedback/constructive criticism, please leave a comment!

For those who missed the session – or for those who would like to see it again – you will get another opportunity. I will be presenting this session at NETDUG (in April, I believe).  I am also submitting the session to Portland Code Camp.

Session Assets

As promised, I have included, in an archive:

  • The slide deck
  • The solution as completed during the session (CodeProgression.BCC2010)

I have also included:

  • The solution with which we started (CodeProgression.BCC2010.Start)
  • A solution based on a MassTransit sample (from which I based the NServiceBus sample)

Notes about the solutions:

If you are planning on working the NServiceBus sample from scratch, don’t forget to add the NServiceBus.Host.exe as the startup program for each endpoint project.

For the MassTransit solution, you may need to update the references\masstransit\MassTransit.RuntimeServices.exe.config to point to your local database.



Here is also a list of resources I used while preparing for this session:





Monday, March 1, 2010

An Evolution of Test-Specification Styles – My Journey to MSpec

Over the last few years, the practice of Test-Driven Design and Behavior-Driven Design has increased in acceptance, even if its practice has not increased in equal proportion.  From my perspective, specification-based design is a natural way to develop software.  Each developer has a preferred framework, and a framework they loathe.

I have changed my style of testing over the years, using different frameworks.  My current favorite is MSpec.  Check out how my style has changed at