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  • Moving to Kanban, Did Scrum Fail?

    Several months ago our software team decided to dive into the Scrum process. What we were doing before that simply wasn't working. The project had unstable delivery dates and we knew something needed to change. Fast forward about four months and we're...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-06-2009
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  • YouTrackSharp: A .NET Client for YouTrack

    On and off I’ve been working on a .NET library that is a wrapper around YouTrack ReST API’s. If you’re not familiar with YouTrack , it’s our Web-Based Issue Management system, which is currently at version 3 and recently we announced...
    Posted to Hadi Hariri by Hadi Hariri on 06-26-2011
  • What to Make of Intel Buying McAfee

    James Senior posted on his Twitter account : “oh dear lord no. why intel, why? http://ow.ly/2s2dm reminds me of when Intel got into the hosting business. http://ow.ly/2s2fT ” James is referencing an article posted by the BBC on the recent news of Intel...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-19-2010
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  • Zero Defects In Software, Setting a Higher Bar

    Several months ago I published a letter to upper management about improving software processes .  In that post I laid out what our team needed to do to be more effective at our jobs. Since that letter nearly five months ago, I have been promoted...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-26-2009
  • Scrum - A Not-so-bad Development Methodology

    When I first graduated from college I worked on embedded systems where the process was a formal, military grade process.  When developing software I typically thought about what document I had to write next and what document(s) I may be missing. ...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-18-2008
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  • Where Do You Want to Be In a Year?

    This time of year is a time of resolutions and there certainly have been blog posts sprouting up about 2010 and what people are going to change about themselves. I’m however going to approach it differently… Habit #2 of the The 7 Habits of...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 12-31-2009
  • Git…Command-line or GUI?

    A short quick post to get some feedback from you, the reader. I’m working to learn and transition to Git (using Jason Meridth’s great series on Git ).  Up to this point I’ve been using the command-line only, working to learn Git on the command-line...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 10-07-2009
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  • Dynamic objects and ReSharper

    As you might have heard by now, C# 4.0 (or is it just 4?…) comes with a new keyword: dynamic . This means that you could do something like the following: Simply put, ExpandoObject is a class that allows you to add and remove members at runtime...
    Posted to Hadi Hariri by Hadi Hariri on 11-24-2009
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  • var improves readability

      Countless times I’ve heard the argument that you should use the var keyword with caution, that it decreases readability of your code, or how it can be misused . The example given in the linked post is: var Data = GetData();   According to...
    Posted to Hadi Hariri by Hadi Hariri on 11-20-2009
  • Test Your Windsor Container Configuration

    We use Windsor as our IoC container. Currently we use xml as the method by which components are registered. Having done both, I prefer the xml mapping to code registration because I can change something in the app on the fly if I need to. I know some...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-27-2008
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  • Mass Transit - Part 1 of N

    This post is the first in a series of posts I plan to do about MassTransit , an open source messaging system written by Dru Sellers ( blog ) and Chris Patterson .  I plan on blogging my observations as I explore both the implementation and the source...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 10-13-2008
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  • Improving Software Process - A Letter to Upper Management

    The following is an email I wrote to the upper management in our company when asked about things we can do to improve the process and what are the next steps of things we need to fix in our application.  It remains mostly unedited and contains my...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 03-05-2009
  • Getting your OSS binaries with Horn

    Recently Billy McCafferty wrote a post on Horn, a package manager that Paul Cowan and Dave the Ninja have developed, similar to the idea of Ruby’s Gem. Although it’s a step in the right direction, it does have issues. To be able to use it...
    Posted to Hadi Hariri by Hadi Hariri on 11-23-2009
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  • Confessions of a First Time Manager

    Many months ago I wrote a letter to upper management about principles of software development and the ways in which should build software.  Since that time my role has changed within the company and for the first time in my career I’m managing a...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 12-12-2009
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  • Profiling Apps 1 of N: The MVC ActionLink

    I’m starting a new series of blogs posts on profiling, where we’ll try and cover common bottlenecks and how to identify them in your applications. However, before delving deeper into the subject, let me make a small but important observation...
    Posted to Hadi Hariri by Hadi Hariri on 03-09-2010
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