Birthday Clusters and Code Camps

Well today I turn old. 33 years old to be exact. A day after Hanselman turns really old. It seems I’m always following in that guy’s footsteps doesn’t it?

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Research Supports The Effectiveness of TDD

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In a recent post, Frans Bouma laments the lack of computer science or reference to research papers by agile pundits in various mailing lists (I bet this really applies to nearly all mailing lists, not just the ones he mentions).

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TDD Is Also An Organizational Process

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After joining Microsoft and drinking from the firehose a bit, I’m happy to report that I am still alive and well and now residing in the Seattle area along with my family. In meeting with various groups, I’ve been very excited by how much various teams here are embracing Test Driven Development (and its close cousin, TAD aka Test After Development). We’ve had great discussions in which we really looked at a design from a TDD perspective and discussed ways to make it more testable. Teams are also starting to really apply TDD in their development process as a team effort, and not just sporadic individuals.

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Collection Initializers

File this in my learn something new every day bucket. I received an email from Steve Maine after he read a blog post in which I discuss the anonymous object as dictionary trick that Eilon came up with.

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So Long L.A. And Thanks For All The Fish

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Reopen The Comment Door For Your Readers With Subkismet

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Six months ago and six days after the birth of my son, Subkismet was also born which I introduced as the cure for comment spam. The point of the project was to be a useful class library containing multiple spam fighting classes that could be easily integrated into a blog platform or any website that allows users to comment.

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Haacking 2007

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You’ve been forewarned, this is yet another end-of-year slightly self-inflating retrospective blog post (complete with the cheesy meta-blogging introduction).

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Faceoff! Haack vs Hanselman - It Gets Real

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Faceoff Recently, Maxfield Pool from CodeSqueeze sent me an email about a new monthly feature he calls Developer Faceoff in which he pits two developers side-by-side for a showdown.

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ASP.NET MVC Helpers For Repopulating A Form

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A common pattern when submitting a form in ASP.NET MVC is to post the form data to an action which performs some operation and then redirects to another action afterwards. The only problem is, the form data is not repopulated automatically after a redirect. Let’s look at remedying that, shall we?

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Testing Routes In ASP.NET MVC

The ASP.NET Routing engine used by ASP.NET MVC plays a very important role. Routes map incoming requests for URLs to a Controller and Action. They also are used to construct an URL to a Controller/Action. In this way, they provide a two-way mapping between URLs and controller actions.

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Interview with me on the ASP.NET Podcast Show

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Yesterday, Wally McClure interviewed me for the ASP.NET Podcast Show. We chatted for around half an hour on my background, Microsoft, and ASP.NET MVC.

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Thank You For Helping Me With My Job With ASP.NET MVC

I have a set of little demos apps I’ve been working on that I want to release to the public. I need to clean them up a bit (you’d be surprised how much I swear in comments) and make sure they work with the CTP. Hopefully I will publish them on my blog over the next few weeks.

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Composition over Inheritance and other Pithy Catch Phrases

Love them or hate them, the ALT.NET mailing list is a source of interesting debate, commentary and insight. I can’t help myself but to participate. Debate is good. Stifling debate is bad. Period. End of debate. (see!? That was bad!)

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ASP.NET MVC Design Philosophy

Eilon Lipton, the lead developer on the ASP.NET MVC project shares some of his thoughts on the design philosophy guiding the shaping of the framework.

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Using ASP.NET MVC With Visual Web Developer Express

UPDATE: ASP.NET MVC now works with Visual Web Developer Express SP1

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Writing Unit Tests For Controller Actions

UPDATE: Completely ignore the contents of this post. All of this is out-dated. Test specific subclasses are no longer necessary with ASP.NET MVC since our April CodePlex refresh

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Extending ASP.NET MVC To Add Conventions

UPDATE: Much of this post is out-of-date with the latest versions of MVC. We long sinced removed the ControllerAction attribute.

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TDD and Dependency Injection with ASP.NET MVC

One of the guiding principles in the design of the new ASP.NET MVC Framework is enabling TDD (Test Driven Development) when building a web application. If you want to follow along, this post makes use of ASP.NET MVC CodePlex Preview 4 which you’ll need to install from CodePlex. I’ll try and keep this post up to date with the latest releases, but it may take me time to get around to it.

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Test Specific Subclasses vs Partial Mocks

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Sometimes when writing unit tests, you run into the case where you want to override the behavior of a specific method.

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Was My Code Provability Post An Inspiration To Joel?

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Jersey Note that in the same vein as Pele, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, Joel has reach that Brazillian Soccer player level of stardom in the geek community and can pretty much go by just his first name. Admit it, you knew who I was referring to in the title. Admit it!

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