Monthly Archives: May 2009

Meaning of life

Wolfram Alpha knows all: From OMG to OMFSM, we now move to OMWA.

Posted in Misc | 1 Comment

PTOM: Black-box analysis of legacy applications

It seems like such a great situation, you’ve been tasked with replacing an old legacy system with a shiny new Web 3.0 AJAX-ified replacement.  It’s your chance for the limelight as the knight in shining armor to come charging in … Continue reading 

Posted in LegacyCode | 5 Comments

Subverting TDD as a design tool

So TypeMock can now mock DateTime.Now.  Replacing the functionality of DateTime.Now, which is an external dependency, was one of the first issues that taught me the value of TDD.  With TypeMock replacing DateTime.Now, I get all the benefits of unit … Continue reading 

Posted in TDD | 14 Comments

Podcast on AutoMapper live

A couple of weeks ago, Craig at Polymorphic Podcast was kind, and patient enough to listen to me ramble for about an hour or so on AutoMapper.  We talked about quite a few topics concerning object-to-object mapping and AutoMapper, including: … Continue reading 

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Beyond top-down design

Here at Los Techies, we talk a lot about SOLID principles and design.  Two of the principles that have always resonated with me are the Single Responsibility Principle and the Dependency Inversion Principle.  With the two together, the need for … Continue reading 

Posted in Design | 9 Comments

Project-wide controller survey through reflection

I often lose track of all of the different controllers in our system, especially if I’m trying to see what existing conventions we have in place for the design of actions.  To get around this, I use a simple LINQ … Continue reading 

Posted in ASPNETMVC, LINQ | 7 Comments

Essential tools for web developers

Firefox Firebug Because today I needed a real tool to debug JavaScript. After I spent waaaaay too much time trying to use “window.alert”.

Posted in Tools | 19 Comments

Success and statistics

The 2009 CHAOS Summary has some interesting numbers: This year’s results show a marked decrease in project success rates, with 32% of all projects succeeding which are delivered on time, on budget, with required features and functions Wow, terrible numbers.  … Continue reading 

Posted in Agile | 1 Comment

AutoMapper and IoC

Since we’re a big user of IoC containers, namely StructureMap (which was obviously a big inspiration in the design of the configuration), I tried to make AutoMapper IoC-friendly out of the box.  It wasn’t friendly at first, Jeffrey Palermo had … Continue reading 

Posted in AutoMapper | 21 Comments

A testing survey on a large project

Awhile back, I found that a mature team doesn’t celebrate test number milestones any more.  I just threw out some numbers of our tests, which have grown since then: 2591 unit tests 681 integration tests 280 UI/acceptance/regression tests Over the … Continue reading 

Posted in Testing | 5 Comments