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Separation of Concerns: Application Builds & Continuous Integration

I’ve always had an interest in application build processes. From the start of my career, I’ve generally been in the position of establishing the solution architecture for the projects I’ve participated in and this has usually involved establishing a baseline … Continue reading 

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Powerful Integration Testing

The Fixie test framework has been in production use for over a year now, and I’ve had a chance to work with it on a number of real world projects as well as a large project developed for training purposes. … Continue reading 


Implementing a CI/CD pipeline

Introduction In one of my previous posts I have talked about continuous deployment and continuous delivery and why it is important. In a series of posts I want to describe in detail the various patterns that are necessary to successfully implement … Continue reading 

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Set goals you can *do*

It’s New Year’s Resolution time, but this applies to Quarterly Objectives and other professional development goals, too. Set your goals around behaviors that are under your control. Sounds trivial, but it isn’t how most people write goals. “Lose weight” isn’t … Continue reading 

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long time listener first time caller

Man oh man!  I have been using windows for as long as I can remember.  And I have been professionally writing software in a windows world since I got out of the military.  I have heard several times that Linux … Continue reading 

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Build your own single function keyboard

I mentioned in my last post that it took months between the time I ordered my Infinity Ergodox keyboard and the time it arrived. In the meantime, I started reading up on it, and learned that the firmware could also … Continue reading 

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Survey of Entity Framework Unit of Work Patterns

Earlier this year I joined a development team which chose Entity Framework for the persistence needs of a new greenfield project. While I’ve worked on a few projects which used Entity Framework here and there over the years, the bulk … Continue reading 

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Speaking in Austin September 26th

I am very proud to say that I have been organizing a local tech conference – MeasureUP – that is on September 26th.  Among other things I will be there speaking on the topic of building production ready systems and … Continue reading 

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Continuous deployment

These days everybody wants to try new ideas as quickly as possible in the market. We want to see whether or not our customers like a new feature. If yes then we want to work on the feature and improve … Continue reading 

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Trust in Positive Intentions

The best career advice I ever got, from my friend and former manager Rich Vosburgh, is “Trust in positive intentions.” Following this advice makes my days calmer, my co-workers easier to collaborate with, and the number of times I look … Continue reading 

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