Author Archives: Dave

About Dave

Agile consultant, loves to fly fish, and sometimes pretends its still the late 80's when hair metal bands roamed the earth.

Remember this guy?

Remember this guy? I loved playing Stratego when I was a kid. Moving those pieces around, trying to guess if a piece was a bomb or a general. Between this and Risk I killed a LOT of time growing up! … Continue reading

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ASP.NET Ajax Control Toolkit

I’m embarrassed to say, I hadn’t visited the AJAX control toolkit suite for a while… with the advent of MVC and the abolition of Postbacks/session state (or so I thought), I was putting all that stuff in my rear view … Continue reading

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Wrestling with CSS using Bootstrap – and adding Users and Role Authentication to an existing WebForms project

More wrestling going on here than with a WWE title fight, eh? The project I’m working on is starting to lean away from Bootstrap. It is a GREAT advantage to use this as a framework – especially in terms of … Continue reading

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Wrestling around with Web API and the first stumbles with the Repository pattern. And bootstrap theming.

  Not too long ago I was writing WCF data services using entity framework and OData (and feeling weird about how easy it was to create a REST service when your model is set). I thought I would fool around … Continue reading

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More love notes to Visual Studio and the Entity Framework – Scaffolding has come a long way!

  Been a hectic first two weeks on the job! Seven days in, we have agreement on our first set of entities – and have seeded it with data and some sprocs to generate manufacturing work orders and assembly history. … Continue reading

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Microsoft Is Awesome! … and visual studio 2013 publish is a GEM.

I have a great new gig! At Microsoft! I’m SUPER THRILLED and feel like I’m back in my wheelhouse – application development. Engineers are the salt of the earth! I had to share something neat with y’all. Of course, you’ve … Continue reading

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Retrospectives and Iteration Planning in two slides.

     

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ETL from hell – getting past denial

A great article here on diagnosing problems with batch system performance: https://www.simple-talk.com/sql/performance/the-etl-from-hell—diagnosing-batch-system-performance-issues/ Basically it goes like this – when there’s problems with batch processes overlapping or timing out, companies typically try the following: Can we ‘fix’ this with more hardware? … Continue reading

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Sprint Reviews That Work

The purpose of the sprint review is to show customers what it has accomplished over the sprint. Here’s some basic guidelines: It should be informal It should be short. For a two week sprint, 90 minutes – for 4-week sprints, … Continue reading

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What’s a “Code Dojo”?

Had a great presentation a few weeks ago at AgilePDX on ‘Scaling Practice: Rebooting the Technical Culture’ by Matt Plavcan at Intel. Matt Plavcan is a Technical Practices Coach with the Intel’s Emergent Systems and Coaching team, and is the … Continue reading

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