Just trying to make sense of things...

I'm on Twitter Now

Wednesday, 30 July 2008 10:58 by jordan.terrell

At first I resisted using Twitter, but I'm starting to like the concept.  The thing that probably turned my viewpoint was the ALT.NET Podcast on Continuous Improvement.  I've been telling people the same thing for a long time - good listen.

How does this podcast relate to me using Twitter?  Well, they talked about looking at alternative sources for information - including Twitter - not just following blogs.  So, I'm going to try this for a while.

I'm using Witty as my Twitter client of choice - I don't have a mobile approach figured out yet.

You can follow me, if you like...

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Where Can I Buy One of THESE Computers?

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 10:03 by jordan.terrell

Wow!  64 CPU cores and 2 Terabytes of memory!  I'll take two please...

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Room 2531 Building 41

Friday, 11 July 2008 11:06 by jordan.terrell

The room where C# was born.

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iSynaptic Commons - Release On Hold

Friday, 11 July 2008 09:23 by jordan.terrell

Back in April I mentioned that I was close to releasing my iSynaptic Commons framework - I've changed my mind on how soon I'm going to release it.  I've noticed a trend in short-changing my personal projects from certain quality practices that I am very strict about in my professional projects - practices such as unit tests with high code coverage, using a build server, well factored build scripts that compile, package, and publish builds, an active versioning policy,  code generation support (more on this later), etcetera.

The iSynaptic Commons framework represents my first public open source project envisioned and implemented by me.  As a result, I've become quite conscious of the missing quality practices mentioned above.  This in part of the reason why I chose to upgrade some software I've been using - I'm going to try to get strict about following all the best known practices with all of my iSynaptic projects, starting with the Commons framework.  I intend to get a build server up and running, and implementing all of these practices.

Towards that end, I want to communicate the inception of two other frameworks (extensions to the Commons framework):

    • iSynaptic.SolutionBuild - This will be a suite of reusable MSBuild scripts and tasks, aimed towards having a componentized build system where you can pick and choose build functionality

    • iSynaptic.Modeling - A set of class models, a XAML-like parser, and code generation templates for common infrastructure layers (e.g. db schema/data access, domain modeling, etcetera

    The Commons framework will be dependent on the SolutionBuild framework.  This will not unduly postpone the Commons framework, but should present a higher quality release.

    Thanks for your patience, and hopefully I can get a first release out soon...

    Upgrades, Upgrades,Upgrades...

    Friday, 11 July 2008 08:41 by jordan.terrell

    Yesterday I spent some time updating software that I use frequently:

    I was a bit trepidatious about upgrading all of this software, however, all things considered it was all painless.  The first three products come with a XCOPY deployment model, and if you follow the directions it's no problem to upgrade everything this way.

    I was very impressed...

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