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Shout out: Lynn Langit

Friday, 14 November 2008 07:59 by jordan.terrell

An associate of mine and I were at the 2008 PDC, and we were talking very frivolously about different ways that we could “liberate” the Surface PCs that were littered all around the L.A. Convention Center.  We should have know better – Microsoft puts spies in with all the attendees. It’s really hard to spot them too – cause they're developers, just like us!  One of those spies intercepted our “liberation” plans - a Microsoft employee that goes by the name of Lynn Langit, or as many know her by her “spy handle” SoCalDevGal. Interestingly enough, she did seem to think it was cool that we were willing (not really) to go to such great lengths to obtain a Surface – so much so that she seemed to want to participate in our little operation, giving it an air of official Microsoft business as it were.  But I think this was a ploy to gain our confidence, and keep their precious Surface PCs safe.  Well, played Lynn – well played!

I wanted to give Lynn a little unsolicited plug – she’s working on a book now: Smart Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008.  Even at the PDC she was slaving away at the final touches.  I haven’t read her first book, but I’ll keep an eye out for when this when I’m at the book store.

Watch out at the next PDC, spies like Lynn are bound to be lurking around!

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A New Testing Framework

Friday, 7 November 2008 10:23 by jordan.terrell

A new friend of mine wants to collaborate on building a new .NET based testing framework.  I know, I know, there are plenty of testing frameworks out there.  Just to name a few: NUnit, MbUnit, xUnit.NET, nSpec, etc.  Each of these has their own strengths, weaknesses, and implicit/explicit testing methodologies associated with them.  So why would I bother saturating the market further with another testing framework?

I think I have a semi-unique idea.  I say “semi”, because the underlying design idea is applied in other technology areas, but it would be unique in its application to testing.  I think it’s has enough of a fundamental difference from all of the existing testing frameworks to justify building it.  A by-product of the design would mean that it would be mostly compatible with existing testing frameworks (and in fact I would try hard to maintain that quality, but not in all scenarios), but would also open up avenues for experimenting with new ways to represent tests.

So, the reason for this post (besides encouraging a barrage of people telling me not to put yet-another-testing-framework out there) – what do you think is missing from testing frameworks today that you would like to see in the future?

PDC 2008 Pre-Review

Friday, 7 November 2008 10:08 by jordan.terrell

I’ve come to the conclusion that I missed a great deal of good content while at the PDC this year.  I’ve read a number of blog posts about things I didn’t know were announced.  But I’m glad to say that I’m not the only one – an associate of mine that was at the PDC with me found it just as difficult to determine which sessions to go to based on the descriptions given in the master PDC schedule.

I’m going to spend some time reviewing the session videos – perhaps then my review of the PDC will be a little more up-beat comprehensive.

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PDC 2008 Sessions Online

Tuesday, 4 November 2008 09:55 by jordan.terrell

If you are interested in watching some of the sessions from the 2008 PDC, there are all online:

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Back from PDC 2008

Monday, 3 November 2008 05:49 by jordan.terrell

**** Update (11/04/2008 09:50 AM CT) ****

Between work, travel, and having family in town, I’m finding myself quite sleep deprived – not a good combination when you’re trying to get a blog post on the PDC out.  I hope to “reset” myself tonight and finish up my PDC blog post tomorrow evening.  Thanks for you patience!!!


Well, I’m glad I was able to go to PDC 2008.  I made many observations about some of the announcements at PDC – of which I’m preparing a lengthier blog post about, so stay tuned.

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