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Lane reversal arrives to small South Carolina town…
.NET

Brad Abrams has a bunch of links to streaming video presentations from Mix. Cool stuff by Andres Hejisberg on LINQ, John Lam and John Hugunin on Ruby and DLR.

Udi Dahan has posted a little class which makes using worker thread a bit easier.
Agile

Tim Ottinger writes about Coercive Immediacy. You can ignore a web site/application (a la VersionOne) but you can’t ignore a cork board setup in the common room…

Who says a small town can’t have gridlock?

.NET

There is an IDE for PowerShell called PowerShell Analyzer. It looks quite yummy! I feel a download coming. (via The Daily Grind)

Scott Hanselman provides an interesting perspective on the significance of Silverlight for web application development.
Community

Somewhat off topic, but Tom Peter’s blog points to The Guardian’s list of greatest speeches of the 20th Century. Well worth a listen!

Testing

Jonathan Kohl has a great post on how to get started with Exploratory Testing. Worth a read.

When on an island, one broken bridge = traffic nightmare.  That’s why I’m posting early!
Agile

Jonathan Kohl has a great reflection on post-agilism. What if you like Agile, but don’t care for the dogmatic zealotry? Well worth a read.

In the same vein, Simon Baker points out that the Agile Manifesto might need to be revisited. After 6 years, could it benefit from a revision? Simon points out that a certain vehemence was present in the defense of the manifesto. More dogmatic zealotry?
Community

Udi Dahan spins a great tale of IT project management, user perception and job jeopardy…

Roy Osherove and Oren/Ayende are having a spirited discussion about Microsoft Team Foundation System vs. OSS tools.  It all started with Ayende saying he’s passionate about staying away from TFS. Roy pointed out while TFS source control is not the best, it provides a host of other benefits. Ayende: most of that is available with OSS tools, or not useful. Roy: Maintainability, Ease of Use, Learning Curve can be more significant that cost in an enterprise situation.  Ayende: TFS is just not my cup of tea…it kicks me out of the zone. Roy: goodness gracious man! Using VS.NET and Windows is guaranteed to kick you out of the zone!  This is like watching a tennis match!  But as Roy points out at the end of his last post, much merriment will flow at DevTeach!  I’m bummed I can’t be there!

I remember when I was 30…

Community

Embedded in Cork has a good post on the basics of Technical Interviews. Please, do mind the “Can I work with this person?” question…on both sides!

Joel is now writing guest editorials for Inc. Let’s have him take on Donal Trump:The Apprentice: vs. The Interns! Actually, it’s been done…It’s called Aardvark’d! And it’s a dang good movie too!

Joel also points out that VBA for the Mac is going away. The interesting part is his take on how Microsoft will suffer because of it’s unwillingness to remain backwards compatible.

The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks Worse Than Failure (OMGWTF) contest has been launched. Let’s elevate bad coding to an art form. Via The Daily Grind
Design

Adam Goucher points to the popular If Architects had to work like Web Designers article. While I sympathize and even feel the pain, the construction analogies are getting long in the tooth. I feel an article coming on…

Testing

Michael has a great post on figuring out what tests are worth automating. It Depends.

A day spent delivering training is a nice change of pace.

.NET

Don Wahlin has an good article on anonymous methods in C# (via The Daily Grind)

Mark Miller shows how to build a plug-in for CodeRush. Part 1 and Part 2. Really Cool stuff!
Agile

Simon Baker thinks that improving quality augments productivity. Sadly, I don’t see the industry embracing this view.

Community

Scott Hanselman blogs about his new Verizon Fios service…fiber optic to the house. Is that drool on my keyboard?

Rob has a great interview with Lutz Mueller, creator of newLISP. I find LISP as a scripting language to be fascinating. I might just have to check it out!

Marc Jacobs writes a bit about Boo! A .NET Language. Worth reading simply for his take on which actors are the embodiement of your favorite language: Harrison Ford as C++, a stalwart, serious and leathered?!
Design

Udi Dahan has a great series of posts on design. Domain Model Pattern, Object/Relational Mapping and Scalability, Lazy-Loading and Messaging, Dependency Injection and more. Definitely go take a peek!

Frederik Normen blogs about the Model View Presenter pattern and a possible TDD aproach to web design. First Post here, an update here.

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