March 2007 - Posts

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Dolphins, Humans, and Digital Wristwatches by Bil Simser

Yeah, the titles are getting sillier and sillier but that's a direct result of being locked up in a room with John Bristowe for 3 hours consuming pizza, filtered Calgary water, and podcasts. James has taken over the all important but seldom overlooked...
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Groking Rhino Mocks by Bil Simser

If you've been in a cave for awhile, there's a uber-cool framework out there call Rhino Mocks. Mocks are tools that allow you to create mock implementations of custom objects, services, and even databases, to enable you to focus on testing what you're...
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Introducing... the Scrum Witch! by Bil Simser

My co-worker came by today and dropped off something at my desk. He calls it the Scrum Witch. Here she is: She's a crazy one alright (and loud). We've had some challenges getting everyone to follow the daily Scrums as side discussions start happening...
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The old age home for saved Groove account files by Bil Simser

I was digging Groove, Microsoft's acquisition from Ray Ozzie and co. before he joined the evil empire and now part of Office 2007, way back in 2005 when I got a copy of the latest version. I also took a copy of my license file (the .grv file) and as a...
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3 Team System Goodies by Bil Simser

Stumbled over 3 different goodies for Team System and CodePlex that will be very valuable to me. Hopefully these will be useful to you too. CodePlex Source Control Client This is a command line tool which allows users to work offline (in the "edit-merge...
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Returning Generic Lists from NHibernate by Bil Simser

This was an "aha" moment for me this morning as I was building a small spike project to figure out how we can incorporate NHibernate as our data access layer and still be a happy loosely coupled Smart Client. Beyond the fact that I have to create...
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Fixing Product Backlog items in Scrum for Team System by Bil Simser

For those of us who use Conchango's process guidance package for Visual Studio Team System, Scrum for Team System , life is good. Scrums are easy to track, burndown charts are cool to put up on the wall, and it's a breeze to see immediately where...
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Return of the Plumbers... finally by Bil Simser

Well, 3 of us anyways. Yes, after 4 months of delays and vacations and concealed lizards of many kinds we're back with episode 9 of Plumbers at Work , our .NET community podcast that I do with John Bristowe, James Kovacs, and Jean Paul Boodhoo. JP is...
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Adding a splash screen to a CAB application by Bil Simser

Been awhile since I blogged as I've been sort of out of it missing the MVP Summit and all. Here's a simple way to add a splash screen to your Composite UI Application Block (CAB) based applications. It's pretty simple to implement a splash...
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On being a "SharePoint" expert by Bil Simser

Recently Rocky had one of his many pearls of wisdom, that of the software development world becoming a specialization due to the complexity of the industry. Let me tell you that a) I agree with Rocky 100% (and more if anyone could agree more than 100...
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