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Code to Interfaces. Right. What’s an Interface? by Bil Simser

The premise of coding to interfaces has been around for awhile now. The concept is simple. Given a definition of something you create things based on that definition. That might be a horrible description of an interface but I didn’t want to go all Computer...

How do you know she’s a witch? by Bil Simser

She looks like one! So begins one of my favourite skits in movie history, the witch scene from Monty Python and Holy Grail. The gist of it is: If she weighs the same as a duck then she’s made of wood and therefore… A witch! And what do we do with witches...

Transforming Tree Surgeon using the Adaptive Console Framework by Bil Simser

I'm a command line app junkie as I love working with it. I guess it's my DOS/Linux roots but I find things go faster when you're not dealing with a GUI and a mouse. Command line tools like NAnt and MSBuild have all sorts of options and syntax. Some of...

ALT.NET Canada - Day 3 - The Sharing Circle by Bil Simser

ALT.NET Canada wrapped up in the grand ballroom at the University Sunday afternoon. It was a great end to an awesome weekend. As with Open Spaces Technology there's a closing, and Doc introduced the Sharing Circle to everyone (some of Open Spaces Technology...
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ALT.NET Canada - Day 3 - Frameworks Fishbowl by Bil Simser

We had a lively discussion with everyone on day 3 around what frameworks you would use (Microsoft or otherwise) and how to decide. Some of the converstations get a little heated thanks to various individuals and the original fishbowl morphs as more chairs...
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ALT.NET Canada - Day 3 - Coupling and Decoupling your Applications by Bil Simser

Here we are at day 3 at ALT.NET Canada. This session was hosted by Donald Belcham and focused around discussing techniques and designs to decouple your solutions. As with most of the sessions this weekend, the conversation went to other places like deployment...
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ALT.NET Canada - Day 2 - Noah, build me an Ark! by Bil Simser

Saturday at ALT.NET Canada kicked off with a talk on the build process. The discussion was centered around build files and asks the question if NAnt has outlived it's usefulness, or are we putting too much into our build files? Lots of discussions of...
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ALT.NET Canada - Day 2 - DDD and more D by Bil Simser

Today was DDD day at ALT.NET Canada as we had several sessions on Domain Driven Design. There was a chalk talk hosted by Greg Young, a talk on Distributed Domain Driven Design (DDDD) that I initiated, and a Birds of a Feather style chat towards the end...
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ALT.NET Canada Open Spaces is LIVE! by Bil Simser

It’s Canada Day, and what better way to celebrate geekdom with a 100% All-Beef Canadian announcement. We’re very proud to present the first major Canadian Open Spaces ALT.NET event , hosted right here in my hometown of Calgary August 15-17, 2008. The...
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Tree Surgeon 2.0 Released by Bil Simser

We’ve released version 2.0 of Tree Surgeon . This is the first major release since I took the project over from Mike Roberts. This release adds the following features: 2005 and 2008 support in addition to the original 2003 support Ability to choose the...
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