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Chaz Blogs It's all about the eXperience! Architecture, Paterns and Practices Posts on approaches to development.
Dear ALT.Net Attendees:
This is an open letter to the attendees of the upcoming ALT.Net gathering in Austin TX. Dear Friends, Sadly I will not be able to join you at ALT.Net due to some poor planning on my part. I regret missing out on the opportunity to surround myself with some of the brightest minds in our industry. If I were to attend ALT.Net though, my goal would have been to represent the "marginal developer". The developer who gets it, but doesn't practice it in the work place due to circumstances beyond his/her ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 2, 2007 10:12 AM


Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:31 AM

NJUX Meeting
HEY JERSEY (especially New York City commuters)! I've talked and talked about it. Well here it is and it will be in an unlikely location! WHAT: New Jersey User eXperience Group kick off meeting WHERE: GasLight Brewery, 15 S Orange Avenue South Orange, NJ 07079 WHEN: Thursday March 22nd @ 6:30 PM WHY: This will be the organizing meeting for NJUX. We will determine our mission statement & goals and set up a regular meeting schedule, determine speakers(topics) and final location city/town. I picked ......

Posted On Monday, March 12, 2007 12:13 PM

Bad Tutorials
As many of us do from time to time, Mike Nicholes had a rant on his blog. Most rants are just useless noise that makes the author feel better. But in Mike's case, he really hit the nail on the head! Nothing is truer than Mike's statement; “I don't like the hours I used to waste spewing out Typed Datasets and binding them to Web Forms and then thinking that I was doing Enterprise development because Microsoft documentation had tutorials online that used the word "Enterprise". “ Hey all ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 9:43 PM

What's in a directory structure?
Untitled Page What's in a directory structure? Well a lot. I tend to create a directory and source control structure that reflects my architecture. It is just another way of allowing the domain to blend into every aspect of your development. So here it is plain and simple... The top folder "CodeCampSourceControl" is the root for the version controlled projects both on the hard disk and in the source control system. The two subsequent folders "Projects" and "Solutions" are rather self explanitory. ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:32 PM

NJ Code Camp II... Success!
Well as I've come to expect after a Code Camp I am recharged and psyched about programming again. Like NJ Code Camp I, I met a lot of great people and made some new friends. I have to say that I'm a bit shocked that there was more controversy in my “Down with Datasets!” session than my session on “Living in an Out-Sourced World”. I appreciate the honest and open dialog in both sessions. I received some great challenges to my stance on using custom objects over datasets. I ......

Posted On Sunday, June 4, 2006 6:23 PM

Calling all Jersey Geeks
Help! I so desperately want to present at NJ Code Camp II on June 3rd. But what? I am kicking around a couple of ideas and want to know what would get you to my session? Here are some ideas I've been kicking around... 1. One or more Application Blocks in the Enterprise Library - Code demo Just a display of how to incorporate these in your code.2. Fun with Serialization - Code demo Show multiple ways to serialize and deserialize your objects to/from disk on a fat client.3-A. Down with Datasets! - ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 7:56 PM

North NJ .Net User Group Meeting (N3UG) Tonight
Don't foget the N3UG meeting tonight at SetFocus in Parisppany. Peter Laudetti is the new Developer Evangelist for Microsoft's .NET Team. He does an excellent presentation on Enterprise Libraries and will be our presenter tomorrow night. Given it is the holiday season, there will be pizza preceeding the meeting (starting around 5:30) and a casual gathering at the Chevy's around the corner following the meeting.... --chaz ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 13, 2005 6:33 AM

Why Not Use the Enterprise Library
Scott Kuhl notes an article written by Brian Noyes on using typed datasets in VS 2005 via the Dataset Designer. Now kudos to Brian for really running through all the right arguments for datasets vs. custom business objects. I am a bit of a custom object berserker and wouldn't allow the dataset to creep into my other layers. But again Brian at least provides commentary on this. Brian starts out by discussing that you can use this to create your own data access layer. My question is why wouldn't you ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 5:23 AM

Entry Level Enterprise
I don't know if the term “Entry Level Enterprise“ has been used before. If it has I apologize to the originator and I respectfully yield credit to the individual(s) who used it before me. I will be using Entry Level Enterprise a lot. To me it is a key component of seeing IT in the US survive. It is about helping our brethren of all coding persuasions to identify, understand and utilize tools and methodologies for developing Enterprise Level solutions. Some very simple examples are Test ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:20 AM

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