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Software development must deliver on budget - always

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Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/theArchitectsNapkin/archive/2014/10/27/software-development-must-deliver-on-budget---always.aspx Yes, I mean it: we always need to meet the budget (be that time, money or whatever resource).1 This most likely is not your software development reality. So how come I´m demanding something so seemingly unrealistic, even preposterous? Why? The reason for the obligation to deliver on budget is simple: trust. Software development is a social endeavor. It takes not only two to tango, but also at least two to develop and deliver software: a customer and a software developer. To accomplish something in collaboration with other people requires trust. Trust is the
foundation because you cannot do everything yourself. You need to let go of something and trust a collaboration partner. That´s the very reason for collaboration in the first place. If you were able to do something yourself, why get someone else on board? So if there is a need for cooperation, then there is a need for trust. Even more so if the relationship between the cooperating parties is highly asymmetric: If you could do something yourself but delegate it to somebody else, you can at least check their work for quality. Less trust is needed. But if you don´t...(Read whole news on source site)

EF7 – v1 or v7?

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A while ago we blogged about EF7 targeting new platforms and new data stores. In that post we shared that our EF6.x code base wasn’t setup to achieve what we wanted to in EF7, and that EF7 would be a “lightweight and extensible version of EF”. That begs the question, is EF7 the next version of EF, or is it something new? Before we dig into the answer, let’s cover exactly what’s the same and what’s changing.   What’s staying the same? When it comes to writing code, most of the top level experience is staying the same in EF7. You still create a
class that derives from DbContext and has DbSet properties for each type in your model. You still use LINQ to write queries against your DbSet properties. You still Add and Remove instances of types from your DbSet properties. There are still DbContext.ChangeTracker and DbContext.Database properties for accessing change tracking information and database related APIs. An example For example, this code looks exactly the same in EF6.x and EF7. using (var db = new BloggingContext())
{
db.Blogs.Add(new Blog { Url = "blogs.msdn.com/adonet" });
db.SaveChanges();

var blogs = from b in db.Blogs.Include(b => b.Posts)
            orderby b.Name
            select b;

foreach...(Read whole news on source site)

#1,188 – Using an ItemContainerStyle to Animate Items in an ItemsControl

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One common use when defining a new ItemContainerStyle for an ItemsControl is to do something special with either the currently selected item or the item that the mouse is currently over. We can set property values for the currently selected item or the item that the mouse is over, using triggers and property setters.  You can also use […]

Career planning: Mine

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I got some really good questions about my career. Which caused me to reflect back and snort at my own attempts to make a sense of what happened. Here is a rough timeline: 1999 – Start of actually considering myself to be a professional developer. This is actually the start of a great one year course I took to learn C++, right out of high school. 2001 – Joined the army, was sent to the Military Police, and spent 4 years in prison. Roles ranged from a prison guard, XO of big prison, teacher in officer training course and
concluded with about a year as a small prison commander. 2004 – Opened my blogged and started writing about the kind of stuff that I was doing, first version of Rhino Mocks. 2005 – Joined the Castle Comitter’s team, Left the army, joined We!, worked as a consultant. 2006 – My first international conference – DevTeach. 2008 – Left We!, started working as an independent consultant. 2009 – NHibernate Profiler beta release. 2010 – DSLs in Book book is published, Entity Framework Profiler, Linq to SQL Profiler, RavenDB. 2011 – Hiring of first full employee. 2014 –...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1723

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Software Upcoming Changes in Visual Studio Architecture and Design Tools – Jean-Marc Prieur discusses plans for future changes to the Visual Studio Architecture and Design Tools Information I’m stuck in someone’s for loop – Scott Hanselman shares his (and mine, and I suspect your) frustrations with applications across a wide range of platforms which don’t […]

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