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Why are there no “solved problems” in software development?

I’ve been on both sides of the stick in software development.  I’ve been a developer, trying to crank out a feature, and thinking “Geeze, I should be able to do this faster…” and “Wait, you mean this API doesn’t do this for me already??”  I’ve also been a product owner, wondering, “Why in the world is this taking so long?  It’s just a form!”  The sad truth is that even a seemingly-simple problem in software development can turn out to be a serious can of worms.  Why is that?  Well, because the devil is in the details, and there is no such thing as a “solved proble... [More]

Using SpecsFor.Mvc with Windows Authentication

Numerous people have requested that I put together a sample that illustrates how to use SpecsFor.Mvc with Windows Authentication.  Guess what’s in this post? More...

SpecsFor.Mvc 4.5.0 Released!

A new build of SpecsFor.Mvc is now available on NuGet!  This release was made possible by contributions from the community, so a big “Thank You!” goes out to henkeson and neuhoffm!  Their contributions added support for: Project configurations that have non-standard solution locations (just call Solution.Named() or pass in the path to your solution directly!) UrlShouldMapTo and UrlMapsTo are now case-insensitive by default, but you can change this behavior if you want! You can change the Output path, which makes it possible to use SpecsFor.Mvc with multiple web projects at ... [More]

Simple Server-Client Pub-Sub using SignalR

The Pub-Sub pattern is a great way to keep interested parties up-to-date on changes in state.  For web applications, sometimes the thing you want to track state on lives on the server, and the interested parties live on the client.  Using SignalR, you can easily propagate events out to interested clients without spamming uninterested clients.  Here’s how to do it. More...

Intro to .NET Unit & Integration Testing with SpecsFor–Now on InfoQ!

My latest ramblings on SpecsFor are now available on InfoQ.  If you’re curious about SpecsFor and what it can do, my hope is that this article will enlighten you!

Voting for CodeStock 2015 Is Open!

The next CodeStock is approaching fast, and now it’s time for everyone to vote!  More...

Perfect PDF 2.0 Beta Released!

Finally!  The next iteration on the road to Perfect PDF 2.0 is available on NuGet! More...

Random Link Roundup–3/6/2015

Happy Friday, everyone!  It’s been a week of craziness.  Microsoft and Google, working together??  AngularJS 2.0 built on TypeScript??  These statements sound too crazy to be true, but yet, here we are! More...

SpecsFor.Mvc Updated (again!)

SpecsFor.Mvc 4.4.0 is now live!  This release includes improvements contributed by two very awesome individuals.  E-mail addresses containing a ‘+’ character now work correctly, and you can now wait for an element on a form to become visible using the fluent interface.  Read on to learn more about these changes! More...

Random Link Roundup–2/13/2015

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!  Remember, if you decide to go camping tonight, watch out for hockey players! Courtesy of http://crustula.com/2013/09/13/happy-friday-the-13th/ More...