Announcement: NDDNUG – Automated Unit Testing

July 29, 2007

I’m going to have another chance to refine my “real world unit testing” talk. I’ll be presenting at the North Dallas .Net User Group this Wednesday (August 1) at 6:30pm. The topic will cover unit testing, dependency injection and mocks/stubs using NUnit and RhinoMocks. The talk is VERY demo intensive and should be fun as well as informative. You can sign up here to attend – the pizza is free and the talk will certainly be interesting.

UPDATE: Here are the files I used for my presentation: PowerPoint and source.

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Automated Unit Testing with Visual Studio 2005 Presentation

June 15, 2007

The talk went pretty well – I believe there were about 175 people registered so it was quite a turnout. I didn’t have a chance to get thru to all of my demos but I think that I at least got folks started in the right direction. Sadly, the dependency injection portion of the talk took the biggest hit and it’s really the most important part, in my opinion, since it’s what allows you to deal with “real” code. Maybe that just means I’ll have to give the talk again. 🙂 Regardless, I’m posting the AUT PowerPoint and the solutions ZIP (this has the starting version as well as the completed version).

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the talk. Feel free to comment below and if you have pics or anything, please let me know. I’d love to see them.


Announcement: DDNUG – Automated Testing with Visual Studio 2005

June 6, 2007

Apparently, they’re going to continue to allow me to get up in front of people and talk since it turns out I’m not half bad at it. I’ll be presenting a the Dallas .NET User Group on June 14th so head over and sign up – the pizza is free and, at worst, you’ll get to laugh and heckle me. The talk is being billed as programmer testing since I’m not going to stick to strict Test Driven Development (I’ll explain why in the talk). I’ll cover the basics and principles as well as MSTest, NUnit, RhinoMocks, and TestDriven.Net. Heck, I may even grab someone and doing a quick round of the TDD Pairing Game if I’m feeling randy.

Once again, I’m a little nervous too but that’s what makes it fun. Hope to see you there.

UPDATE: I’ve posted here for the presentation content.


CitCon 2007…

May 1, 2007

This past weekend CitCon North America, pronounced kit-kon NOT sit-kon for those, like myself, who were unaware, was held here in Dallas. It was a limited engagement but I was lucky enough to get a spot so I thought I’d give you my impressions of the event. Friday night was a the meet & greet and planning for the sessions. The conference adheres to the Open Spaces idea and I have to admit I was pretty skeptical. There are no formal speakers or talks but rather semi-organized discussions surrounding the ideas that the participants put forth. Sounded pretty touchy-feely and little too hippy for me (in spite of my environmental bent I don’t classify myself as “crunchy”) but I have to say that I found it to be significantly more informative. No one really wandered off, in spite of the rule allowing you to do so, because the discussions were free to meander to topics that were important to the group.

Not to be completely neglectful, there were several vendors there to show off their CI software or a new book but it was such a minute part of the experience. I look forward to hanging out with some of my new friends and hope to enjoy their company again soon.

Oh and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share a photo of the book autograph. That’s right boys & girls, I got Martin Fowler to sign my copy of “Refactoring“!!

Martin Fowler’s Sig