Sizing An Agile User Story

by Aaron D-H 27. February 2009 19:58
The correct way to size an agile user story is by assigning each story a "story point" value.  The values assigned are usually taken from the Fibonacci sequence or:  1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13.  Story point values are similar  to the concept of "T-Shirt" ... [More]

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Software Engineering | Project Management | Agile

Translating Coordinates In Silverlight 2

by Aaron D-H 25. February 2009 19:11
When you are doing complex things to objects in Silverlight like aninmation of scale and rotation it is sometimes neccesary to be able to translate a point from the object that has been rotated and scaled into it’s parents coordinate system.  Luckly the Silverlight 2 dev team has a solu... [More]


Software Engineering | .NET | C# | Silverlight

Practical Silverlight and SharePoint Integration: Part Two

by Aaron D-H 24. February 2009 20:43
In part one of this series we built a simple Silverlight 2 application that could retrieve list information from SharePoint.  In part two we will expand on how Silverlight connects to SharePoint web services and move beyond the default connectivity that you get when you add a service ref... [More]


Software Engineering | .NET | C# | Project Management | SharePoint | Silverlight

Practical Silverlight and SharePoint Integration: Part One

by Aaron D-H 22. February 2009 01:48
The user experience with SharePoint can be expanded in a number of ways.  The usual road is to write web parts that run on the server.  The drawback to this approach is that in a large corporate environment many companies are very reluctant to support more that just the out-of-the-box we... [More]


Software Engineering | .NET | C# | Project Management | Agile | SharePoint | Silverlight

Agile User Story Card

by Aaron D-H 31. January 2009 00:59
Lately most of the projects I've been involved with have used Agile methods to help our development teams keep up with the changing demands of our customers. In the present economic climate we are using these methods to achieve more with less.  I'm currently working with Rally Software to help ... [More]


Software Engineering | Project Management | Agile

Summary of Agile Principles and Practices

by Aaron D-H 31. January 2009 00:21
A while back I put together a summary of agile principles and practices that I would like to now share with you here: Principles of Agile Methods From the "Manifesto for Agile Software Development" Customer Satisfaction Through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. ... [More]


Software Engineering | Project Management | Agile

Soccer Coach Player Evaluation

by Aaron D-H 30. January 2009 22:37
I've coached soccer for a number of years and eventually acquired my "D" level coach's certificate. I've had the opportunity to observe many tryouts and practices. Some were carried out with more forethought than others. In the hope of improving the process somewhat I found and adapt... [More]


Life | Soccer

Simple Visio Macro to Refresh Linked Data with < 1 Minute Intervals

by Aaron D-H 30. January 2009 06:23
Open the Visual Basic Edit and place this code behind the "ThisDocument" object: Dim refreshActive As Boolean Sub StartAutoRefresh() Dim dataRecordSetObj As DataRecordset Dim PauseTime, Start PauseTim... [More]


Creating a .NET Visio Add-In with Custom Menus

by Aaron D-H 30. January 2009 06:23
In the course of creating a number of demonstrations for Visio 2007, I came across the need to create an add-in for Visio in .NET. Basic .NET AddOn technology is fairly well documented in the arcticle About the Visio 2003 Managed Code Interop Tutorial [Visio 2003 SDK Documentation], but crea... [More]

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Software Engineering | Office | SharePoint

Generating Sharepoint MOSS BDC Definitions

by Aaron D-H 30. January 2009 06:22
I've created a simple application that reads the SQL Server 2005 schemas and creates an XML representation of it.   Then I apply an XSLT stylesheet that transforms the schema into a BDC definition file. My current delema is:  The MOSS BDC processor reads the BDC definition file AND ... [More]

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Software Engineering | SharePoint

About the Author

I'd like to introduce myself to you... My name is Aaron Daisley-Harrison.  I have worked in the software engineering field for a number of years, and as an  Application Architect have created solutions for many industry verticals; worked with both Java and Microsoft technologies; Developed SQL database engines as well as full text search systems; and Knowledge management systems.   I am currently doing contract work out of the Pacific North West and have lately been focusing on Microsoft technologies like SharePoint 2007/2010, WCF, Identity Framework, JQuery, Xml and Silverlight.



The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in anyway.

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