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2012

Sparx Systems releases Enterprise Architect 10

Sparx has release a new version of Enterprise Architect. This tool is by far the best software engineering tool available on the market today. I have been using it as my primary tool for Enterprise and Software Architecture for years now. If you have never checked it out, now is as good as time as any.

An Enterprise and Software Architect's Tools of the Trade

It is not easy keeping up the latest technologies, processes, architectural techniques, and enterprise architecture framework improvements. Now more than ever an architect needs a lot of assets to keep up.

Software Engineering Best Practices: Lessons from Successful Projects in the Top Companies Book Review

This is one of those books that should be read by every person with a relationship to IT. Testers, CIOs, CFOs, developers, architects, project managers, and agilists will benefit from this book. I highly recommend reading it. You will come out the back end of it with a complete new perspective on Software Engineering.

Sparx Systems has released Enterprise Architect 9.3 which includes ArchiMate 2.0

Sparx Enterprise Architecture is my tool of choice for software architecture, design, project management, and project planning. This new version offers some really great new features.

2011

Software Product Line Engineering Resource Kit

I recently decided to update the Product Line Engineering Assets I reuse from project to project. In the past I reused a baseline project that contained a folder structure and the UML stereotypes needed to do Use Cases, Feature, and Static Modeling.

Developers should Learn Why not just Memorize What

To me having information is knowledge, knowing what to do with the knowledge is wisdom. I see a whole lot of knowledge these days, but very little wisdom.

Context switching in the IT world can be very harmful to schedules

One of the biggest issues I see in a lot of IT / Software Development environments is the lack of understanding when it comes to context switching.

Every Enterprise Needs a Modernization Strategy

An enterprise without a modernization strategy is an enterprise with a painful future of paying technical debt with the highest interest possible. This is especially true of custom developed applications.

2010

Are you a .NET development shop, or a Microsoft development shop?

I am not sure if the market has clearly stated that there is a difference between being a Microsoft shop and a .NET shop. I watch a lot of places try to decide which way to go without realizing they are actually making the choice.

Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010 Book Review

This is a pretty sweet book. There are a ton of features in Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010. This book does a great job of covering all of them that are related to Application Lifecycle Management.

2009

Sticking it to the Man, Our Day will Come

As I look out across the industry at what companies are doing to employees, at least in IT, what I see disgusted me. Many companies are not refusing to pay because they can’t; they are refusing to pay because they want to take advantage of the current economy. Fear is holding employees prisoner to job conditions they normally would have never seen.

Technical Interviews and Interviewers that Suck and how to Avoid Them

Over the past 6 to 9 months I have interviewed with quite a few companies. The current economy has created a few new breeds of interviewer, breeds our field could do without.....

Software Architecture: Foundations, Theory, and Practice Book Review

I recommend this book for the beginner, as well as the experienced, software architect. It is a must read.

2008

Cool Links IV- .NET 3.5, Architecture, AJAX, UML, EPF, Patterns, GOF, VSTS 2008, WPF, Silverlight, SQL 2008, XAML

This is the fourth installment of cool links. It includes links on .NET 3.5, Architecture, AJAX, UML, EPF, Patterns, GOF, VSTS 2008, WPF, Silverlight, SQL 2008, XAML, SPARX EA, Visio, Seam Carving, New Books, FXCop, etc.

2007

Microsoft Office Visio 2007 WBS Modeler

Although I never use Visio anymore, I found this tool pretty cool. It adds a new dimension to those giant project plans my project managers like to create.