woensdag 20 februari 2008

Remote pair programming

In preparation for Agile Egypt (www.agileegypt.com) my pair and I are creating a presentation and an example application. Since we have our try out tomorrow evening we wanted to go through the code examples some more. Because of schedules we couldn't meet in person so I proposed a remote pair programming session.

In one word: Amazing! And simple to set up as well.

We downloaded RealVNC (www.realvnc.com) for sharing a desktop. Installation and use of RealVNC is smooth. Don't forget to do some port forwarding in your internet router/firewall.

After installation simply start the realvnc server and publish your ip address to your pair. He will have to start the realvnc client, enter the ip address, press connect and its code time!

For the communication we used Skype (www.skype.com) to talk to one another. Even with realvnc sending the highest level of color depth over the wire (modest cable connections on both sides) there were no band width issues at all. I could hear my pair typ in Visual Studio 2008 and see his changes instantly.

Another positive thing about this way of pairing: No need to change chairs or keep passing keyboard and mouse around, we both had a keyboard and mouse.

Using this setup we had a very productive evening and it left me wondering "Who needs an office these days?".


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zaterdag 16 februari 2008

ReSharper 4.0 Early Access Release

I'm in the process of installing all my development software on my (new) laptop. When I installed ReSharper and took a look at there website, I noticed the first early access release is available of version 4.0. This can be used with VS 2005 and VS 2008. You can download the setup and checkout the ReSharper 4.0 EAP Notes for all the new goodness here:



dinsdag 12 februari 2008

New blog layout

Today I went searching for a template for this blog that better matched the style of the WatiN website. After a bit of looking around I found this one and I like it.

A thank you to "Free SCC Templates" and "Blog and Web" (scroll to the bottom for their links, and no they won't show up in your RSS reader :-) ).

donderdag 7 februari 2008

Will Silverlight 2.0 become automation friendly?

With the current Silverlight releases available (1.0 and 1.1 aka 2.0) there is no way to automate the user interface. No support for Active Accessibility or UI Automation. But when signing up for the Beta of the Microsoft Download center, which uses Silverlight, I noticed this:


In my opinion this looks like the final release of Silverlight 2.0 will have Active Accessibility and/or UI Automation in place. This opens up the way for test automation. And I think that is a good thing!

woensdag 6 februari 2008

How to create tutorial videos with silverlight

I'm thinking about doing tutorial videos about WatiN. I have been experimenting with Camtasia and that is a great product. But now that I have a video where will I host it?

And then this article on Code Project came along http://www.codeproject.com/KB/scrapbook/HowToCreateArticleVideos.aspx. This is going to help me a lot. Thanks Karl for posting this detailed info and thanks Microsoft for the free hosting of silverlight videos.

And now back to take four, five, six (I lost count) of the "Getting started with WatiN" video.....