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2010/11/11

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The times shown in the headings below refer to the start time in the recording. The little white dots in the video player's status bar are "bookmarks" designating the start of each section.

5:30 - Claudio Lassala - 42goals.com

42goals is a simple tool for tracking your daily goals and keeping a log of your daily activities.

It helps you to set up your goals, record your daily progress and visualize your achievements. Using 42goals you can quit smoking, count cups of coffee drunk and log daily expenses.

Claudio's blog post: "Setting and tracking some small goals...": 
http://claudiolassala.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/setting-and-tracking-some-small-goals/

9:00 - Claudio - Evernote

Claudio has shown off his mad Evernote skillz at previous VBB meetings (https://sites.google.com/site/vbbwiki/main_page/2010-09-02,
https://sites.google.com/site/vbbwiki/main_page/2010-10-07), so people are taking an interest. Here are some helpful links:



12:30 - Claudio - VBB Topic Suggestions

VirtualBrownBag.com topic suggestion/voting page:
http://www.virtualbrownbag.com/topic_suggestions

14:10 - Justine - Looking for a greater understanding of software engineering

Justine wondered about how worthwhile online training like http://www.sei.cmu.edu/training/v07.cfm or professional groups like the Society of Women Engineers (http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/) might be. 

JB mentioned a talk about "Software Engineering" at the Lone Star Ruby Conference, possibly this one:

Real Software Engineering - Glenn Vanderburg

Software engineering as it’s taught in universities simply doesn’t work. It doesn’t produce software systems of high quality, and it doesn’t produce them for low cost. Sometimes, even when practiced rigorously, it doesn’t produce systems at all.

That’s odd, because in every other field, the term “engineering” is reserved for methods that work....

17:20 - Claudio - VBB Topic Suggestion: MVVM

MVVM is one of the top vote-getting topics. What specifically do we want to talk about?

Claudio fired up Visual Studio for a Model-View-ViewModel primer.

MSDN magazine article "WPF Apps With The Model-View-ViewModel Design Pattern":

Jeremiah Morrill - "MVVM for Tarded Folks Like Me *or* MVVM and What it Means to Me":

Video: Jason Dolinger on Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM)

Brian Schroer sez: A very nice overview for XAML newbies in which Jason starts with a simple WPF app coded like the first attempt at a developer coming from a Windows Forms background, and step by step transforms it into into a much more manageable, encapsulated, readable, and testable M-V-VM design:


Justine recommends...
John Papa - Kung Fu Silverlight at PDC 2010: Patterns and Practices with MVVM and RIA Services http://johnpapa.net/silverlight/pdc10kungfu/

"In the Box" MVVM Training:

"In the Box is a high quality, multi-media training that is consumed within Visual Studio 2010. Content is navigated and delivered using a next generation computer based training (CBT) experience, the Visual Studio 2010 Feature Extension."

46:40 - Jonathan "JB" Birkholz - More on Cucumber

JB continued his discussion (started at the 10/28 meeting) about how he's using Cucumber to do BDD testing while he develops virtualbrownbag.com (with Ruby/Rails).


Happy Veteran's Day!

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