Sep 18, 2014

Hackathon produces a build light with a difference

I just finished running a one day hackathon with a team I'm working with, instructing them to have a go at building anything they like.

The results were pretty impressive. One team knocked together a web UI that mimics a screen from their desktop based application as well producing a WebGL based visualisation of data and events, another team cooked up an app featuring live updates of data across browsers using Firebase as the back end, and another team that decided they wanted to make their own build light.

Not just any old build light, though. Oh, no, Nothing so mundane as that, They had to build one that not only goes green when the the build succeeds, but it also dispenses lollies! Awesome!

I grabbed some video from my phone so you could see it in action. Enjoy! :-)

Sep 11, 2014

Azure DocumentDB at Sydney Alt.Net, August 2014

At last month's meeting of the Sydney Alt.Net group I did a talk on Azure's new DocumentDB offering. That video is now available on ReadifyTV and here as well.

Azure DocumentDB Preview at Sydney Alt.Net, Aug 2014 from Richard Banks on Vimeo.


Sep 8, 2014

Perth Scrum Master Course - Sep 30th, 2014

This one is mainly for the Perth people (Hi Perth!).

I'll be coming your way on Sep 30th & Oct 1st to deliver a Professional Scrum Master course.

Usually I deliver private Scrum training, so a public course for is enough of a rarity that I thought I'd mention it here so people know about it.

Mentioned! Job done. Wasn't that easy? :-)

Now you just need to do you part and register by using the registration link. Do that and I'll see you there.

P.S. I'll be missing the Perth .NET Community of Practice meetup by just a day, but if people want an after hours catch up while I'm in town, let me know.

Aug 26, 2014

Estimation: Stop listening to developers. They make stuff up.

Luke Drumm, a (slightly unhinged) colleague of mine, recently put together a short video talking through his views on estimation and the problem with using developer estimates when historical data is available.

That video is now available on Readify TV so go on and check it out.

As one person described it: "Better than an episode of Myth Busters!"

Apr 10, 2014

Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook now available

About 18 months ago my Visual Studio 2012 Cookbook was published by Packt Press. Fast forward to a few weeks ago (March 25th in fact, I’m a little tardy on getting this post out) and an updated version of my book has been published, the Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook.


I’ve been a little time poor over the last 12 months so I need to give a big shout out to Jeff Martin who made a large contribution to the book and without who it wouldn’t have happened. Thanks so much, Jeff!

For those wondering what’s new, here’s some of the major changes in this version:

  • Updates throughout the entire book to keep it in line with the various VS2013 changes (no surprises there!),
  • A major update to the web development chapter based on the ASP.NET changes, editor improvements and new tooling such as Browser Link,
  • A major update to the Team Foundation Server chapter, with particular focus on the new Team Explorer and git source control integration, and
  • A new chapter on using TypeScript and Python with Visual Studio.

As with the previous edition, this book isn’t for everyone. It’s for those people wanting to get up to speed with the changes and improvements in VS2013 and is going to be more suited to those coming to VS2013 from older editions of Visual Studio, or those who are used to Eclipse or XCode and are wanting to know how to get to grips with an unfamiliar, and very powerful, IDE.

Go buy yourself a copy from Packt or your favourite book selling web site today!