Sunday, March 18, 2007

Lack of Support for MsTest

It's franly quite annoying how little support there is for Visual Studio testing. What are Microsoft thinking with the multiple flavours of the product? I didn't realise that some didn't have the test tools, frankly this is scary for our TDD friends. Perhaps considering the support there is for nUnit (not least nCover - theres nothing for MsTest apart from a tool a colleague and I wrote it would worth thinking about migrating.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Conflict of Test Driven Development and Compile Time Code Analysis

So, I'm sitting here pairing on some code and we write our test which involves generating a method stub. We attempt to compile, but we're thrown a load of errors as we've got our code analysis set to terminate (i.e. do not compile if your code sucks). But I'm finding this furstrating as the code isn't compiling as we're not using the parameters of the new method, but this is because we haven't implemented it yet and I want to see it fail!

So we have to suppress the error to make it compile, and hope to remember to take out the suppressions.

Now that sucks!

Sunday, March 11, 2007


I always say I don't watch that much TV, and in many ways this is true. Due to the combination of a bad memory and laziness I would rarely rush home to watch that special show at whatever o'clock. Even the new PVC (the very nice BT Vision) doesn't help as I've only got freeview and I'll be dammed to pay Sky or anyone else for content I'm not going to watch (see above for reasons).

There is some special occasions though when a particular show grabs my attention and pulls me in. Being somewhat of a geek. (Ok, a lot of a geek) this new tend in mainstream sci-fi TV shows is getting the better of me. This weekend I've spent most of the time in front of the TV watching Heros. I'm really enjoying TV recently. These season long plots, fast paced, low key sci-fi shows are getting me everytime. Sure there's shows I can't really stand (Lost?) but still find myself watching week in week out, but I'm happy that we seem to have put sit coms to one side for a while to enjoy character developement and kick ass plots.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Are We Hard To Shock?

I've just read an interesting article on how we've evolved thick skins with regard to bad news. Having grown up in a 24 hour media culture I don't know any different.