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I really enjoyed the first St. Louis Day of .Net. There were over 200 people that showed up!  My session this year was on Open Source Solutions for Application Lifecycle Management.  Besides being one of the non totally Microsoft sessions, I also had the honor of having the longest title for the entire Day of .Net.

Application Lifecycle Management is a huge topic, and I only had 50 minutes to cover some stuff, so I limited it to the following 4 areas:

  • Defect Tracking and Change Management
  • Unit Testing
  • Version Control
  • Build Management

For each of the areas, I walked though one open source tool that you could use in each area.  So I presented:

Defect Tracking and Change Management Bugzilla
Unit Testing NUnit
Version Control Subversion
Build Management NAnt and CruiseControl.Net

Now I understand that there are many more open source tools that are cool which one could also use to help with ALM, but with only 50 minutes, I had to cut things down.

The most interesting part of the presentation was when we were talking about Unit Testing.  Almost everyone in the audience knew what unit testing was (or claimed to), but very few actually implement unit testing.  I have long suspected that people know about unit testing, but not necessarily HOW to implement unit testing.  Consider the following method, for example:

The question I asked the attendees based on the above code was "How many unit tests should be written to properly test this method."  Remember that unit tests are supposed to be independent from each other.

If you want to download the slide deck that I used you can find it here.

I also went to some interesting presentations including the ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 New Features given by Bill Evjen and Mulijadi Budiman presented Parallel Programming for Managed Code Developers.
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 2:33 PM .NET , ALM , Unit Testing | Back to top

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Eric. Sorry I missed your presentation. I heard it was great. Everyone here that attended from Brown loved it..
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