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Announcement – Intro to TDD Presentation

March 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Our CEO, Jonathan Cogley, will be presenting an introduction to Test Driven Development on March 25th for the DC ALT.NET user group.  The session will focus on walking through and solving a “real world” problem by identifying and isolating the dependencies in the logic.

This is a great chance for aspiring and veteran TDD developers to touch up on the basics.

Details
Date: Wednesday, March 25
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Motley Fool, 2000 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

Refactoring in C# at RockNUG this week

March 8, 2008 Leave a comment

I will be giving a presentation on Refactoring in C# at RockNUG on Wednesday March 12th 2008 at 6:30pm.  Directions here.

What could be more fun on a Wednesday evening than critiquing some bad code and making it better? 🙂 Come along to learn how to clean code like the Thycotic team. What do we look for? How do we take small steps to keep it working? What tips and tricks make it easier? This session will be code, code and more code (and a few unit tests of course!).

Picking over some code and discussing it is so much fun.  Come along and join us …

 

We are hiring!  Do you want to write beautiful code in a Test Driven, Refactored, Agile .NET software company in the heart of Washington DC and work on cool products
Take the code test and send your resume along with why you want to join Thycotic to
tddjobs@thycotic.com.

Speaking on Refactoring at RockNUG in March

January 25, 2008 Leave a comment

I will be presenting on Refactoring in C# at the Rockville .NET User Group (RockNUG) on March 12th 2008 at 6:30pm.

Refactoring in C# – Bad code to better code
What could be more fun on a Wednesday evening than critiquing some bad code and making it better? 🙂 Come along to learn how to clean code like the Thycotic team. What do we look for? How do we take small steps to keep it working? What tips and tricks make it easier? This session will be code, code and more code (and a few unit tests of course!).

I always like Refactoring sessions because they give great opportunities for discussion about coding practices and also get lots of different opinions on how to improve the code.  I will be using Visual Studio 2005 and Resharper 3.0.

 

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC.  Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords.  Is your team still storing passwords in Excel?

RockNUG tonight – Geoff Snowman showed off BizTalk Server

November 15, 2007 Leave a comment

RockNUG [Rockville .NET User Group]I attended my first event at the new Rockville .NET User Group (RockNUG) in Maryland tonight.  Geoff Snowman, our local Microsoft integration specialist showed off the latest BizTalk Server (BTS) technology and talked about the future of BTS and its related products.  As Geoff pointed out, BTS is a niche product that works well for large customers that have unique or complex integration requirements.  The power of BTS was clearly in its mapping/transformation abilities, flexibility in talking to various endpoints (on various platforms) and the scalability of dynamically handling large amounts of orchestrations.  My take was that it was especially well suited to integrate different applications especially when they are on different platforms and speak different languages (text vs XML vs EDI etc.).  If you are interested in BTS and more on integration, don’t miss Geoff’s MICSUG group which has upcoming presentations on WWF and ESB.

Don’t forget the NoVa Code Camp this Saturday in Reston, VA!

Also Thycotic is still hiring – so come take a look if you live for Test Driven Development, Pair Programming and C# in the Washington DC Metro Area.

Richmond Code Camp 3 reviewed

This last Saturday morning, the Thycotic team headed to Richmond at a bright and early 6am. This alone wouldn’t have been too bad but some on the team had been busy until 2am on a client project! For the first Richmond Code Camp ever, it actually didn’t rain (it rained all day for the last two).

John started out withhis presentation on NHibernate which drew alarge audience. I watched Hal Hayes (of Acritech) present on XQuery which is an interesting session that I have somehow missed at the various local usergroups over the last year. Then I caught upwith Frank at hisTablet PC session – he confirmed my suspicions that the handwriting recognition has been greatly improved in Vista. He also pointed me towards these great tablet applicationswhich I just had to try –Ink Artallows you to paint in oil on your tablet! Frank was showing it on Vista but it doesn’t seem to be included in the Experience Pack for Vista … Frank?

I did find ArtRage2 in my quest which seems to do a similar job. There is something incredibly cool about painting on a tablet.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend any further sessions since I was presenting for the last two slots of the day. Which also meant that I missed John’s second session (Lucene.NET) and Kevin’s first presentation at a Code Camp where he covered Cryptography and Hashing which is something he knows a great deal about – Kevin did the second round of Cryptography work in our Secret Server product. I also heard wonderful stories about our other presenting team member, Bryce, whose laptop wouldn’t cooperate and he had to wing his entire session on Code Access Security with no code or slides (this was also only his second Code Camp presentation ever – nice job Bryce!).

My two sessions were Refactoring (a hands on session using Bob Martin’s Prime Generator example) and Unit Testing with RhinoMocks. Session slides should be posted on the Richmond Code Camp website soon. The Refactoring session worked out really well with the sizeOfArray and primeCandidates variables naturally emerging as the instance field candidates – the audience also got very involved and yelled out lots of ideas. Working with code line by line and generating discussion is always fascinating.

Thanks to the folks at the Richmond Code Camp for organizing another fine event.

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product, Secret Server is a enterprise password manager system for teams to secure their passwords. Where do you keep your passwords or do you still use the samepassword everywhere?

Code Camps, Code Camps, Code Camps.

March 16, 2007 Leave a comment

I presented on Pair Programming at the Maryland ColdFusion User’s Group on Tuesday and was very pleased to tell everyone about all the upcoming Code Camps in our area. I also promised to post the links to the group,so here they are:

Thycotic is buzzing with Code Camp excitement and everyone has been submitting session proposals and coordinating topics. We should have a good showing from our team at the Code Camps with presentation topics ranging from Cryptography, Secure .NET Programming, NHibernate, DotLucene to RhinoMocks and Agile .NET.

Code Camps are a great way to learn about new technology and connect with your local developer community.

(If you are looking to join a developer team that encourages learning on a daily basis, pair programming and test driven development … we are hiring.)

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product,Secret Server, is a secure web-based solution for teams to secure their passwords. Where do you keep your passwords or do you use the same one everywhere (snicker)?

Yet Another Mid-Atlantic Code Camp – but AGILE!!! (April 14, 2007 8am-6pm)

February 26, 2007 1 comment

Do you breathe agile? Do your progress bars always turn green? Do you refactor in your sleep? Then I need you for the agile track … We are looking for attendees, speakers and volunteers! This is the first Mid-Atlantic Code Camp to have an official Agile track (and I am the track chair – woohoo!)

Attendees
Register here, now, just do it.

Speakers
What are you waiting for? Fill in this form and upload it here.

Volunteers
Send an email to volunteers at novacodecamp dot org

The official website for the Code Camp is here.

I have attended all of the previous Code Camps at Reston and they have been very worthwhile and havedrawncrowds of people and lots of cool prizes.

Jonathan Cogley is the CEO and founder of Thycotic Software, a .NET consulting company and ISV in Washington DC. Our product,Secret Server, is a secure web-based solution for teams to secure their passwords. Where do you keep your passwords or do you use the same one everywhere (snicker)?