November, 2005

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

More on Poetry Magnets

Continuing the exercise of interpreting magnets with words attached to a surface, I’ve published a second installment of the series. In Poetry Magnets: Second Verse I refactor the first solution to take positioning into account.

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Monday, November 21st, 2005

NUnit for .Net 2.0 – Do We Really Need It?

The NUnit 2.2.3 release contains two versions of each download: one built with .Net 1.1, one with .Net 2.0. So, what’s the deal? Do we need separate versions? And which version do you need? I’ll try to explain…

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

NUnit 2.2.3 Released

NUnit 2.2.3 is now out. You can get it at our SourceForge site. The release notes are available here.

So far, only the .msi file is available. It’s built with VS2003 but, as always, will run on .Net 2.0 – including the RTM. The zipped binaries and source will follow in the next few days, depending on how much connectivity I have while I’m travelling.

A version built against .NET 2.0 is in the cards, but we’re still looking at alternative ways to organize the releases.

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Article: Poetry Magnets

In an earlier post, I mentioned that I was working on a problem that was suggested by Bill Wake on the TestDrivenDevelopment mailing list.

The idea is that you have a set of magnets with words on them. People put these on their refrigerators and arrange them to form sentences and even poetry. How could we write a program to take a set of magnet positions and content, producing as output the text that they form? Humans put them together quite readily, even though the alignment is not precise. We could do some algorithm development up front, but I think this is an interesting problem for TDD.

I’m writing up the steps I take to solve it as I go along. Poetry Magnets: First Verse is the first installment.

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Monday, November 7th, 2005

When You Don’t Have a Framework

We forget sometimes how easy it is to write tests – even without a framework. I was sitting in a cafe, working on my new laptop. It’s an Acer Ferrari 4000 that I’m very happy with, but I haven’t completely set it up yet.

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Sunday, November 6th, 2005

The Death of NUnit – Will it be Ice?

A recent post on the NUnit Open Discussion Forum on Sourceforge asked “Is NUnit Dead?” I have to admit: the question irked me a bit. But reflecting on it has led me to a few conclusions that I’ll share here.

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