Bloated
26 Nov
2022

Refactoring Bloated Controllers with IServiceProvider

I have come into an ASP.NET MVC project that has a HomeController that takes at least 10 service arguments in its constructor. My first line of attack is to factor out the Action methods into separate controllers that only need a subset of the injected services to work properly. So, first and foremost I recognize […]

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29 Dec
2021

Life’s a Party: Analyzing Party Compositions for Combat – Encounters in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition through Monte Carlo Methods

Category:General Post

My son, Mason Starr, is a grad student at Georgia Tech in astrophysics or something similar that I can’t understand. In any case, he recently co-wrote a final paper for his graduate-level stats class with Michael Hauge. There’s a lot of math, but keep going. There are histograms with the word “Barbarian” in them for […]

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28 May
2021

An agile team is one that…

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I recently asked an open-ended question on LinkedIn. I asked people to complete the following sentence. An agile team is one that… The request got a lot of suggestions, and there are some I think particularly worth exploring. This post looks at my two favorite answers. Self-correcting Firstly, “An agile team is one that self-corrects,” […]

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5 Apr
2021

Testing Azure ARM templates is easier with ARM-TTK

Category:General Post

Editing Azure ARM templates can be a bit monotonous and especially so when you are deploying the template after each change just to see if your changes worked. ARM-TTK (ARM Test Toolkit) is a tool designed to help make that process a bit easier. Written in PowerShell, the scripts run a set of tests against […]

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8 Feb
2021

2021 PC Build List

Category:General Post

I haven’t built a machine in probably 15 years because laptops have been enough to function as my primary machine. While this has remained largely true, there are some high-end jobs my laptop just doesn’t have the horsepower to drive some workloads that I would like to work with. Example workloads include model training, data […]

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31 Oct
2020

The Rise of App Stores for Commercial Software

Category:General Post

App stores for mobile devices are ubiquitous. Few people think of heading to a software company’s website to download an app. They head for their mobile platform’s app store and they certainly don’t think of calling up a sales department to make an app purchase. The commoditization and disposability of apps is a significant part […]

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13 May
2020

3 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know

Category:Agile

Tomorrow at 8:00 Pacific join me, Gunther Verheyen and an expert panel to discuss our essays in Gunther’s book, 97 Thing Every #Scrum Practitioner Should Know. Gunther will read the essays, followed by Q&A from the attendees. My article is entitled “Automating Agility.” I hope you attend to learn what I mean by that. It’s probably not […]

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