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New bloggers

The web just got a little more interesting. A few of my colleagues have started blogging. Three brilliant, fun minds. Can’t wait to see what they have to say! Welcome Kris, Wendy & Robert.

Simplicity Law 11

Simplicity Law 11: If you want to understand simplicity and your software better, spend a morning with someone who has spent years thinking about simplicity.

John Maeda is the author of the Laws of Simplicity and Associate Director of the MIT Media Lab. He’s also a down-to-earth, brilliant dude who grokked what we’re trying to do with Ript very quickly and suggested some fascinating directions we might take the application.

What is Ript, you ask? Great question. I can’t wait to tell you… but the time is not yet ripe. Hit the website and sign up for the beta if you’re curious.

Gotham Ruby Conference 2007 Announced

The cat’s out of the bag. New York City’s first ever Ruby conference is happening Saturday, April 21st. I’ve been helping with the planning and arrangements, and I’m confident that the Gotham Ruby Conference (affectionately known as GoRuCo) is going to be a great event. Subscribe to the GoRuCo RSS, and we’ll keep you up to date!

eXtreme Tuesday Club, NYC Chapter

Mike Roberts is kicking off a new gathering of New York-area agilists:

The original eXtreme Tuesday Club is a weekly gathering of eXtreme Programming practitioners that has taken place in London for 8 years or so. It has provided a great community for like-minded software developers, managers and coaches to get together in a very informal way to discuss the ups and downs of using XP and other agile Software Development methods on a wide variety of projects in all sorts of organisations.

I (Mike Roberts) got a lot out of London’s XTC when I lived there. Even though I wasn’t a ‘regular’ I still found it a great place to pop along to every now and then when I was in the mood. I miss the informality / beer / random banter that it provided so I’ve decided to kick off a similar event here in New York City. I’m not sure if the US / UK cultures are aligned enough that it will work, but you don’t know if you don’t try.

The first one is Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 at Heartland Brewery in Union Square. See you there!

ASP.NET – The HTTP verb POST used to access path … is not allowed

Here’s my contribution to the search engine troubleshooter’s knowledge base.

I was trying to fire up an ASP.NET web service (.asmx) on my development machine after several months of not using it. I was getting the error:

“The HTTP verb POST used to access path ‘[my web service’s URL]’ is not allowed”.

I eliminated the problem by removing the mapping of ‘*’ to aspnet_isapi.dll in my IIS settings. I had introduced this while experimenting with URL Rewriting and Castle MonoRail.

Hope that helps someone!

Mocks Aren’t Stubs Updated

Martin Fowler has updated his paper “Mocks aren’t Stubs” to better explain the difference between the classic TDDer and the mockist TDDer. These two schools are often so fundamentally different that a practioner of one doesn’t even understand how the other would work effectively. This paper does a great job presenting each philosophy.

I’m a mockist. I’m slightly uneasy about my position, only because some of the most talented developers I know are classicists. In various conversations, however, I have yet to hear an argument that sways me.

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