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I have been doing Software Architecture for 16 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few. Along with architecture I usually find as part of each gig, if not the main focus of each gig, process implementation or at least process improvement is required. It is not easy keeping up the latest technologies, processes, architectural techniques, and enterprise architecture framework improvements. I am a firm believer that to be an architect, you must also be an experienced developer. I do not believe in the hands off architect role and wish the Ivory Tower Architects would stop claiming to be Architects. They are theorist not architects. Modeling, Governance, and documenting are part of the architect's job, but in order to produce valuable artifacts you need to be getting your hands dirty. I also run into a ton of Googler-Developers. Meaning they have no idea why ... (more)

Book Review: Learning Cocoa with Objective-C

This book is a nice concise no nonsense introduction to Objective-C. This book is different than most of the Objective-C books I have read in that it uses Cocoa and Cocoa Touch to teach the language. The book starts out covering the developer programs, Xcode, Object-Oriented Programming with Objective C, and the Foundation library. It then has a chapter on the contents of iOS and OS X applications and how they are each packaged. This is a must read chapter for those coming from a Windows background. The book continues to cover a ton of topics. I have listed the chapters included ... (more)

Book Review: Programming iOS 7

When I read the Programming iOS 5 version of this book about 2 years ago I started my review off with the paragraph below. A little background so you know what type of experience I have. I have been a Microsoft .NET architect and developer since the first beta release. Before that C, C++, ColdFusion, ASP, JavaScript and of course HTML. Being a .NET developer has many advantages, but the one major disadvantage we suffer has driven me to Java and Objective-C over the past year. That one disadvantage? Microsoft themselves. They come off as completely lost and have wreaked havoc on .... (more)

Programming Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Book Review

This is the ASP.NET book a .NET Software Architect wants by their side. Not that it isn't good for a developer also, it just really focuses on all the things a .NET Software Architect needs to know about the technical aspects of ASP.NET 4. This book covers all its material in-depth. A lot of the material is for advanced ASP.NET programmers. The author gives this warning at the beginning of the book. The book has complete chapters on ASP.NET and IIS, Configuration, HTTP Handlers, Modules, and Routing, Core Server Controls, Input Forms, Data Binding, HTTP Request Context, State Man... (more)

Book Review: The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard for Java

I really like the CERT books. This one is no different, however, it is not one to read from cover to cover, at least not for me. It contains a catalog of rules for programming secure java code. What I have been doing is using it to look up rules about topics found in other resources that I have been using to learn the java environment. Although the book contains a great index, there is an online version of this book which is really nice. It contains a really sweet search. I have been using that a lot to find the topics I am interested in, marking them in the book, and then readin... (more)