Thursday, November 29, 2007

xUnit Patterns and the Mid-Missouri XP Meeting

The Mid-Missouri XP (Extreme Programming) group meeting last night was quite enjoyable. James Carr led the meeting. James Carr's great experience with test frameworks and Software Development in general really showed through in a positive light.

We dove right into Gerard Meszaros' XUnit Test Patterns site at and specifically We covered Test Stub, Test Spy, Mock Object, Fake Object, and much more.

I put forth the questions: What are the essential Test Patterns? Where is the UML Distilled version of Test Patterns? The answer was Fake Object and Test Stub will get you to where you want to be 95% of the time.

There was much discussion too. The people who attended had dived into various things and were just great people too. We swapped stories of experience and various technologies that we have explored. Since many people there used Java, one great example of a test framework that was mentioned is JMock.

(You can hook up with what the Mid-Missouri XP group is doing at : In the group, there is a post about the meeting from James Carr )

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Check My Pulse Via The Plaxo Pulse Lifestream Widget

To add the Plaxo Pulse Lifestream Widget to your blog that is located on
  • Go to
  • Sign in (log into) your account
  • Click the "Layout" link of the blog you want to add the Plaxo Pulse Widget to
  • If not already active/selected, click on the "Template" tab
  • If not already active/selected, click on "Page Elements" sub-tab
  • You should be at the "Add and Arrange Page Elements" screen
  • Copy the HTML you got from activating your Plaxo Pulse Widget (Need the HTML? go to , (sign in) and click on 'Create a "lifestream" widget' Follow the directions.)
  • Again on the "Add and Arrange Page Elements" screen, click "Add a Page Element" link - located on the right hand of the screen
  • A window pops up with "Choose a New Page Element" at the top
  • Click the "ADD TO BLOG" button on the page in the "HTML/JavaScript" section
  • You'll see a screen which says "Title" and "Content".
  • Paste the HTML into the "Content" section
  • Go back up to where it says "Title" and give this widget a title. Mine is "My Plaxo Pulse"
  • Hit the "SAVE CHANGES" button.
  • See the "Page element added" text now at the top of your web page screen.
  • Click on "View Blog" or navigate to your blog via and click "View Blog"
  • See your Plaxo Pulse Lifestream Widget on your blog!
  • To see mine (Michael Finney blog) look at
  • My Plaxo Pulse Lifestream widget is titled "My Plaxo Pulse" although the text "Check My Pulse" is more prominent with its white text on a blue background.
Enjoy. Feel free to ask questions and do not forget to ask and Plaxo Pulse ( ) for help as well if you need it.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Gateway Jug in St. Louis

I visited the Gateway JUG in St. Louis. I enjoyed the pizza, people, and topics. The topic of the evening was Web 2.0.

There's so much that a person gets from going to such events. Undoubtedly, a person is exposed to tips and other technologies as a result. I plan on going to the Gateway JUG again.