Charlie Poole


Welcome to my new website, which will include both personal and software-related posts going forward. I'm gradually moving pages here - see the Site Status page for details.

The Pooles of Richmond Hill

For me, "the Pooles" will always mean my father's family. Their quirks dominated much of my childhood and things about them still come back to haunt me today. My dad, Charles Thomas Poole, was one of 13 brothers and sisters, all shown in the picture.

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NUnit Engine Version Conflicts in Visual Studio

There have been some issues filed recently about exceptions being thrown when running NUnit tests under the VS test window. In many cases, they result in trying to install two different versions of the NUnit Engine into the same project directory. I'll try to explain how the problem arises and what to do about it.

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The Ebb and Flow of Open Source

I'm in the process of moving many of my old posts to a new website - this one - and that involves thinking about some things I have not thought of in years.

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It's the Tests

It's the Tests was my blog about Agile software development, Extreme Programming and Test Driven Development for many years. I have gone through the posts and included those that I feel may still be of interest under the "It's the Tests" tag on this site. The entries have been edited lightly, to fix broken links. I have kept some comments and removed others tht no longer seem relevant today.

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The Two Minnies

My paternal grandmother, Mary Head Poole died in 1944. I was born in 1942 so I don't actually remember her, but photos show that we did indeed meet. For a long time, I knew nothing very little about her. Thanks to US Census records, I learned about her life after marrying my grandfather in 1896, but I still knew nothing about her parents.

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Is XP Unsuitable for a Diverse Team?

A post on Twitter claimed that Agile won't work for a heterogeneous team because it's practices were developed by a "bunch of white dudes." While that isn't something I want to believe, the comments indicated that many folks did believe it. When a large body of opinion contradicts my assumptions, I like to pause for thought.

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What's With NUnit 2.6.5?

Some folks have expressed surprise at my release of NUnit 2.6.5. Their surprise is no surprise, given that the NUnit framework is now at version 3.10.1!

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Microtests and Test Frameworks

I'm a big fan of microtests - both the term and the thing itself. My friend Hill coined the term quite a while back and I felt it completely solved the problem of ambiguity we agile folks were having when we talked about unit tests in front of people who understood the term in the way it was used 30 or more years ago.

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Future of NUnit

A while back I began to have some concern about the future of NUnit. I was entering my 70s and I knew I wanted to spend more time on other things. NUnit had been very much my project for a few years and I didn't want it to die when I was no longer maintaining it.

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NUnit-Summary Becoming an "Official" NUnit Application

UPDATE: I'm leaving the post here but the action described has been reversed and the project continues to live at https://github.com/charliepoole/nunit-summary

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