An example of one of my least favorite projects

by MikeHogg16. May 2012 14:36

One of my least favorite projects where I had control over the outcome was my first WPF project. I had been doing aspnet web apps and winform apps for a few years. I hadn’t really learned a lot about patterns or architecture, but I was exposed to a senior consultant who had a particular effect on me. Under his influence, I started to open my eyes to new technology. I realized that I needed to accelerate my learning or my career was not going to go anywhere.

So among other things, I tried WPF for my next project instead of Winforms. The problem was, that I applied the event driven, static design of Winforms to WPF and it was not built for that.

Once I had invested enough time in the initial design and started to hit my first roadblocks, I realized that WPF was built to work against a pattern called MVVM, and I didn’t want to learn a new pattern on top of a new framework. I kept hitting roadblocks in UI development and each time I found solutions were always in MVVM and so they were not available to me. I ended up writing lots of hacks and disorganized code instead of learning about MVVM.

I delivered in nine months but it was a long nine months. My immediate next opportunity was a small deliverable, and I did that in WPF while learning MVVM, and realized my mistake. I was amazed at how easy it was if I used the correct pattern.  New technologies are as much, if not more, about patterns as they are about the nuts and bolts.

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Mike Hogg is a c# developer in Brooklyn.

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