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When is it time to create, rather than just learn?
I like to read and learn the newest programming approaches, especially web technologies. A lot of times, it feels like drinking from a firehose! My curiosity has been very helpful for my now 7.5 year career and I enjoy learning, but sometimes I wonder what the balance should be between reading/watching/listening versus doing. Brian and I had a conversation the other day on our Slack site: Me: We should setup another weekly lunch meeting to watch some Pluralsight on {insert latest JavaScript or C# ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2014 1:49 PM

Restructuring my work day to be more productive
I was recently at HDC 2014 (#HDC14 on Twitter) and a keynote by Jack Skeels from Agency Agile “Mastering Agile and write more code” was a great presentation on why Agile doesn’t always work and how we need to adapt it to our specific organizations. Why aren’t we more productive? One main take away for me was the idea of Flow (see the graph below, which I optimized for a smaller kb size, thanks to Mr. Morrell from AgencyAgile for the emailed permission to include it). If you’ve ever suddenly realized ......

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:48 PM

HDC 2014 – Technical Debt is Good*
I was able to go to the Heartland Developers Conference again this year. As always there was a lot of great speakers and it was a lot of fun. I’m going to do a few posts with notes I took from the presentations. Steve P. Green gave a great talk “Technical Debt is Good*”. I’ve written about Technical Debt before, but Steve explained it in a new light. He explained Technical Debt very well and then talked about how it can be used as a communication and development tool, as long as you identify and ......

Posted On Monday, September 8, 2014 6:48 PM

Problem Steps Recorder in Windows
I just found out a new to me tool, that’s been around for a long time, that could be very useful. It’s called Problem Steps Recorder. Go to the start menu and type in “psr” and hit enter. This pulls up a helpful tool that will take screen shots and let you enter comments to send for a bug report. I’ve found it in Windows 7, but it looks like it is in Windows 8 as well ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:24 PM

Technical Debt
If any of you don't know about the concept of Technical Debt in your projects, this is a good presentation about it and how to handle it. I think there is more to it than // TDODO. Some would say any code that doesn't have tests written for them is debt. Also the broken window analogy from the Pragmatic Programmer, where if you have bad code the whole thing can start to fall apart is a good one. Or if you have to do something quickly, and can't design or re-factor and much as you want, you might ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:09 PM

Useful VS Key shortcut – next build error

This is a quick post to share that ctrl+shift+12 will go to the next build error in Visual Studio (2013 for sure).

It’s been useful for me when refactoring and making a mess to clean up… hopefully that means I’m not doing something wrong :-).

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2014 11:43 AM

My user voice feedback for Visual Studio. It is hanging on testsettings editing.
If you have had Visual Studio hang when editing a testsettings file, please vote up my feedback to Visual Studio. http://visualstudio.uservoi... I run into this every time I have to update a testsettings file or change some properties on the Vm test agents. Thanks, Kevin ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:03 AM

Use LinqPad to Kill Windows Processes
You can use the TaskManager and right click processes or you can use taskkill /im myprocess.exe /f in the command line or you can use LinqPad. Open LinqPad, change to C# Statements, paste var processes = Process.GetProcessesByName(... processes.ForEach(p => p.Kill()); and click run. It will kill all msbuild.exe processes. Change the name as you need to. Process is in the System.Diagnostic.Process namespace ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:09 PM

Getting Started with Behavior Driven Development
In this post, I wanted to share some thoughts and resources that I’ve collected since learning about Behavior Driven Development (BDD) (as of June 2013). Thinking in BDD terms has really helped me in improving my software development and thinking through problems. I remember a day when it clicked. It was an exciting time for me and I don’t planning on going back to the old approach. My tendency is to dive into the code before thinking through things and that gets me into trouble. I’m also an optimistic ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:18 AM

Development Tools I use
I'm moving to a different location and computer for work, so for my own sake (and maybe yours) I'm documenting it here. http://www.elapser.net/Defa... Time tracking written in Silverlight by my friend David (www.t3rse.com). http://www.linqpad.net : I even bought a license last year Notepad++ Workrave - helps me remember to take breaks clipx - clipboard memory Evernote http://www.gunnars.com : Gunnar Optiks seem to help my tired eyes or a light prescription with reflective coating. This is an ......

Posted On Friday, July 27, 2012 2:43 PM

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