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Thinking about Productive Work as a Software Developer
Since I started my career as a Software Developer about 7 years ago, I’ve realized that perception of what a valuable use of my time while at work has changed. Scott Hanselman blogged his productivity tips which got me thinking about this more. Meetings I have many times grumbled when a new meeting pops up in Outlook. I have been a part of a lot of time wasting meetings, but there are several that are very useful. Daily stand ups or Scrums are essential to keep everyone on the same page. Retrospectives ......

Posted On Thursday, April 3, 2014 11:57 AM

Benefits of Behavior Driven Development
Continuing my previous article on BDD, I wanted to point out some benefits of BDD and since BDD is an extension of Test Driven Development (TDD), you get those as well. I’ll add another article on some possible downsides of this approach. There are many articles about the benefits of TDD and they apply to BDD. I’ve pointed out some here and copied some of the main points for each article, but there are many more including the book The Art of Unit Testing by Roy Osherove. ......

Posted On Friday, July 26, 2013 10:44 AM

A co-worker (Scott) sent out this email and it was so good I asked him if I could share it with all of you. I changed the latitude and longitude to random locations to protect the innocent. “Stumbled across this method this morning while coding all the math out by hand to calculate distances. This one is definitely worth filing away for future reference, saved me a ton of work. This was added in v4 of the framework, and is in the core framework install, so should work in services as well as client ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:30 AM

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. Time tracking written in Silverlight by my friend David ( : I even bought a license last year Notepad++ Workrave - helps me remember to take breaks clipx - clipboard memory Evernote : 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

Macro to Add using System.Linq
I have Visual Studio 2010 setup to remove and sort settings on save with the Power Commands extensions. This is great, but sometimes it removes the using System.Linq at the top. I also find myself scrolling to the top to add the using when I first add System.Linq. So I wrote a quick macro to do it for me. Sub AddUsingLinq() DTE.ActiveDocument.Selectio... DTE.ActiveDocument.Selectio... DTE.ActiveDocument.Selectio... = ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:18 PM

Speed up your Silverlight Debugging for large projects

Speed up your Silverlight development by avoiding to have to build all projects in a solution.

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2011 3:53 PM

A quicker way to work with Resx files in Silverlight

Ease the pain of working with Resource files in Silverlight by using a macro.

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2011 12:55 PM

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