James Michael Hare

...hare-brained ideas from the realm of software development...
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Welcome to my blog! I'm a Sr. Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA. I've been doing C++/C#/Java development for over 18 years, but have definitely learned that there is always more to learn!

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July 2012 Entries

Little Wonders and the St. Louis Days of .NET - Just 2 Weeks Away!
It's only 2 weeks until the start of the St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 and I'm very excited to be a speaker again this year! This marks the 5th year of STLDODN and it has been awesome to watch it grow into a truly wonderful .NET conference, and a great deal for the money (only $250). If you haven't heard of them before, check them out at at stlouisdayofdotnet.com and I hope to see you there!This year, I'll be presenting my Little Wonders of .NET presentation again, as well as a new follow-up presentation ......

Posted On Thursday, July 19, 2012 11:40 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ My Blog C# Software .NET ]

C#/.NET Little Wonders - Is There Interest in a Kindle/Printed Version?
A friend on Twitter pointed out that Amazon has a self-publishing feature for both printed materials and Kindle books. Been debating on creating a Kindle version of my Little Wonders collection. What do you folks think, is this a worthy endeavor? Do you think there'd be enough interest for the product to warrant the effort? What about the printed book? I was originally thinking I'd do the Kindle version and avoid the printing on demand version but wanted to put it up to you folks who actually consume ......

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2012 9:49 AM | Comments (20) | Filed Under [ My Blog C# Software .NET ]

C#/.NET Little Wonders: The Nullable<T> struct
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders posts can be found here. There are many times in .NET where we have an instance of a value type that we need to treat as optional. That is, we may want to consider its value as being supplied or missing. The System.Nullable<T> structure in the .NET Framework can be used to represent ......

Posted On Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:10 PM | Comments (12) | Filed Under [ My Blog C# Software .NET ]

Microsoft Visual C# MVP 2012
I was informed on July 1st, 2012 that I was awarded a Microsoft Visual C# MVP recognition for 2012. This is my second year now, and I'm doubly thankful to have been nominated and selected, and thankful that you guys all find my posts informative and useful! Even though life has thrown me some curve balls in this past last year, I look forward to continuing my posts (especially the Little Wonders) as much as possible!Thanks again ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2012 10:47 AM | Comments (13) | Filed Under [ My Blog C# Software .NET ]

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