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Keith Nicholas
We are looking to hire someone with (but not necessarily all of!) :- - Good web skills Javascript / Html / CSS + any javascript frameworks Jquery / Knockout etc - ASP.NET MVC 4 (or earlier) - ASP.NET Webforms ( any exposure ) - SQL Server / NHibernate ( or other ORMs ) - Webservices -WPF ( we do a number of inhouse windows apps ) - A love of software ......

Just in case any of you missed this :- http://vimeo.com/36579366 The main idea is about having a ‘principle’ which drives all your actions. But more interesting is Brets particular principle which drives him. It’s a great watch. Some really good ideas on how we need to close the gap between ‘thinking’ ideas and being able to see the reality of those ......

So I’ve played with the developer preview of windows 8 today. I’m trying to like Metro. But, at least on the desktop, it feels wrong. In fact, its not really windows anymore. In the sense “windows” are less in favour compared to full screen apps. It really should be called Boxes 1.0 I played around a bit with the new visual studio with metro templates….. ......

This blog post is entirely trivial, but I just discovered it! As a keyboard centric guy I like to drive most of windows through the keyboard. One thing that’s always annoyed me in explorer is the difficulty of making a new folder. It used to be ALT-F W F ( and if you have tortisesvn is installed sometimes craziness will happen on certain folders). Basically ......

I think mostly people do intend that snippets they publish on their blogs get used by people for their own purposes. However, unless you explicitly say otherwise, in many countries, your blog posts are automatically copyrighted. Which normally is a good thing, it means you can’t accidently forget to protect your work! But it does mean that you need ......

I love stackoverflow, its great for finding answers for questions you need answered right away! Or its good to be able to help others get over annoying speed bumps. but Code Review ( http://codereview.stackexch... ) is a lot more interesting in terms of actually becoming a better programmer. You get to reflect on other peoples code, offer up alternative ......

I’ve released a new version of seatest which fixes some little bugs / flaws and also introduces global setup / teardowns. It can be found at http://code.google.com/p/se... I’ve found it really useful for the C based projects I’m working on. The only thing I think might be useful is some tools to help generate new tests / test fixtures / suites. In ......

"Styles tend to not only separate men - because they have their own doctrines and then the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But if you do not have a style, if you just say: Well, here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely? Now, that way you won't create a style, because style is a crystallization. ......

I’ve recently begun working on an embedded C project where the code has got pretty out of hand and I’m tasked with bringing some sanity to the code. It quickly reaffirms my main focus of good software development. Nice simple composable functions. Everything about good design boils down to writing good functions. Refactoring bad C to good C is a bit ......

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One of the new languages floating around…. Frink ( http://futureboy.homeip.net... ) Really interesting what you can do with this language in terms of calculating “real world” things. The sample calculations section I found really interesting and quite humorous with classics like :- Movie Magic In the movie Independence Day, the alien mother ......

Today I released an open source project for doing xUnit style unit testing. Recently I got roped into doing some embedded C code for a project and I wanted to TDD it. On investigating my unit testing framework options I ended up rolling my own as many frameworks were either too simple or trying to be too smart. While I’m generally happy with the general ......

In the past, I’ve had to put a type specific clone in each cloneable class, but with extension methods you can write a generic T specific clone class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { var b = new Blah() {X = 1, Y = 2}; var bb = b.Clone(); Console.WriteLine(string.Fo... {1}", bb.X, bb.Y)); } } public class Blah : ICloneable { public int ......

First up. Its actually really easy. I’m not very religious about my DB tech, I don’t really care, I just want something that works. So I’m happy to consider all options if they provide an advantage, and recently I was considering jumping from NHibernate to EF 4.0. However before ditching NHibernate and jumping to EF 4.0 I thought I should try the head ......

Now I’m not an expert in either of these techs. I have a nice framework for unit of work / repository built with NHibernate. Works pretty well. I use FluentNhibernate to do the mappings. Works well. Takes very little code to get going with a DB back OO model. So why swap? Linq. In Entity Framework you get much better linq support. Visibility. I have ......

I often use RDP to log into servers. A couple of issues I have had is that its a pain to get files onto the server from my PC at times, and, if there is something missing from the servers windows install, I can’t simply pop the DVD into remote server in some unknown location on the internet somewhere. The other day I was curious if RDP actually had ......

I was wanting to play around with something in a VM the other day. I was curious what was available for free, if anything, for windows. I quickly came across Virtual Box ( http://www.virtualbox.org/ ). Downloaded, Installed. No Problem! Works really nicely. It was commercial software (by sun (now oracle)) that turned open source. In terms of a license ......

Today I was asked to write a wee application for someone so that they could turn pages on their ebooks without having to reach for their keyboard or mouse… that way they could do craft or knit or whatever they are doing while they are reading. I vaguely remember that windows has something built in, but have never really played with it before. I have ......

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