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Caffeinated Coder A Grande, Triple Shot, Non-Fat Core Dump by Russell Ball August 2007 Entries
WatiN and the IEDevToolbar: The Dynamic Duo of Automated Web Testing
Several weeks ago I used WatiN (pronounced as What-in) to create a suite of automated GUI tests for an old internal ASP application that we were upgrading. Inspired by the popular ruby testing tool Watir, WatiN is an open source .NET wrapper around the Internet Explorer that you can reference in your test project and use to get access to all of the HTML elements on a web page. I was surpised by how easy it was to simulate a user typing text and clicking buttons and then check to see if the result ......

Posted On Friday, August 31, 2007 9:16 PM

Resharper Jedi Envy
I've finally been bitten by the Resharper bug and now I want to be a Resharper Jedi when I grow up like Ilya Ryzhenkov on this video. According to the JetBrains .NET Tool Blog, a Resharper Jedi is someone who "can code hella fast with ReSharper and blow productivity levels off the chart". I haven't heard any claims about Resharper being able to help me Jedi-mind-trick my way out of traffic tickets, but there sure is a lot of reverent blogosphere speak about people like Ayende who can code at the ......

Posted On Thursday, August 30, 2007 7:53 PM

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do...
Last Friday I gave my two weeks notice at the bank that I worked at for the last 5 years. At first it was very difficult to tell people. When I told my boss, I had roughly the same anxiety level that I had when I broke up with my last girlfriend. It actually took me two attempts to tell the CFO, who I run with on a regular basis. Nevertheless, the anxiety gradually faded into nonchalance, which then quickly slid into boredom. I am now hovering at annoyance and feel that I am about to plunge into ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 28, 2007 9:19 PM

Ode to the ALT.NET Conference Organizers
Yesterday I was lucky enough to grab one of the coveted spots for the upcoming ALT.NET Conference in Austin, Texas this October. The registration was capped at one hundred participants and appears to have filled up within the first few days of being announced. The organizers include several of my favorite bloggers (Ayende Rahien, Scott Bellware, Jeremy Miller, and Roy Osherove), so I am very excited about the opportunity to meet them and hear their thoughts on several issues that have caught my attention ......

Posted On Sunday, August 26, 2007 11:44 PM

Meeting Moths of the World, Unite!
…just do it over there and try to be quiet about it. I’ve got work to do. Anyone who has ever worked with me knows that I am not fond of meetings. I'd like to think that I have improved over the years, so it is not quite as apparent to people who don't know my body language well that I am getting impatient. I used to give ever-so-subtle hints like moving to the edge of my seat with my hands on the arms of the chair or throwing out the "...so is there anything else?" phrase with just the right intonation ......

Posted On Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:14 AM

One Month Progress Report on Being a Better Developer
One month ago, I joined the epic struggle of Justice Gray (a.k.a. "Justin the Metrosexual") to "change the world" by publically sharing my roadmap to becoming a better developer. Justice's own dubious plan involved reading one developer book a week for six months while presumably trying to prevent his brains ooze out of multiple orifices, a truly remarkable feat that should not to be attempted by anyone who has legitimate fears of losing cerebral tissue in a horribly sticky, uncomfortable manner. ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:04 PM

Vista Weather Gadget Broken?

I seem to have a morbid fascination with my Vista weather gadget today. Does anyone have eggs they would like me to fry on the sidewalk? Perhaps I'll start my own version of Badwater Ultra-Marathon...

 

Posted On Tuesday, August 14, 2007 4:58 PM

Confessions of an Aero Addict
When given a choice between style and substance in software, I usually opt for what I consider to be substantive qualities such as speed, functionality, usability, and cost. Since I never saw a sentence about Vista without the phrase "eye candy", I casually dismissed Microsoft's long-awaited OS release as fluff when it first came out and was in no hurry to jump aboard the upgrade band-wagon. Well despite my valiant effort at indifference, I am ashamed to admit that I have finally succumbed to the ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 12:18 PM

He Likes to Run for Fun in the Hot, Hot Sun
The heat index was over a hundred today when I ran one of my regular six mile routes. This summer has actually been pretty mild by Kansas standards (last summer we had 14 days that were over one hundred degrees). Having grown up in Michigan, I do my share of complaining about Kansas summers and generally try to avoid the heat whenever possible except when it comes to running. For some inexplicable reason, I am partial to noon runs when it is over a hundred degrees and sweat gushes from every one ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 11:13 PM

Error Message Surrealism
A co-worker came across this error message in a Microsoft Knowledgebase Article while doing some research on how to implement a password expiration policy using the .NET Membership provider: Error Message: Your Password Must Be at Least 18770 Characters and Cannot Repeat Any of Your Previous 30689 Passwords I'm going to ask Microsoft to please remove this link before they give our audit department any ideas...:-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 7, 2007 3:36 PM

Boo: Not as Scary as it Sounds
I'm a little bit tired today because I stayed up late the last couple of nights working my way through the Boo Primer on codehaus. I think I first heard about this relatively young (2003), open source .NET language through various posts by Ayende and Hanselman. I was intrigued by the some of the adjectives that I commonly heard in relation to this language such as 'beautiful' and 'wrist-friendly', so I incorporated learning Boo into my 6 Month Roadmap to becoming a better developer. If nothing else, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 7, 2007 1:14 PM

The July 2007 Caffeinated Codey Winners are...
It occurred to me today that the techie blogosphere will never truly be mainstream until it has it's own version of Oscars and Emmies that recognizes the truly memorable blog posts. In the spirit of blogo-democracy, I thought I would just kick-start things myself by creating my own award which I will call the 'Caffeinated Codey" (it's my award so I get to pick...). The lucky recipients of these awards will not only be rocketed into certain geek stardom by the increased exposure that I provide through ......

Posted On Saturday, August 4, 2007 12:52 AM

Powershell Basic Training Program
If you decide to run a marathon, one of the first things you have to do is choose a training program. Training programs prescribe incremental steps that you'll need to take in order to attain your goal. In running, this usually involves gradually increasing your weekly mileage and long distance runs for several months before the race. Training programs are usually categorized as beginning, intermediate, or advanced based on your experience and goals. After giving my first presentation on Powershell ......

Posted On Thursday, August 2, 2007 7:51 AM

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