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Caffeinated Coder A Grande, Triple Shot, Non-Fat Core Dump by Russell Ball October 2007 Entries
The October 2007 Caffeinated Codey Winners Are...
It's time for the next installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards, where the link love flows for my favorite posts from the month. For Best Software As RoadKill Analalogy...Ben Scheirman on Don't Make Squirrel Burgers. The next time your boss tries to haggle you over the estimate, just pull out Ben's squirrel burger story. If that doesn't work, you may want to just feed your boss a squirrel burger when he's not looking, thereby earning you a several day deadline extension as he recovers ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 31, 2007 7:19 AM

Scott Guthrie Gets an Image Makeover
I met a lot of amazing people at the ALT.NET conference, but the one that impressed me the most was Scott Guthrie. Besides being one of the nicest and most unassuming alpha-geeks I've ever met, he had an uncanny understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of not only Microsoft technologies, but a vast array of other technologies, languages, and open source frameworks. In some ways, the ALT.NET Conference was the ultimate testament to the effectiveness of his soft-spoken style. Despite presenting ......

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2007 1:20 PM

What Do Underpants Gnomes and Rob Conery Have in Common?
No, the fact that Rob Conery may or may not be partial to stealing underwear is not the commonality I had in mind . So what is their connection? First a little background for those of you not familiar with either of these characters. For the culturally illiterate among you, the underpants gnomes are characters from a classic South Park episode that satirizes Starbucks, large corporations, and people who assume mom and pop shops are inherently better than giant corporate chains like Starbucks. The ......

Posted On Sunday, October 28, 2007 5:30 PM

Need X-mas Idea for your Little Commando Princess?
May I suggest the Glambo Signature Series "My Little Pony" M4A1 carbine with forward handgrip and AN-PVS4 night vision sight? You might want to also consider the Good Luck Bear Molle-compatible modular armored vest for those urban warfare play dates. For more pure surreal goodness you can visit GlamGuns.com. Start saving your pennies ......

Posted On Saturday, October 27, 2007 1:04 AM

Binary Humor
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Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 12:15 AM

The Resharper Challenge: What if You Could Only Have 7 Features?
I was working with someone who doesn't have ReSharper today and I noticed for the first time that I have developed some feature addictions because I actually winced when I watched him fully type out a property and then manually do an "extract method" refactoring. This surprised me since I have only really been consistently using ReSharper for the last month and am still far from my goal of becoming a ReSharper Jedi. Nevertheless, the dozen or so keystrokes that I have mastered and consistently use ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 12:28 AM

What are your Seven Essential Practices?
Ayende started a thread in the ALT.NET newsgroup asking participants what practices they deemed absolutely necessary on a project. In other words, if you were to start in a shop that had none of the current "best practices" in place, which ones would you spend your political capital on trying to get into place first. If I only had enough time, money, and political capital to accomplish seven things, I would choose the following: Test Driven Development: This is the one practice that I can't really ......

Posted On Friday, October 19, 2007 11:07 PM

In Praise of MbUnit
I've played with MbUnit before and was immediately impressed, but I haven't tried using it on a project until today. I was surprised by how quickly and easily I was able to convert all of my NUnit tests. All I had to do was switch the references from NUnit.Framework to MbUnit.Framework and then do a quick find and replace for my using statements. After that everything magically worked. Kudos to the MbUnit team for not pulling an 'MSTest' move and renaming all the attributes and keywords. Best of ......

Posted On Friday, October 19, 2007 5:22 PM

A New Name For Caffeinated Coder Jr.
Thanks to Dewayne Christensen, I have finally picked a name for Caffeinated Coder Jr. (or Little Miss Caffeinated Coder), who is due to arrive at the end of March. If it is a boy, we were thinking of naming him Alexander, but now I'm going to give my wife the hard sell on naming him "Alexander;); Drop Table Students;--". I got the idea from this comic he sent me from xkcd.com ......

Posted On Thursday, October 18, 2007 2:39 PM

Geeking Out The Old School Way
I've been spending a little too much time reading blogs over the last several months and am starting to crave some more in-depth study, so I decided that I am going to be "old-school" and try to spend more time reading books instead. What I'm Reading Now Here are the three books that I have been bouncing back and forth between lately. As you can tell, I am a little ADD as far as books are concerned and rarely read one at a time (probably why I like blogs so much). On the positive side, I stay motivated ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:09 PM

The Foiling: More Tales of Birthday Antics in the Workplace
I just discovered that the birthday prank I wrote about last week is actually somewhat of a tradition around here. In order to commemorate the last week of a fellow employee who was leaving, an email was recently circulated that reminisced about some of the more memorable moments during his three year tenure. Here is an excerpt from the email along with some of the picture that were included. …as many have come to see first-hand recently, birthdays at SF can be challenging for the birthdayee. So ......

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2007 7:55 PM

Quarterly Expresso Shot: The Best of Caffeinated Coder So Far
Just to clarify, I am blatantly stealing this idea from Max Pool at codesqueeze. I met Max at the Alt.Net conference last weekend and had some really interesting conversations about blogging with him. He started his blog about the same time I did and is enjoying it just as much as I am. The one rather significant difference is that he also has a passion for the art of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and has created a very interesting and highly polished blog that has gotten all kinds of <blogEnvy>technorati ......

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2007 7:58 AM

Calling All Future Guest Bloggers
Do you think you have a good blog post in your, but aren't ready for the commitment of maintaining a blog yourself? I'd like to open up my blog for a couple of guest posts each month. Send your masterpiece prose to rt_ball@yahoo.com along with a few sentences about yourself and possibly even a picture, then I'll display it for my vast readership to admire. Ok...so at least I'll read it. I am still relatively new to the world of blogging, but for what it is worth, here are a few questions that I have ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2007 11:51 PM

Does Your Passion Invigorate or Irritate?
Being passionate about your work has emerged as one of the core values in the ALT.NET community. I agree that encouraging developers to be passionate about their craft is probably the most effective way to improve our collective developer skills. It takes a lot of time and effort to learn to write software well and the fact of the matter is that nobody will be motivated to do it unless they are first able to nurture or rekindle the basic passion that causes coding to be fun. I also think that it ......

Posted On Sunday, October 14, 2007 1:33 AM

An Enron Inspired Birthday Surprise
I would like to wish Jacob Shafton from StoreFinancial a most festive birthday today! When I came in this morning, this is what I saw in his cube. The opening was closed with Saran wrap and the cube was filled nearly to the top with shredded paper (we'll call it Enron confetti). Keep in mind that he is well liked here. I hate to see what they do to people who get on their bad side ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2007 8:38 AM

ALT.NET Conference: How Concurrency is Like a Killer Rabbit and Other True Tales
I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but there were a few places where I might have slightly exaggerated in my last post. For example, the Alt.NET exclusivity test we had to take really only had about 5,000 and not 6,000 questions on it and Scott Bellware did not actually carry a sword when he came out in his gladiator costume like the now famous photo suggests (the power of Photoshop). I sincerely apologize if I have shaken your faith in the veracity of my investigative reporting. As ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:33 AM

ALT.NET Conference: The Geek Paparazzi Uncover Real Controversy
There have been a lot of criticisms of ALT.NET by bloggers like Colin Ramsay who claim that the nascent movement is elitist, divisive, and exclusive. Several of the attendees have balked at this view, but I will offer conclusive proof that the truth is much more dire than outsiders like Colin could have ever imagined. Here are shocking photos from the ALT.NET conference that prove just how far these ALT.NET'ers are willing to go to keep the movement pure and free of Morts. Scott Belware's first order ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 10, 2007 1:56 AM

ALT.NET Conference: The Verdict on the Open Space Conference Format
[NOTE: First of many posts on the ALT.NET conference in Austin that I attended this weekend] Initial Doubts - Before I left for the ALT.NET conference, one of my co-workers mentioned that he had visited the conference site and was a little "under-whelmed" by the agenda. I must admit that his comment caused me to suddenly doubt the wisdom of my decision to attend the event. I was used to large, well-organized conferences like Tech Ed and VSLive where you had hundreds of detailed abstracts to choose ......

Posted On Monday, October 8, 2007 8:14 AM

Fake Steve Jobs 1, MicroBorg and Freetards 0
The spoof blog The Secret Diaries of Steve Jobs has the best news summary of the recent debate over Microsoft's motivation behind releasing the source code for the 3.5 framework. It's concise, insightful, and most importantly hilarious. With all the animosity and paranoia constantly floating between Microsoft and the Open Source Community, I almost forgot that there is another rather large group that hates both the MicroBorg AND the freetards. As an aside, why doesn't Apple, or any other 3rd party ......

Posted On Friday, October 5, 2007 12:39 AM

The Echo Chamber Challenge
What started out as a simple blogging research effort quickly degenerated into a quest that was part endurance challenge and part existential masochism. I successfully completed a 50 mile ultra-marathon last year, but the mental and physical stamina required for that feat of endurance pales in comparison to this one. I challenge you to read through the entire comment section of Scott Guthrie's blog post announcing that Microsoft will be releasing the source code for the 3.5 framework and read every ......

Posted On Thursday, October 4, 2007 3:48 AM

Taking Another Look at BDD
When I first heard about Behavior Driven Development, I dismissed it as a trivial re-branding of TDD (Test-Driven Development). I figured that either someone was getting way too anal about "getting the words right" or else a concerted effort was being made to make TDD more palatable to the skeptics in the same way that Agile made Extreme Programming principles more mainstream through the magic of less controversial language. It's hard not to be cynical about re-branding efforts when you've had to ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:03 AM

The September 2007 Caffeinated Codey Winners are...
Finally, the moment has arrived that you've all been anxiously awaiting. Welcome to the 3rd monthly installment of the Caffeinated Codey awards where I recognize some of my favorite posts from the past month. As always, the lucky winners will receive a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage of their choice if we should ever meet. This month's winners are... For Most Likely to Incite a Violent PETA Riot...Justice Gray for his post Javascript raped my dog, and other falsehoods. It seems barely a day goes ......

Posted On Monday, October 1, 2007 12:43 AM

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