July 2007 - Posts

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Being a better developer by studying other peoples code by Bil Simser

The course is wrapped up and I have 2 more entries to get out. Next week I'm at the Edmonton User Group to present about Fit and DDD so catch me there if you're in town. As the course winds down my brain is still in overdrive thinking about things, both...
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Fonts and Colours by Bil Simser

A lot of people have been asking me about my Visual Studio settings, as I tend to favor a black background over the traditional white. Traditional. Heh. Remember the DOS days when it was all black? Guess that's just my old school showing through, but...
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Nothin but .NET - Tips and Tricks - Day 3 by Bil Simser

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Oh we need coffee. Okay, got it now we're ready. It's been a crazy week and it's getting crazier. JP is coding at about 8,000 words and using about 40,000 ReSharper shortcuts per minute now. He's also talking at about 10,000 words...
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Being descriptive in code when building objects by Bil Simser

As we're working through the course, I've been struggling with some constructors of objects we create. For example, in the first couple of days the team was writing unit tests around creating video game objects. This would be done by specifying a whack...
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Nothing but .NET - Tips and Tricks - Day 2 by Bil Simser

It's the second day here with JP and crew. Yes, posting on the 4th day isn't quite right is it, but 12 hours locked up in a room with JP is enough to drive anyone to madness. Really though, it's just completely draining and for me I have an hour transit...
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Nothin but .NET course - Tips and Tricks - Day 1 by Bil Simser

I'm currently popping in and out of Jean-Paul Boodhoo 's Nothin but .NET course for the week and having a blast. We brought JP in-house to the company I'm at right now for his .NET training course, which is arguably probably the best .NET course out there...
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Another soul for the collective by Bil Simser

Like John Lam and others before him, Scott Hanselman has been absorbed into the collective and ceased to become an MVP and RD. He's now a Blue Badge and will be starting his quest with the Blue Monster in September. Congrats Scott!
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Cool Tools: Taskbar Shuffle by Bil Simser

Something that should be inherently built into Windows (does Vista have this?), the ability to drag and drop icons around on your taskbar. Free and simple to use. Check it out here .
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Looking for some Code Review Tools by Bil Simser

I'm looking around for some tools to help us with code reviews. Currently code reviews are setup every couple of weeks, reviewers are sent into the codebase to pick what they want to review (we had been giving them chunks but I felt that put us at a disadvantage...
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eScrum, part deux by Bil Simser

Microsoft has come out with an update to what I consider their Gong Show release of eScrum . The new version (v1.0 as opposed to v1, go figure) has the following fixes: MSI to provide a prerequisites separately during installation Provided start menu...
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