Esoterica

A standard task I began placing in my projects lately is one that easily integrates with my build tool of choice (rake, psake, etc…) and when run, installs a git pre-commit hook into my local copy of the repo that will run tests before code is committ. I’ve fancied calling the task putOnAHelmet. Come checkout a small little github repo I started to keep track of various versions of this and feel free to open

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Esoterica

Clearly and concisely articulating oneself through writing can open professional opportunities you never even knew existed. That clarity and conciseness really only comes with practice, but we can all use some great tips to get us started. This quick-tips writing poster came through my email recently and I tracked down it’s creators, Kylie Hansen and Jon Lee. Both Kylie and Jon are Microsoft UX designers. I am getting the opportunity to work a lot with

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Source Control

If your not using source control for your coding projects, get off my lawn. 😛 (#JustHadToSayIt) Now that I’m only reaching people who use source control (serious developers), I’d like to ask that you focus hard to only commit changes that belong to a single topic at a time. Think SRP for code commits/check-ins. What is a topical commit? That almost looks like ‘tropical’ and wouldn’t it be nice to be in a tropical place

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Esoterica

Our team is thinking a lot about work boards right now. By work boards, I mean those information radiators in your hallways and team rooms you use to visualize your work.  Work boards could be anything from a formal Scrum Sprint Backlog to a Kanban board to a simple to-do list. Most of them are a variation on this theme: TO DO DOING DONE [item] [item] [item] [item] [item] [item] [item] For years I have

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Esoterica

There are a lot of screencasts, recordings of user group gatherings and conference talks available online. I try to commit myself watching at least two new talks every week, and I’ve been doing this for quite some time now. I created this list of online talks that I really enjoyed watching. I’ll also be updating this list whenever I’ve watched another *awesome* talk that is worthy enough. Suggestions are always appreciated through a pull request.

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Clojure

As mentioned in the previous blog post, I’ve been learning Clojure and I decided to do so while practicing a couple of coding katas. The second kata that I want to walk through is the bowling game. First, we needed to decide which testing framework to use. Our choice fell on Midje, whose syntax looked very compelling to me on first glance. So we added the following line to .lein/profiles.clj : {:user {:plugins [[lein-midje "3.0.0"]]}}

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Clojure

I’ve been learning more about the ins and outs of Clojure lately, so I decided to practice a couple of katas. The obvious first one is the Fizz Buzz kata. Here’s the code of my first take: (defn fizz? [number] (zero? (rem number 3))) (defn buzz? [number] (zero? (rem number 5))) (defn fizz-buzz? [number] (and (fizz? number) (buzz? number))) (defn fizz-buzz [number] (if (fizz-buzz? number) "fizzbuzz" (if (fizz? number) "fizz" (if (buzz? number) "buzz" number))))

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Esoterica

TL;DR Check out a dinky little Exception Message Beautifier site I threw together so you can quickly format .net exception messages and easily see the StackTrace.   Go to the site: CLICK HERE   Background Over the years, I’ve worked on projects where application exceptions were saved to a SQL database. When querying the logs in Visual Studio or in Sql Management Studio’s table view, I would get a result-set that would not let me

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