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Do Unto Others…

I just read an excellent blog post by David Nimmo, called “Thinking of the next developer“, in which he shares a wonderful example of how a few moments of extra care can turn a complex and ugly function into one … Continue reading

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Smelling code versus tasting it.

Trying to teach people the difference between “good” code and “bad” code is sometimes tricky. The science vs. art conundrum often gets in the way. One metaphor that many people turn to is that of “code smells”. The idea is … Continue reading

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Radical Transparency

I just read a counter-intuitively fascinating article about a brand-new software tool called Eyebrowse – a tool, developed at MIT, which “lets users make their browsing history public.” The tool was not designed as an accountability system (users can selectively … Continue reading

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NP-complexity for Dummies (like me)

Despite all the computational theory that I have studied over the years, the definitions of P, NP, NP-hard, and NP-complete have always been fuzzy in my mind. But I think I’m finally getting the hang of it, and I want … Continue reading

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Using Outlook Emails for ToDo lists

Here’s a simple productivity tip that I came up with recently… At work I basically live in Outlook, so I’m not interested in introducing another application to handle my “ToDo” list. However, I’ve never been particularly fond of the Task … Continue reading

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Resume Tips (Not that I am Preparing One at the Moment)

Just read this helpful suggestion from Yvan Rodrigues over in CodeProject. I particularly like his description of a “skills grid”: My resume is 13 pages. As ridiculous as that sounds, I get a very high interview rate and usually before … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 2014: A Taste of Things to Come…

While I’m not ready to jump ship from VS2012 just yet, the just-released VS2014 CTP3 has some pretty cool features (Expand the DetailsgTechnology Improvements items on that page). Some highlights*: · Custom Layouts to make it easy for you to … Continue reading

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