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C#'s Unsung Hero

I was updating some legacy Windows C++ code last night and the pain of using it hit me like a ton of bricks. In particular, the string handling was a nightmare. Here are all the...

Links - 2008-05-04

Seems like there is a lot more to read as of late on the Web. Either that or I’m just bored. StuffSafe - Online home inventory. I made the mistake of using Microsoft Money’s home...

Using Attributes to Exclude Code from Coverage in TestDriven.Net

There are times when you don’t want your coverage level penalized for code not covered. Often this occurs with code that is produced from a code generator. Since TestDriven.Net invokes NCover with the //ea CoverageExcludeAttribute...

Commonly Botched Interview Questions

Lately, I’ve had to do a some interviewing for new positions that have opened up here. My interview style is to not ask too many questions and to try and get the candidate to talk...

C# 2.0 ?? Operator

I’m surprised how many of my colleagues don’t know about this little operator. Termed the null coalescing operator, it returns the left hand operand if not null, else the right hand operand. It makes for...

Software Architecture - why does it sometimes fall short?

I’m asking the question because more and more my responsibilities are shifting into the area of architecture. As a developer, I’ve always eyed architects with a bit of suspicion. After all, they don’t program so...

Home Theater PC Recommendations

Jeff Attwood recently blogged about how inexpensive it was for him to build a new Home Theater PC (HTPC) based on Vista’s Windows Media Center. As readers of this blog well know, I’m a Vista...

How to keep bees, birds and varmints out of play structures

This is one of those Lifehacker type of tips my wife discovered a few years ago. Problem, we have a play house I built for our kids a few years back that attracts bees, nesting...

Links 2008-04-22

WIX - Design flash web sites with drag and drop ease. A little too cute for my tastes but some of the templates do look cool. Currently in beta by invite only. Applied and was...

Stopwatch Gadget Updated

The Vista Stopwatch gadget I wrote about earlier has been updated with a new color scheme that is higher contrast. It’s also vertically smaller to take up less space. Same easy functionality, just prettier. You...
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