Welcome to Niche Software, a MicroISV based in Wellington, New Zealand.

The primary goal of the site is as a host to my writing - mostly entries in my blog, but also including more detailed articles and the occasional highly opinionated editorial. A secondary, but still important, goal is to be a place to post some tools, utilities and toys that I have written. As I tend to develop applications that "scratch my own itch," most of these are fairly technical in nature. Please check out the license on any item you download - while many are free, some are not.

WPF Projects & ViewModelBase

Apr 20 2019 wordtutor-redux csharp

Before we can start adding screens to our application, we need to set up some infrastructure for our WPF specific classes. In order to keep the WordTutor.Core technology independent, we’ll do this by creating a new project.

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Static Analysis

Apr 13 2019 wordtutor-redux csharp

I’ve long been a fan of static analysis tools. They can act as a co-pilot, keeping an eye on things while you work, helping you to catch common types of problems. Let’s add (and tune!) some tools.

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Redux Store

Apr 06 2019 wordtutor-redux csharp

At the core of the Redux design pattern is the store, a central place for storing the current state of the application. There’s only ever one store for the entire application. Changes in state are made by dispatching messages to the store that are processed by a reducer.

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Older Posts

Commandline Builds  30 Mar 2019
Application Model  23 Mar 2019
Vocabulary Set  16 Mar 2019
Vocabulary Word  09 Mar 2019
WordTutor Revisted  02 Mar 2019
Converting a List to a Queue  23 Feb 2019
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Mandelbrot Screensaver

Mandelbrot Screensaver is a screensaver that automatically generates images from Mandelbrot fractal, generating a never ending display of fractal images on your screen.

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WordTutor

WordTutor, a tool for running interactive spelling drills: the easy way to ove your spelling.

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OOS Alarm

OOS Alarm is a repeating alarm clock which pops up regularly to remind you to appropriate breaks during your work each day.

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Becoming a Better Developer

In this talk I pass on some of the things I've learnt about being a better developer.

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Static Analysis for the Win

We all know that the earlier we find a bug, the cheaper it is to fix. Shouldn't we therefore be doing everything we can to identify bugs as early as possible?

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The Pragmatic Programmer

Unusually for a technical book published in 1999, The Pragmatic Programmer remains thoroughly relevant to the modern developer. I present a review of this book, looking at how it is relevant to the modern developer.

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Writing Maintainable Code

One core skill that every developer should cultivate is the ability to write Maintainable Code - code that can be easily understood.

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Geek Communication

In June 2014, presenting to the first cohort of the Enspiral Devacademy talking about the nature of "geeks" and how to communicate effectively with them.

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Unit Testing 101

A beginners introduction to unit testing, based on Roy Oscherove's book Art of Unit Testing. Presented to both Software Quality New Zealand and to Statistics New Zealand.

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