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.

You keep using that word: Mandatory

Mar 19 2017 vocabulary

In the classic movie The Princess Bride, one of the villains is repeatedly and consistently surprised by the skill and competence of the story’s hero. Vizzini’s constant cry each time of “inconceivable” drives Inigo Montoya to say “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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Why Immutable Types?

Mar 11 2017 immutable-types

This series on immutable types has turned into something of an epic - when I began, I never expected it to become a series of this length. For now, the final question I want to address is a simple one: Why are immutable types important?

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Older Posts

Immutable Type Miscellany 05 Mar 2017
Testing Immutable Types 25 Feb 2017
Restored Posts 19 Feb 2017
Factory Methods 18 Feb 2017
Sharpen The Saw #10 13 Feb 2017
Queue Concatenation 11 Feb 2017
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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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