On Thresholds

Sunday, October 05 2008

I had a production system go down this week - one minute no problem, the next, critical functionality stopped working. Worse, it didn’t die because something broke - it went down by design. And did so without warning.

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Foundations of Programming

Wednesday, October 08 2008 random

Karl Seguin, one of the CodeBetter bloggers, has written a book on programming fundamentals, covering topics from ‘YAGNI’ and Unit Testing, to Domain Driven Design and Dependency Injection.

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Understanding the Office UI

Saturday, October 11 2008 ux

So I’m involved with a project that’s includes finally deploying Office 2007 throughout the office, and the #1 source of comments from users is the Ribbon. While some like it, most don’t - and some are downright creative in their commentary.

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Whatever happened to responsiveness?

Friday, October 24 2008 ux

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend - it seems that all kinds of systems are getting slower and slower, almost as though usability is being deliberately sacrificed for other factors.

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The right knowledge for each problem ...

Saturday, October 25 2008 professional

A friend emailed me an interesting quote:

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Contravariance and Covariance at last

Wednesday, October 29 2008 csharp

It seems the information deluge has started, and the first piece of good news about C# 4.0 is the introduction of contravariance and covariance for delegates and interfaces.

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Linq Aggregates

Thursday, October 30 2008 smart-code

Catching up on my blog reading, I came across a gem demonstrating use of the Aggregate() method from Linq’s Enumerable static class.

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WiX Techniques Updated

Thursday, October 30 2008 deployment

My whitepaper on WiX techniques has been updated to correct an error.

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