Sharpen the Saw is a somewhat delayed repost of a mostly weekly newsletter of information for the professional development of software developers. While targeted primarily at developers working with the Microsoft technology stack, content will cover a wider range of topics and may be of interest to people who work with developers.

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Sharpen The Saw #25

Monday, January 15 2018 sharpen-the-saw

In this issue from February 2017: debugging in Visual Studio; a monster of a markdown editor; four ways to deal with bossy people at work; how your battery can be used to track you online; a programming font with ligatures; and why Human Driven Development is important.

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Sharpen The Saw #24

Monday, January 01 2018 sharpen-the-saw

In this issue from January 2017: A naming standard for unit tests; Scott Hanselman on everything you ought to know in 2017; Being mindful of your code; a hi-tech credit card; deliberate practice is more complex than 10k hours; and Joel Spolsky suggests developers are writing the future.

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Sharpen The Saw #23

Monday, December 11 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from January 2017: Rubber duck problem solving; reformatting SQL queries; a pre-flight checklist for presentations; how to reduce the odds of identity theft; speaker extraordinaire, James Whittaker; and why you will fail to have a great career.

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Sharpen The Saw #22

Monday, December 04 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from November 2016: What developers should really care about; the first release candidate for Visual Studio 2017; Writing unethical or illegal code; Emptying ATMs of their cash; things programmers say; and what dialup modem noises mean.

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Sharpen The Saw #21

Monday, November 27 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from October 2016: Learning the open/closed principle; new version control features in Visual Studio 2015; Clinical depression in developers; why programming is hard; password security; I Used to be a Human Being; and a video called “For loops considered harmful”.

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Sharpen The Saw #20

Monday, November 20 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from October 2016: Why it matters how quickly you create new bugs; an extension for VS2015 for editing and previewing markdown; how to write great code that’s not brilliant; Brian Krebs hit with record setting DDOS; typography for user interfaces; and, F# for the rest of us.

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Older posts

Sharpen The Saw #19 13 Nov 2017
Sharpen The Saw #18 06 Nov 2017
Sharpen The Saw #17 30 Oct 2017
Sharpen The Saw #16 23 Oct 2017
Sharpen The Saw #15 16 Oct 2017
Sharpen The Saw #14 09 Oct 2017
Sharpen The Saw #13 02 Oct 2017
Sharpen The Saw #12 25 Sep 2017
Sharpen The Saw #11 18 Sep 2017
Sharpen The Saw #10 13 Feb 2017
Sharpen The Saw #9 25 Jul 2016
Sharpen The Saw #7 11 Jul 2016
Sharpen The Saw #6 04 Jul 2016
Sharpen The Saw #5 19 Jun 2016
Sharpen The Saw #4 03 May 2016
Sharpen The Saw #3 18 Apr 2016
Sharpen The Saw #2 26 Mar 2016
Sharpen The Saw #1 19 Mar 2016