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 #19

Monday, November 13 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from August 2016: Fact or fiction about agile documentation; using C# as a scripting language; easy to miss code smells; deprecation of the RC4 stream cypher; analogue computers make a comeback; and, Q&A with Scott Hanselman.

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Sharpen The Saw #18

Monday, November 06 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from July 2016: Learning a healthy fear of legacy code; git 2.9.0 released; the myth or reality of 10x programmers; TeslaCrypt ransomware developers terminate project; the danger of specifying specific thresholds; and Bill Wagner talks about what might be in C# 7.

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Sharpen The Saw #17

Monday, October 30 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from July 2016: Building a good build system; productivity improvements for Visual Studio 2015; how layoff decisions are made; geek advice for our parents; literate programming; and asynchronous programming in C#.

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Sharpen The Saw #16

Monday, October 23 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode from July 2016: What you can learn by tracking your bugs; Update 3 for Visual Studio 2015; the effect of illusory superiority; hacking via text message; user interface typography; and, the keynote from React 2014.

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Sharpen The Saw #15

Monday, October 16 2017 sharpen-the-saw

In this episode: Five different ways to write code that’s hard to test; dependency injection with Simple Injector; learning the benefits of regular deployment at RedGate; Symantec antivirus was insecure; the futility of trying to remember every detail; and, programming with good unit tests.

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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