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  • Re: 3 Geeks in an Elevator -- My take

    Bil Simser has a funny post that I thought I would respond to. My 2 people.  JDN (John) of the list and Scott Bellware.  This would be great.  I am sure for the first 24+ hours it would be a cynical bitchfest and blood would be all over the place.  Then, as calmer heads prevailed...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-16-2008
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  • Wow, 250 posts just flew right by

    I did not even notice that my post from yesterday was my 250th here at  Who would have thunk that I would that much useless stuff to share with the world. It has been a blast, and here is to another 250 more posts.  That's right, I still have more useless knowledge to share...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-16-2008
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  • Great code comments I stumbled across.

    Today I was looking at some .Net 3.5 source code and ran into these great comments.  //ok, this is a hairy, dirty, and nasty piece of code //the alternatives are substantially worse than this though //i.e. when you do your own provider, LINQ assumes that //you are going to implement your own expression...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-05-2008
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  • Wonder no longer

    Well, I think that's about as long as I want to go keeping this under wraps. And what better day to make the announcement than the one day where you can't be sure if I'm actually kidding (especially now that I've called attention to it). I've been pretty silent on the movement...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-01-2008
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  • Is var the new Dim?

    In C# .Net 3.5 they added the var keyword. The intent the var keyword is to allow the object type to be implicitly inferred from the expression used to initialize the variable. However, more often then not I hear people using it because it saves them time typing. So, if the main reason SOME people are...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 03-21-2008
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  • I have been Google Mapped

    Last fall I was driving home from work and in the distance I saw a car with something on top. As I got closer I noticed it was a 'Google map' car. At the time I was kinda excited as I thought I MAY have been mapped. Well, today I had a few minutes to kill and I decided to see if they had updated...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 03-16-2008
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  • Being OCD and Merging don't mix

    Let me start of by publicly admitting this, I am have OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) when it comes to code. My code must be clean and it must be uniform. And because I am a ReSharper lover my disorder is even more drawn out. Over the past month or so while I have been fixing bugs in our application...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 02-21-2008
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  • VS2008 Demo Challenge

    Last week or so, I stumbled on to the site for the Visual Studio 2008 Demo Challenge . The gist of the contest is to make a video explaining why VS 2008 is great, and then win stuff. Your video is played backed in a Silverlight app that your host at So I make a video, and I think...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 02-12-2008
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  • That's right, I am Old School!

    Just to prove that some of us don't need new technology we had these shirts made up at work. How needs all that new technology, give me VB6 or .Net 1.1 any day. WPF, WCF, WFF, .Net 3.5, Ruby, F#, Mocking, Testing it is all just a fad. If you like the shirts, let me know, I can tell you where we had...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 02-12-2008
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  • Why I Love being a Software Developer

    This post is part 1 of a 2 part mini-series on why I both Love and Hate being a software developer.  This is mostly a semi-generic rant about my views on the software industry as a whole, and NOT about any one company that i have worked for. I have been a software developer for the past 8+ years...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 02-10-2008
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  • Multi-Timezone meetings via outlook, oh joy

    This post more in good fun, then a rant.  But it still sucks to miss meetings with VP's. So my home base is out of the Chicago area (central time zone US), but this week I am working from our San Diego office (Pacific time zone US).  Now I never changed the time on my laptop so my laptop...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 02-07-2008
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  • Classic, true love from a former co-worker :)

    Today I ran into this wonderful blog posting.  In this posting the author is sharing a letter he received from a former co-worker.  I know that most of us have had this feeling about someone else's code, but this guy actually said something about it. This is great.  What makes this...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 12-31-2007
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  • First Global ALT.NET Decision Makers Assembly

    <joke> Last night we held the first Global ALT.NET Decision Makers Assembly in Chicago, IL and the following items were discussed and approved. Pictures and slides from the event will be made available later. * Chicago, IL was proclaimed World Capital of ALT.NET just because its location seems...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 12-18-2007
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  • Replacing the KISS principle with the KIDD principle

    I am pretty sure most of us have heard of the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle. But I would like to coin a new principle. This is the KIDD principle. So, what does KIDD stand for? K – Keep I – It D – Difficult D – Dummy Sadly it appears that way to many software developers follow the KIDD principle...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 12-11-2007
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  • This code sucks....

    How many times as developers have we taken a look at someone else's code and said 'This stuff sucks' or 'WTF where they thinking'? I know I have said this plenty of time. I also am pretty sure that others have said this about my code. In fact I am KNOW I have said that about my own...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 12-10-2007
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