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  • Things I am thankful for...

    In celebration of Thanksgiving tomorrow, i thought i would list out some of things that i am thankful for in the development world. Open source tools RhinoMocks NUnit StructureMap Reflector The great blogs of the blogosphere Having 3 monitors (sooo much better than 2, trust me) Writing fun meaningful...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-21-2007
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  • I knew I choose the wrong career choice

    I know this is way off topic, but oh well As a software developer I make a nice living, I have a nice house, own a nice car, have money in the bank, I really don't have too many wants. But I now know I made the wrong career choice. Today it was announced that Alex Rodriguez is going to re-sign with...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-15-2007
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  • If at first you don't succeed, try/catch it again

    I came across this gem today when I was rolling out an upgrade for one of our legacy web sites. try { if(Request.QueryString.Get("skin").Length > 0) sSkinCode = Request.QueryString.Get("skin"); else sSkinCode = GetSiteName();< } catch { sSkinCode = GetSiteName(); } Can anyone...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-13-2007
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  • Failing builds, the sound of silence

    I'm sure that everyone has heard the riddle ' If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' . This riddle is all about observation and knowledge of reality. Well, I have a riddle for software teams following TDD. 'If a build fails and no-one fixes...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-07-2007
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  • Sir, please put the Blackberry away

    This is WAY off topic here, but I just have to say this. Our society is way too connected. We have everything from 5 year olds with cell phones and 85 year olds with blog postings. But sometimes we need to just put the Blackberry down for a 3 minutes. A few weeks ago I was in the men's room and another...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-01-2007
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  • New Development Methodology: Change and Pray Development (CPD)

    A while back there was a posting out there about all the different software development methodologies (this was a parity posting). Yesterday I was chatting with a buddy and we coined a new development methodology.... Change and Pray Development (CPD). Here is how you can tell if you or your team/company...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-25-2007
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  • 10 kinds of people

    There are 10 kinds of poeple: Those who understand Binary And those who don't. We have this up on our wall at work, and I thought I would share. Till next time,
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 09-17-2007
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  • Re: Don’t use your email account for testing

    Orin (Ayende @ Rahien) has a post about not using your email account for testing (found here ). I would go a step further and say don’t use your development teams group address. Recently I was developing a heath check windows service that was designed to poll one of our web services that died all the...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 09-12-2007
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  • Lets hurry and get to QA so we can get our Requirements...:(

    I was chatting with a buddy last week and he told me that during a recent meeting, one of the consultants he was working made this statement. 'We need to hurry up and get to QA so we can get the requirements for this release'. If that one sentence does not speak volumes, I don't know what does. When...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-18-2007
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  • Doh, there are 4 hours I will never get back

    Today, I was working on one of my first ever (actually, it is my 2nd) WCF services. This service was meant to be pretty simple, 1 method with 4 param's. It should not take that long, or will it. To get the service started, I began by writing the library that the service would actually consume, the business...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-17-2007
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  • A Wise Man Once Said…

    Today I was hit with awe inspiring words of inspiration. “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” Don’t you just love fortune cookies? In the software world shouldn't it be: "Success is going from failure to failure and still being able to get paid"
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-08-2007
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  • Silverlight: Looking Back to 1996

    Everyone is talking about the name change of WPF/E to Silverlight . If you don't know anything about it, then you've probably have been under a rock. Anyway, I thought some historical reflection might prove insightful. As we all know, Silverlight is Microsoft's answer to Flash. The first version of Flash...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 04-23-2007
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