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  • What I Learned Playing StarCraft

    On March 31, 1998, around 10am, my then-manager Alex and I left the office we shared together and headed over to Electronics Boutique. Alex and I were both developers working for the IT department of an up and coming software company called PC DOCS. In those days, we didn’t have a corporate firewall...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 01-30-2011
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  • Dubious Honors

    Update: With striking proof that I'm dense and a Developer of Little Brain, Andrew points out that the results are sorted by date added. :- P On at least one torrent search site, our book is the #2 item when you search for WPF. Not searching for "WPF book", just "WPF". Rock on...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 11-18-2008
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  • Why Red Gate Rocks

    I've been working with the eap release of ANTS Performance Profiler from Red Gate. While I don't have a lot of experience with other tools of this nature, I've been pretty impressed. My intention was to hold off and blog a full review after I've had to time to really use the application...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 08-08-2008
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  • The var war is brewing

    When C# 3.0/.Net 3.5 was released one of the new features that was included was the 'var' keyword. Now I have to admit that when I first read about this new feature I immediately associated this 'var' with the Variant of VB6 or the var of JScript. But that could not be future from the...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-25-2008
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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