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  • Its all about communication, not processes….!

    We live in a world where thoughts and concepts are not getting smaller and simpler but rather they are getting larger and more complicated. Software teams in many cases are no longer all crammed into one room or can be fed by 2 boxes of pizza (which is a large systemic issue in my opinion). Teams are...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 05-18-2011
    Filed under: Development, Opinion
  • A new feature request for C# I would like is fall through exceptions

    Now before you write off this post as being ‘just another silly request’ hear me out. Right now in C# we can do the following switch( someObject ) { case Option1: case Option2: case Option3: // do something break; case Option4: // do something break: } Allowing fall through for a switch statement is...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 01-20-2010
    Filed under: Development, .Net, Feedback, Opinion
  • Without Context everything is suspect

    Over the weekend I was having a conversation with my wife and we were not communicating on the same wave length.  After a few minutes of talking in circles it dawned on us that we had not established the context around the conversation and we had no real understanding of what either of us was saying...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-19-2009
    Filed under: Development, Opinion, Craftsmanship
  • Refactoring Project Structure is just as important as Refactoring Code

    We talk about how important it is to keep your code in working order, but no one ever really talks about keeping the container for your code in working order --- Your Project Solutions. Per Wikipedia Refactoring code can be defined as: Means improving it without changing its overall results, and is sometimes...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-15-2009
    Filed under: Development, Opinion
  • If you cannot do a source pull and compile you are doing it wrong!

    I know this may seem like old hat to many, but trust me not all organizations/projects are setup to allow you to easily pull the code from your source repository and compile.  I know it is sad, but if you ask me, this is just the tip of the ice burg in terms of what is ultimately wrong with our...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 03-13-2009
    Filed under: Development, Opinion, Rant, Craftsmanship
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