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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
    Filed under: Humor, Opinion
  • Initial thoughts on VS 2008 and .Net 3.5

    As I am sure most of you are aware, Microsoft has released the VS 2008 IDE to MSDN subscribers yesterday. I decided to give it a download and take it for a twirl. I thought I would must dump a few random thoughts from my hour or so of 'playing' with it. It appears to be running MUCH faster. However...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-20-2007
    Filed under: .Net IDE, Feedback, Opinion
  • If the code is dead, then bury it

    This post is just a quick rant, brain dump, food for thought or what ever. If you ever need to make changes to existing code base, and you need to remove old code. DELETE IT, don't EVER COMMENT IT OUT AND LEAVE IT FOR THE NEXT GUY (yes, I am trying to yell) I don't know how many times I stumble...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-14-2007
    Filed under: Opinion, Best Practice, Rant
  • 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
    Filed under: Methodology, TDD, Humor, Opinion
  • Subclassing for Success

    As someone how has been designing and developing WinForms based applications for the past 7+ years, I have learned that subclassing UI controls is a must. You may be thinking, why would I want to subclass a text box? Or a combo box? The answer is simple, the better future proof your app. How many times...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-02-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, WinForms, Opinion, Featured
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