Dvorak, Keyboard Layout of Champions

KeyboardOne thing that never gets old is when someone visits me and asks to check some email on my computer.

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Finding Code On Your Machine

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As I mentioned before, I am the Product Manager for the Koders.com website. I am responsible for the search engine, the source code index, the forums, the blog and the Content Management System.

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Windows Live Writer Manifest For Subtext

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View Microsoft recently released Windows Live Writer Beta 2, the long awaited next version of their blog editing tool. Although there are a few quirks with WLW, I find the user interface and usability to be really nice. They make great use of the right sidebar panel.

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Allowing Business Users To Program Your System Is A Recipe For Disaster

I don’t know about you, but every company I’ve ever worked at had a Fort Knox like system in place for deploying code to the production server. Typically, deployment looks something like this (some with more steps, some with less):

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Twitter Solves the Chat Usability Problem

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Ok, this will be my last post on Twitter for the time being. My last two posts on the subject pointed out flaws with it, so I thought I’d follow up with something positive.

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Did Microsoft Violate TestDriven.NET's EULA in Enforcing Its Own EULA?

I'd Rather Be a DJ Than A Rockstar Developer

With all this talk of rockstar programmers, I like Ron Evan’s take when he says, “I Would Rather Be A Jazz Programmer”.

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Strongly Typed Stored Procedures Using Subsonic

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I don’t know about you, but I find it a pain to call stored procedures from code. Either I end up writing way too much code to specify each SqlParameter explicitly, or I use a tool like Microsoft’s Data Access Application Block’s SqlHelper classj to pass in the parameter values, which requires me to remember the correct parameter order (it actually supports both methods of calling a stored procedure). What a pain!

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The Only Universal Language In Software Is English

In a recent post, I compared the expressiveness of the Ruby style of writing code to the current C# style of writing code. I then went on and demonstrated one approach to achieving something close to Ruby’s expressiveness using Extension Methods in C# 3.0.

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Motivate Your Unit Tests With the Release of MbUnit 2.4

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Are your unit tests a little flat lately? Have they lost their shine and seem a bit directionless? Maybe it’s time to jazz ’em up a bit with the latest release of MbUnit.

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Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me Steve McConnell Has A Blog!?

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Come on people! I count on you to keep me informed! It looks like he started it way back in March.

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Ruby-Like Expressiveness in C# 3.0

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UPDATE: Looks like Ian Cooper had posted pretty much the same code in the comments to Scott’s blog post. I hadn’t noticed it. He didn’t have a chance to compile it, so consider this post a validation of your example Ian! :)

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Cauldwell's This I Believe, The Developer Edition

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You know what I really like about posts like this? It’s a lot less writing for me. When people ask me what principles Subtext development tries to follow I can just point them to this post by Patrick Cauldwell.

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BETA: Incubator for .NET Open Source Projects

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There’s been a lot written about whether or not Microsoft is doing enough to support Open Source Projects on its platform. In the past, Microsoft’s report card in this area was not one to take home to mom.

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I'll Be Speaking About Open Source at OpenForce

I’ve been invited to participate on a couple of panels at the upcoming DotNetNuke OpenForce ‘07 conference, November 5-8 in Las Vegas.

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Added Contstraint Based Expressions To Subsonic

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NUnit 2.4 introduces a really nice programming model they call Constraint-Based Assert Model. I believe MbUnit 2.4 will also have this. I really like this approach to building asserts because it reads almost like English.

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The IIS 7 Team Rocks!

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I recently wrote about some 503 Service Unavailable Errors with IIS 7 that had me completely stumped. I tried everything I could think of to no avail.

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CodePlex To Roll Out TortoiseSVN Support

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This just in. CodePlex is planning to roll out TortoiseSVN support!

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A .NET API To Search Open Source Code

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I wrote about this on my company’s blog, but thought I’d mention it here since I assume not everyone has jumped at the chance to subscribe to that blog (go on, it won’t bite) ;)

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The Technological 7-Year Itch

Scott Hanselman writes a thought provoking post that asks the question, Is Microsoft Losing the Alpha Geeks? An interesting question, but troublesome to make sense of, let alone answer.

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