T-SQL Quiz - Dealing With Trends

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I’m not one to post a lot of quizzes on my blog. Let’s face it, while we may create altruistic reasons for posting quizzes such as:

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Subsonic 2.0 Beta 1

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Subsonic
LogoRob Conery just announced that Beta 1 of SubSonic 2.0 is ready for your immediate data access needs. He’s looking for beta testers (open to anyone and everyone) to make sure this release is rock solid.

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Video Dice Stacking

I think it’s time to start a video collection of amazing talents people acquire when they have too much time on their hands. This one must surely qualify. It’s worth two minutes of your time to check it out.

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State Of The Blog Report

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Technorati recently released their latest State of The Blogosphere report (renamed to something about the Live Web to avoid confusion with the Dead Web) chock full of statistics and pretty graphs.

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There Are Only Four Software Licenses

Jeff Atwood writes a great summary of Open Source Licenses. As far as I’m concerned, there’s really only four software licenses to worry about (open source or otherwise).

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How to Harvest Emails With Google And Protect Yours From Spammers

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Just something I noticed today. A lot of people (I may even be guilty of this) publish their emails on the web using the following format:

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Estimates And Actuals Are Not Bounded Evenly On Both Sides

Code CompleteA while ago I read Steve McConnel’s latest book, Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art, which is a fantastic treatise on the “Black Art” of software estimation.

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Rhino Mocks 3.0 Released!

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RhinoAyende just announced the release of Rhino Mocks 3.0. The downloads are located here. If you aren’t subscribed to Ayende’s blog, I highly recommend it. This guy never sleeps and churns out code like a tornado.

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Doubling Down At Mix 07

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You’ve been HAAA CKED will be well represented at Mix 07 this year. I thoroughly enjoyed Mix 06 last year and think 07 has the potential to be even better.

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Building A Strong Open Source Community Requires Empathy

A recent confrontational thread within the Subtext forums that I shared with Rob Conery got us into a discussion about the challenges of dealing with difficult members of an Open Source community. There are many approaches one can take. Some advocate not engaging disruptive community members. I tend to give everyone the benefit of the doubt at first. Rob often commends me for my paticence in dealing with users in the forums. Neither approach is necessarily better than the other. It’s a matter of style.

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Thread Safety Via Read Only Collections

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UPDATE: Made some corrections to the discussion of ReadOnlyCollection’s interface implementations near the bottom. Thanks to Thomas Freudenberg and Damien Guard for pointing out the discrepancy.

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Windows Live Writer and Html Entities

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I’ve been banging my head against a couple of problems with the interaction between Subtext and Windows Live Writer that I thought I’d post on this here blog in the hopes that someone can help.

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GetRecentPost Ignores Categories In Windows Live Writer

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It appears to me that Windows Live Writer completely ignores categories returned by the getRecentPosts Metaweblog API method.

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Devious Scam In Which The Check They Send You Clears

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There’s a really devious scam going around worth mentioning because of one compelling tactic the scammers use.

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Open Source Programming Language Zeitgeist

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When searching for source code in a particular language, what do the words being searched on tell you about that language?

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Why Are Developers So Fat?

Raymond Lewallen doesn’t mean to single anybody out, but in his latest post on the topic of living better, he observes that

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DotNetKicks Going Open Source

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Gavin Joyce, creator of DotNetKicks, has decided to open the source for the site and allow the community to help out in implemeting features and bug fixes.

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Identicon Handler For .NET On CodePlex

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Update: I’ve created a new NuGet Package for Identicon Handler (Package Id is “IdenticonHandler”) which will make it much easier to include this in your own projects.

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Double Check Locking and Other Premature Optimizations Can Shoot You In The Foot

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Lock After reading Scott Hanselman’s post on Managed Snobism which covers the snobbery some have against managed languages because they don’t “perform” well, I had to post the following rant in his comments:

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I Want This Shirt For My Son