Avoid Using a Database as an API Integration Point

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Before I begin, I should clarify what I mean by using a database as an API integration point.

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Write Readable Code By Making Its Intentions Clear

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I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that the hardest part of coding is not writing code, but reading it. As Eric Lippert points out, Reading code is hard.

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British Music Stars and Soccer In Los Angeles

According to FeedBurner, many of my readers are from London, so I thought you might enjoy this little tale.

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Some New Subtext Skins

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Tim Heuer has been on a tear lately submitting some great new skins to the Subtext Skin Showcase, which is part of SubtextSkins.com.

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CSS Control Adapters Double PostBack Issue

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My Coworker (and Subtext co-admin) Steve Harman writes about a weird double PostBack issue he ran into recently when using CSS Friendly Control Adapters with the CreateUserWizard Membership Provider control.

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Vista Gadget To Monitor Your Build

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Simone Chiaretta, a member of the Subtext team (not to mention many other projects), just released a Vista Gadget which allows you to monitor a CruiseControl.NET build within your sidebar.

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A Strange Parking Ticket

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I received a strange delinquency notice for a parking ticket. At first glance, it seemed normal enough. Yep, there’s my license plate number. Yep, the make of the car is correct. But look at this, the color of the car is wrong.

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Play The Most Influential Amiga Games Now

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It wasn’t till 1987 that I experienced my first (and worst) case of technolust ever. The object that inspired such raw feelings of lust, of course, was the Commodore Amiga.

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GeeksWithBlogs Now Are Geeks With Subtext

The GeeksWithBlogs.net website just switched over its 1442 (and counting) blogs, containing 25,921 blog posts and 39,140 comments over to Subtext. As Jeff Julian reports, it only took them six hours.

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Databinding Tips: Nesting Eval Statements

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Maybe this is obvious, but it wasn’t obvious to me. I’m binding some data in a repeater that has the following output based on two numeric columns in my database. It doesn’t matter why or what the data represents. It’s just two pieces of data with some formatting:

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Where Should You Place Your Labels In Your Form

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UPDATE: Luke Wroblewski posted a link in my comments to his Best Practices for Form Design PDF. It is 100+ pages chock full of good usability information concerning forms. Thanks Luke!

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Voice Your Thoughts At The Mix07 Open Source Panel

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Rob Conery is soliciting our feedback for a panel on Open Source that he᾿ll be participating in at Mix07.

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Thank God You're Here

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How good are you at thinking on your feet?

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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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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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