How to review a merge commit

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Git does a pretty amazing job when it merges one branch into another. Most of the time, it merges without conflict. In a fairy tale world with rainbow skittles and peanut butter butterflies, every merge would be without conflict. But we live in the real world where it rains a lot and where merge conflicts are an inevitable fact of life.

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Everyone is the protagonist of their own narrative. And in this narrative, it’s only natural to see ourselves as the proverbial “good guy” of the story. We tend to rationalize our own actions as necessary or positive, much like Walter White until (spoiler alert) the end of Breaking Bad.

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Fun with infinite sums

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I’m kind of a fan of numbers. You might even say I’m a bit of a numberPHILe. You groan, but it’s true. Numbers exhibit such interesting properties when you put them together.

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But does it quack like a duck?

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From the topic of this and my last post, you would be excused if you think I have some weird fascination with ducks. In fact, I’m starting to question it myself.

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Duck Typing Is More Than Quackery

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Eric Lippert writes one of my all time favorite tech blogs. Sadly, the purple font he was famous for is no longer, but the technical depth is still there.

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Betrayal

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Today, I read a comment about a group of people who feel betrayed by the increase in code that Microsoft is releasing under an open source license.

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Get your Fitbit totals

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In my last 2013 recap blog post I wrote about the number of steps I recorded with Fitbit last year and the year prior. In case you missed it, they were:

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A Very Haacked 2013

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Another year comes to an end and tradition demands that I write a recap for the year. But it doesn’t require that I write a very good one.

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Fixing Broken Jekyll URLs

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Well this is a bit embarrassing.

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Preserve Disqus Comments with Jekyll

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In my last post, I wrote about preserving URLs when migrating to Jekyll. In this post, show how to preserve your Disqus comments.

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Preserve URL Extensions with Jekyll

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In my last post I wrote about migrating my blog to Jekyll and GitHub Pages. Travis Illig, a long time Subtext user asked me the following question:

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Haack

The older I get, the less I want to worry about hosting my own website. Perhaps this is the real reason for the rise of cloud hosting. All of us old fogeys became too lazy to manage our own infrastructure.

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Declare Don’t Tell

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Judging by the reaction to my Death to the If statement where I talked about the benefits of declarative code and reducing control statements, not everyone is on board with this concept. That’s fine, I don’t lose sleep over people being wrong.

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Cross Platform .NET Just A Lot Got Better

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Not long ago I wrote a blog post about how platform restrictions harm .NET. This led to a lot of discussion online and on Twitter. At some point David Kean suggested a more productive approach would be to create a UserVoice issue. So I did and it quickly gathered a lot of votes.

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Death to the IF statement

Over the past few years I’ve become more and more interested in functional programming concepts and the power, expressiveness, and elegance they hold.

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Dealing with Multiplatform Project Files

Octokit.net targets multiple platforms. This involves a large risk to my sanity. You can see the general approach here in the Octokit directory of our project:

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Avoid Premature Standardization

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Most developers are aware of the potential pitfalls of premature optimization and premature generalization. At least I hope they are. But what about premature standardization, a close cousin to premature generalization?

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Introducing Octokit.NET

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Today on the GitHub blog, we announced the first release of Octokit.net.

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Code Review Like You Mean It

If I had to pick just one feature that embodies GitHub (besides emoji support of course , I’d easily choose the Pull Request (aka PR). According to GitHub’s help docs (emphasis mine),

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Argue Well By Losing

I love a good argument. No really! Even ones online.

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