A Great Week For The Haackayamas

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This past week was a particularly good week and weekend for me and my wife. First of all, I was happy to announce the release of Subtext with only a few minor hitches which is a great feeling.

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Subtext Issue: Missing Emoticons File

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UPDATE: Ok, this is totally my fault. I took a perfectly good NAnt script another developer wrote and tried to add a few things in there and made a dumb error. I should have a unit test for our NAnt script. ;) I’ll write up a post later describing the issue.

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Software Project Management Lessons From Open Source

Via Slashdot, I recently read an article entitled What Corporate Projects Should Learn From Open Source by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene.

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The Shoe Cobblers Kids

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Shoeless An old saying I’ve been using a lot lately is the old saw “A shoe cobbler’s kids go shoeless”. Basically, it points out how difficult it is to keep one’s own affairs in order when it is one’s job to do so for others. As an example, my company is in the business of building fantastic technology solutions, but our own website is rather neglected. This is something we see as a real problem and will address soon.

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Subtext 1.0 Nautilus Edition Released

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Subtext Logo Well it took a bit longer than I thought it would, but we’ve finally put the final touches to Subtext 1.0, code named “Nautilus”! One of the primary goals of this release was to make it much easier to setup and use than .TEXT, and I think we’ve accomplished that.

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Reflections On The Release

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I have never worked as part of a shrink wrapped product team, which makes working on Subtext the closest thing to the experience. When a product team releases a product, they often stamp it with the acronym RTM, Release to Manafacturing, which is more and more becoming a misnomer as the only manafacturing being done is the manafacturing of hyperbole by the marketing team.

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Getting Pummelled

Soccer BallThis week, I’ve had the pleasure of being pummelled in soccer not once, but twice.

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Any Non-Techie Readers?

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Just wondering, but are there any non-techie readers of this blog (besides my wife of course)? The reason I ask is that I am noticing that I am writing less and less about what’s going on in my life. In part, because I think my audience is almost entirely tech readers and google searchers.

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Multi-Blog Support In Subtext

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Intro

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The Subtext Alternative To Url Rewriting

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Fountain PenFor simple ASP.NET applications that do not employ URL Rewriting, stepping through the code that handles a request is fairly straightforward. For example, given a request for http://localhost/MyProject/Page.aspx, simply open up Page.aspx and look at the code-behind file to see what code handles this request.

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How I Pimped My Desktop

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So I spend my time writing up a hopefully useful guide to Subversion on SourceForge and all this one reader from Spain (¡hola!) wants to know is where I got my theme from?

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Quickstart Guide to Subversion on SourceForge

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Good news! SourceForge now supports using Subversion for source control!

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Collaborative Filtering For Your Musical Tastes That Works

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Save Your Visual Studio 2003 Settings

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Steve Harman points out some registry keys and directories to backup if you wish to re-use your Visual Studio 2003 settings on a fresh installation. For those of you who are lucky enough to fully abandon 2003, you have the benefit that Visual Studio 2005 fully supports importing and exporting settings.

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What Every Developer Should Know About Source Control

If you are like me, you “learned” source control in a very informal manner. Perhaps you learned via what we used to call the “Commodore Shuffle” back in the day (what is the modern term for this?) in which you clicked around and figured it out by trying to use it.

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Personal UPS System Recommendations

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Power mast Just had a short power outtage at home, which sucks because I work here. I was taking a short break downstairs reading when the lights suddenly turned off. I had that feeling that must go through the head of the lone security guy just before Sidney Bristow busts his head with her fist.

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Ready To Mix It Up

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Mix 06 Well I am ready to mix it up at the Mix 06 conference. This will be my first conference of the year and my coworker Jon Galloway will also be in attendance.

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Better Developers Through Diversity

The local newspaper sports a comic strip that enjoys every opportunity to mock the modern university’s emphasis on diversity. The strip holds diversity accountable for lowered standards and educational quality. However it ignores the danger of a lack of diversity, namely that a student might not be exposed to new ideas that challenge pre-existing assumptions that would improve the student’s overall education.

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Get The Most Out Of Your Format String

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I was reviewing some code when I ran into code that fit this pattern all over the place (simplified to make a point).

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Valentine Is The Day For No Good Low Down Dirty Cheaters To Get Caught

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Candy Hearts Read this interesting post by security expert Bruce Schneier on how Valentine’s day is the day when cheating spouses are most likely to trip up.

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