Download Emojis With Octokit.NET

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I love emojis. Recently, I had the fun task to add emoji auto completion to the latest GitHub for Windows release, among other contributions.

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GitHub for Windows 2.0

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Today we released GitHub for Windows 2.0 after a long development cycle. You can read some details about the release on the GitHub blog.

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The Siren Song of Backwards Compatibility

This post is sort of a continuation of my post on Microsoft’s New Running Shoes.

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Microsoft's New Running Shoes

When Ballmer famously said, “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches,” it was fair to characterize Microsoft’s approach to open source as hostile. But over time, forces within Microsoft pushed to change this attitude. Many groups inside of Microsoft continue to see the customer and business value in fostering, rather than fighting, OSS.

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GitHub Data In Your Website

Software collaboration goes beyond just working on the code. In addition to writing a lot of code, software involves writing a lot of words. Prose shows up in documentation, tutorials, blog posts, and so on.

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A Lesson in Compassion

The screaming was unexpected.

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Using Octokit.net to authenticate your app with GitHub

Some endpoints in the GitHub API require authorization to access private details. For example, if you want to get all of a user’s repositories, you’ll need to authenticate to see private repositories.

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Merge conflicts in csproj files

In a recent version of GitHub for Windows, we made a quiet change that had a subtle effect you might have noticed. We changed the default merge strategy for *.csproj and similar files. If you make changes to a .csproj file in a branch and then merge it to another branch, you’ll probably run into more merge conflicts now than before.

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A less terrible .NET project build with NuGet

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According to Maarten Balliauw, Building .NET projects is a world of pain. He should know, he is a co-founder of MyGet.org which provides private NuGet feeds along with build services for those packages.

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GitHub Secrets Talk

If you happen to be in Oahu next week (lucky you!), Wednesday April 9 2014 at 5:30 PM, come see my talk on GitHub Secrets at the University of Hawaii (lucky me!). Did I mention good food will be served?!

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Blogging while Broken

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I’m going through a bit of a funk with work and writing. They seem somewhat intertwined. Writing this blog has been such an important outlet for me that it’s rough when I can’t seem to muster the energy to just keep writing.

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Empathy In Your Best Interest

If I had to pick only one trait I hope to instill in my children, it’s empathy. It’s on my mind because of this beautiful post by Reg Braythwayt.

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Master time with Reactive Extensions

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What would you do if you could stop time for everyone but yourself?

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10 Years of being Haacked

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Today Jeff Atwood commemorates 10 years of CodingHorror.com. Congratulations Jeff!

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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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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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