Blogspeed

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The great people at WebHost4Life moved my database and web server to new Windows 2003 servers. They put them in the same server block and I noticed a significant speed increase in the time it takes my blog to load. This explains why my site was down this morning.

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Idempotence Again and Again

Eric Lippert does a great job of defining the term Idempotent. I’ve used this term many times both to sound smart and because it is so succinct.

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Writing a Windows Service When You Just Need A Scheduled Process

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Sometimes someone writes a post that makes you say, “Oh shit!”. For example, Jon Galloway writes that writing a windows service just to run a scheduled process is a bad idea.

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My Blog Is Worth...

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Welcome to the new pissing contest.

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Google Print Is Still A Good Idea

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I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone. – Jack Valenti, former head of the MPAA

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VIDEO: Richard Simmons Visits Whose Line Is It Anyway.

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Whose Line Ok, I may have misfired with the last video, but this is truly hilarious. It passed the “Wife Test” (the last one didn’t).

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The Rule of One Pain at a Time

I’ve talked before about the various physical pains that software developers face on the job. For me, it seems that my pain likes to migrate around my body. If I have pain, it almost always seems to be one at a time.

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Contact Form Works

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My Contact Me page works again. Sorry for the prior inconvenience.

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Should Unit Tests Touch the Database?

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UPDATE: For the most part, I think young Phil Haack is full of shit in these first two paragraphs. I definitely now think unit tests should NOT touch the database. Instead, I do separate those into a separate integration test suite, as I had suggested in the last paragraph. So maybe Young Phil wasn’t so full of shit after all.

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Patterns in Number Sequences

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You know you’re a big geek when a sequence of numbers with an interesting property just pops in your head. No, I’m not talking about myself (this time). Jayson Knight is the big geek as he noticed a pattern in a sequence of numbers that popped in his head…

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Digging Deeper Into the Triangular Series

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In my last post, I didn’t explain the pattern to Jayson’s satisfaction and I had a typo in my proof that I have since corrected.

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Transaction Timeout When Using the RollBack Attribute

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I noticed a recent check-in has added a TimeOut property to the RollBack attribute in MbUnit. Woohoo!

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The Problem With Extremism

The problem with extremists is that they inevitably color the mainstream’s perception of a thing, whether it be a race, a culture, or a software development practice.

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Two Words That Always Put a Smile On My Face...

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Open Bar

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Switching to MbUnit

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For the longest time now, I’ve been a fan of MbUnit, but never really used it on a real project. In part, I stuck with NUnit despite MbUnit’s superiority because NUnit was the defacto standard.

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Unit Testing Loves Beta Testing And Vice Versa

Jeff links to a post by Wil Shipley criticizing unit testing. You knew I had to chime in on this… ;)

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It's Raining in Southern California

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It rained the night before last night (with Thunder!) and it rained last night and it is still raining. I think the forces of nature conspire against me. I have no choice but to crawl up back into bed with a good book and listen to the rain. If a nap should overtake me, so be it.

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Writing Custom Exceptions Using Resharper Live Templates

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Writing proper custom exceptions can amount to a lot of busy work. Oh sure, it’s easy to simply inherit from System.Exception and stop there. But try running that baby through FxCop or passing that exception across AppDomains and you’re in for a world of hurt (hyperbole alert!).

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Fatwa Against Soccer

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It appears that one Islamic extremist has issued a Fatwa against playing soccer by the regular rules. Here are some choice examples.

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Decompression

My weekends just seem to get better and better every week. Since going independent and then starting a company with a friend, my work weeks have been much more enjoyable. Fortunately, my weekends have kept up as well.

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