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?

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

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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

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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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The Simple Answer To VS.NET Designer Woe

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It’s happened to all of us. You are happily coding along (in Visual Studio .NET 1.x), minding your own business when you decide to switch from the code view to the designer and back to the code view. That’s when you experience…The Woe.

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Connecting to Terminal Services When All Active Sessions are Used

UPDATE: If you are using Windows Server 2008, the switch is /admin not /console. See this post for details.

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Humans Are Not Random Number Generators

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There’s an interesting discussion in the comments on the Coding Horror blog in which Jeff suggests that

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Video IPod

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You knew it was coming

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Teaching Solid HTML and CSS Production Work

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I want to teach a friend everything I know about HTML Production work (which won’t take long). By production work, I mean the process of receiving a Photoshop file, cutting it up, and producing nice clean semantic (X)HTML and CSS.

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Who The Hell Cares What a Blogger Is Listening To?

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Every now and then on various blogs (including mine), you’ll notice a little snippet at the bottom of a post that looks something like…

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