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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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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RestSharp 104.2.0 Released

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Just shipped a new release of RestSharp to NuGet. For those who don’t know, RestSharp is a simple REST and HTTP API Client for .NET.

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Popular Code Conventions on GitHub

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The first GitHub Data Challenge launched in 2012 and asked the following compelling question: what would you do with all this data about our coding habits?

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The Two Email Rule For Out of Office Replies

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I avoid mailing lists the same way I avoid fun activities like meetings and pouring lemon juice into bloody scrapes. Even so, I still somehow end up subscribed to one or two. Even worse, once in a while, despite my better judgment, I send an email to such a list and am quickly punished for my transgression with an onslaught of out of office auto replies. You know the type:

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Alaska Software Community

There’s something about being outdoors in Alaska that inspires poetic thoughts. In my case it’s all bad poetry so I’ll spare you the nausea and just show a photo instead.

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License your code

A while back I wrote a riveting 3-part developer’s guide to copyright law and open source licensing for developers.

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The Lawyers Won't Let Us

A finely honed bullshit detector is a benefit to everyone. Let’s try a hypothetical conversation to test yours!

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