Creating A Sane Build Process

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I’m not proud of it (well maybe just a little), but I once created an insane build process once. If Pat (who maintained the build after me) posts in my comments, he’ll tell you about it. Take a stew of a proprietary microcomputer flavor of Fortran written in the 70s by a programmer most assuredly clad in polyester, churn it through a Visual Basic 6.0 preprocessor that spits out Fortran 90 code, all the while correcting memory bound issues, mix it together by compiling it with a custom NAnt fortran compiler task, and voila!, 20 or so compiled Win32 fortran dlls. At this point, the process compiled and sprinkled in some C# code.

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Corporate Sponsored Pornography?

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I thought that would get your attention. I recently realized that my old blog on blogspot is still up and running. When I was working at a large ethnic television network (that will remain unnamed), I received the following internal email:

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Could This Be My Next Digital Camera?

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10 Unwritten Rules for a Consultant to Live By

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Now I’ve never been a consultant myself, but I have friends who have been consultants. Namely Kyle. What do you think of these rules?

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Becoming a Blogging "Category Hedonist".

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When I started blogging, I was a category ascetic. I figured I should keep categories to a minimum across very strict dividing lines. I was going for a Zen approach. The thought process I had is that each category should be a worthwhile feed to subscribe. So that if you’re one of my friends who doesn’t know .NET from a fishing net, you could subscribe to my Day To Day feed.

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Ali G Gets Tossed Out By Andy Rooney

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Ali GApparently, Andy Rooney has no patience for faux british rappers. If you’ve never seen the Ali G show, it’s worth a watch. One of the funniest episodes I’ve seen was when he was visiting a K-9 police unit and asked the trainer in his “urban” style, “Has yous eva thinks to use dogs instead of canines?” To which the officer replied, canines are dogs. Ali G then asks, “Ok, has you’s eva thinks to use dolphins? I Heahs they’s smarter than dogs.”

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In Need Of A Phil-Proof Alarm Clock

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How’s this for an idea? An alarm clock that only allows setting the alarm for the morning. No PM times allowed. I mean if you can’t wake up by noon on your own, what’s wrong with you?!

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ReSharper Property Expansion Live Template

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One thing I liked about CodeRush is that it came with several property expansion templates. However, ReSharper comes with a powerful template expansion editor for creating your own templates similar to what Whidbey has. I took it upon myself to create one for ReSharper. I hope you find it useful. There’s also a slight bug with this template in ReSharper that I will report to them (via this blog entry) and hope they fix.

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Moving My Photos Off Of Ofoto

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I received an email from Ofoto with the subject line “Your Ofoto images will be deleted on September 30, 2004”. Yeah, that got my attention. According to the email, your account expires if you don’t make a purchase every 12 months. At first, I assumed this was some sort of Phishing attack trying to get me to click on their bogus links. (NEVER click!). But I wrote customer service and sure enough, this was a legitimate email. They will delete my photos and pointed to the Terms Of Service (quoted at the bottom).

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ReSharper Reloaded

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Ok, I tried CodeRush (an excellent product) and now I’m back to ReSharper. Valentin Kipiatkov, the Chief Scientist at JetBrains pointed out that there are several options that can fix some of my concerns and make it usable for me. The first concern was the intellisense delay.

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Man I Love Blogging.

I’m hooked! To both reading blogs (via RSS feeds) as well as writing one. I’m addicted to poking my nose in the comments sections of other people’s blogs. Maybe even where my nose doesn’t belong. Almost certainly where it doesn’t belong.

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A Response To Shelley

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Regarding my post on Women in XML which is really a post about women in software industry, Shelley writes:

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Why The ThreadPool Is Very Often The Way To Go

In a previous post, I talked about Anynchronous sockets and its reliance on the ThreadPool and made an uninformed remark about potentially needing to up the ThreadPool count. Ian posted a commentdescribing why the ThreadPool is very often the way to go for socket programming, correcting my assumption. But as always, measure measure measure to be sure. Go read it. Thanks!

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Girl Power! (And the women of XML)

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Cruise Control .NET Resources

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Since I’m just getting started with Cruise Control, I thought I’d look around the web and blogosphere and put together some resources on configuring CruiseControl.NET.

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Bear Drinks 36 Cans of Favorite Beer

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Man, and I thought the bears in Alaska were tough.

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Question: When Is A Good Time To Call GC.Collect()?

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Answer: When you don’t have enough change for the phone booth.

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Moderating Comments. How About An API?

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I’ve heard a lot of complaints about what a b*tch moderating comments turns out to be. So why not create an API for moderating comments?

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Ugly Basketball

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BasketballBasketball was ugly this morning. Lots of bickering and fouling. Dan, you didn’t miss much man. Sometimes you just want to slap everyone upside the head and tell them to grow up and graduate from Pre-School. But that’s insulting to pre-schoolers who are much more mature than the fellas this morning. Then again, sometimes you wish you’d just make the damn game winning shot instead of clanking it in and out.

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Resharper Pet Peeve

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One pet peeve I have is how the auto completion works regarding methods. I know this is nitpicky, but I’m wondering how other IDE’s that try to help you handle this. Suppose I type out the following and am about to hit the open parenthesis character.

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