The ONE thing I try to put in all my speeches

01. September 2012 Uncategorized 0
Next week as I head to Heartland Developer’s Conference (as an attender, not a speaker this year) I thought I’d share the one thing I try to put in all my speeches. It’s not something I’ve come up with myself. I’m far from the only person who does this. By and large if a speaker ...

Take a Breath

16. July 2012 Uncategorized 1
I came in and quickly put the delivery box in its spot, then I grabbed a box of pill bottles and started refilling the cabinets, weaving in and out of pharmacists as I did. I then went to grab the trashcans and started to empty them. At this point, Craig the pharmacist directed me to ...

I Might Not Care What You Need

21. May 2012 Uncategorized 1
This past weekend my wife lost the crown on her tooth, and by Monday afternoon I had a better understanding of software design. How? Monday morning she called our dentist. We have new insurance, so she’s never been to this dentist, but we had to pick a dentist when we signed up (so I found ...

Only Good Developers Write Bad Code

14. May 2012 Uncategorized 3
The first developer I ever worked with was named Fred.  I was only about 17 years old at the time, and had gotten a job working at an engineering firm after school. I did a lot of grunt work type things: assembled documentation binders, removed all old parts books out of the library, organized & ...

Do I need to list Unit Testing on my resume?

29. April 2012 Uncategorized 0
Let me start by disclosing something: I don’t write tests as often as I should. I’ve done a ton more unit testing, specifically TDD, in the past 6 months than I probably have the rest of my life. However, sometimes I still fall back in to my “old ways” of just trying to cram code ...

How WebAPI highlights that .NET developers suck

04. April 2012 Uncategorized 0
Brief History A couple months back, Microsoft came out with a big announcement. As they continue to work on the ASP.NET platform, and release MVC version 4, they also released a new product called ASP.NET Web API.  The day it was released to beta there were already several blog posts talking about how great it was and ...

Why a career in computer programming DOESN’T suck

08. February 2012 Uncategorized 2
This is another blog post in my series “Developers need to stop whining and start working.”  Okay it’s not really a series, but it should be.  Heck, it could be an entire blog. I stumbled across a blog that was arguing a “career in computer porgramming sucks.” At first blush, I assumed the title would be ...

“Doing something that has never been done.”

07. February 2012 Uncategorized 2
Last week, there was a Quora post about why software estimates always seem to be wrong.  There was some decent discussion on the topic, but one quote in particular bugged me.  The quote in question was: Developers are also the only group where they are asked to do something which has never been done before, ...