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June 2008

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TechEd 2008 notes: Design and Testability

Joe White's Blog – Design and Testability Design Dilemmas in the Real World Roy Osherove Typemock Blog: ISerializable.com (will have slides there) Dilemmas that he’s faced, we’re probably starting to face, Microsoft is facing Many have to do with change Design has changed very little in the last few ...
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TechEd 2008 notes: The Gentle Art of Pair Programming

Joe White's Blog – I already know a fair bit about pair programming, but the session description said, “For those already working in a pairing environment, Wendy and Oksana include some novel viewpoints and interesting discussions on familiar topics.” I think that worked out okay — it’s always ...
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TechEd 2008 notes: Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services

Joe White's Blog – I didn’t know Microsoft even had an API for software licensing. They do, but there’s a lot of stuff it doesn’t do, most of which is supposed to be coming in the next version. Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services (SLP Services) Terrence J. Nevins ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-06-04 07:10
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TechEd notes: 10 Ways To Improve Your Code

Joe White's Blog – 10 Ways To Improve Your Code Neal Ford Sr. Software Architect / Meme Wrangler ThoughtWorks Where did this topic come from? Book: “The Productive Programmer”, Neal Ford Exists in two parts, “mechanics” and “practices”. Mechanics: how to speed you up, learning ...
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TechEd 2008 notes: Why Software Sucks

Joe White's Blog – This was a crowded, entertaining, fast-paced session. It’ll repeat later in the week, so if you’re reading this and you’re at TechEd, you should go see it. Why Software Sucks David S. Platt Supreme and Exalted Dictator-For-Life Rolling Thunder Computing, Inc Some of this talk has ...
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TechEd 2008 overheard: Historical debugger

Joe White's Blog – On the escalator, I overheard someone telling his colleague about an upcoming feature, the Visual Studio Historical Debugger. It’ll let you step backward in time. Program threw an exception? You don’t have to just look at where it stopped; you’ll actually be able to step backward ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-06-03 20:36
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TechEd 2008 notes: “Design Patterns” in Dynamic Languages

Joe White's Blog – These notes are probably fairly coherent. They’re definitely worth the read if you’re interested in design patterns and know something about Ruby, although I don’t know whether my notes would stand up very well if you don’t already know Ruby. “Design Patterns” in ...
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TechEd 2008 notes: Visual Studio Team System seminar

Joe White's Blog – Today was the Team System preconference seminar. Brief summary: Team System might be a good solution for continuous builds, especially if you don’t do pair programming. But if you’ve already got Subversion and CruiseControl, or if you do promiscuous pairing, you would lose some features ...
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Off to TechEd

Joe White's Blog – I’m headed to Microsoft TechEd, and am planning to blog the sessions while I’m there. (Note to DelphiFeeds readers: you’ll only see things I think would interest Delphi users. If you want to read the C# stuff too, you’ll need to come to my blog, or just follow my conference ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-06-01 16:20

May 2008

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ReSharper beta license: it’s Diamondback all over again

Joe White's Blog – What is up with people making public betas and then insisting that they be kept top-secret? I decided to download the ReSharper 4.0 beta, so I could finally get some ReSharpery goodness in Visual Studio 2008. Then I read their license agreement, and it’s almost as bad as the public ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-05-31 23:46
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Beyond Compare and binary DFMs

Joe White's Blog – Binary DFMs are a pain, because you can’t see what changed between two versions. Right? That’s what we thought. We’ve been avoiding binary DFMs since time immemorial, especially back in the Dark Ages when we used VSS, which won’t even keep revision history for binary files. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-05-31 10:09
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A way to tell if an app was written in Delphi

Joe White's Blog – I’m often curious about whether an app I’m using was written in Delphi. Here’s an easy way to tell, that works most of the time. (Note: this won’t work for apps that use Delphi 2007’s new Vista-compatibility MainFormOnTaskbar property.) All you do is right-click the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-05-31 08:56
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DUnitLite 0.5 released

Joe White's Blog – Version 0.5 of DUnitLite is now available. This is a minor enhancement release. Download it here: DUnitLite 0.5 What’s new in 0.5 Should.ReferTo now works with interfaces, and can mix and match between objects and interfaces. It also correctly works around the interface reference-equality ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-05-10 23:18
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Interfaces and reference equality: beware

Joe White's Blog – In Delphi for Win32, you can’t necessarily use the “equals” operator to tell whether two interfaces both point to the same object. The following code: var Foo: IFoo; Bar: IBar; begin Foo := MyObj as IFoo; Bar := MyObj as IBar; Assert(Foo = Bar); will fail — even ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Joe @ 2008-05-10 23:12
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Released: Tyler v0.01 alpha

Joe White's Blog – Tyler version 0.01 is now available for download. Currently there’s just a source distribution, but it includes compiled EXEs. The feature set is pretty sparse at the moment, but what’s there, works. It’s the bare minimum that I decided would be worth releasing. Here’s a ...
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