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WTF Next? Dev ramblings from a master of nothing. Subjective I've got an opinion, and I've voiced it here.
Code without regret?
Last year I had the pleasure of attending one of Markus Egger’s sessions at Houston Techfest. Markus is the President and CSA of EPS Software, creators of CODE magazine and a company that I have a great amount of respect for. The people I’ve met from EPS have consistently been great programmers and speakers who have a commitment to creating great software. The reason I bring up Markus Egger and EPS Software is because of a particular aspect of their business that challenges me as an individual and ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2012 5:37 PM

Head First Design Patterns in Retrospect
Head First Design Patterns Undoubtedly opinions change over time, and seeing as I’ve waited quite a while to review this book from when I began reading it I’ve had time for the book and its concepts to percolate. My final opinion is that this book does offer a good entry level look into design patterns, and for those who take the time to read through this book you will benefit greatly to continue onto its inspiration, the original Gang of Four read, or also onto Fowler’s Patterns of Enterprise Application ......

Posted On Monday, July 27, 2009 2:57 PM

What are you looking forward to from E3?
So E3 has come upon us and is about to make its way out again. Anything that peaked your interests? I have to say by far I was happiest with what I can get for my XBox360 over anything coming out for the Wii (I’ve got no PS3). The games that I’m really looking forward that were shown off this year at E3 are Crackdown 2, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Forza Motorsports 3. I’ve spent many hours playing all three of those titles, and I’m happily awaiting their releases. AC2 and FM3 are both slated later this ......

Posted On Thursday, June 4, 2009 9:20 AM

What Programming Language Should I Learn, In Response to Bill Tudor
A fellow GWBlogger, Bill Tudor, recently blogged about the progression he would suggest for someone who is getting started or looking to further themselves as a developer. Some small changes I’d suggest is that when it comes to learning an object oriented language, VB.NET is viable object-oriented, managed runtime language. Sure, the syntax is a bit different, but VB.NET is a competitor too. Also, an alternative to Scheme and Haskell could be F#, still leveraging the .NET framework. However, all ......

Posted On Monday, March 2, 2009 9:41 PM

Design Patterns: GOF or Head First?
So I’m looking to make a purchase to learn more about design patterns. In Code Complete, Steve McConnell makes mention of design patterns very briefly, and I think it would be beneficial for me to go into more depth of my understanding. Currently I’m considering either Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by the GOF or Head First Design Patterns. Amazingly both books have 249 reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon. Personally, I think that I might benefit more from the in depth ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2008 6:02 PM

Balsamiq Mockups – Quickly Make Informal, Approachable Designs
After reading Michael Neel’s article on about Balsamiq Mockups, I thought that the article must be insincere. Go ahead and check the article, itself even titled “You should be using Mockups”. Back yet? Well I’ll continue anyways… As I was saying, the article was too good to be true, and this Adobe Air application seemed to be too much of a dream. Well, needless to say, I decided to check the tool out, and I also flaunted my blog and MVP status to get a chance to test out Mockups for myself. ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:27 PM

Safari Books Online – A First Look
Buying books can get expensive. If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection surmounting that takes up more room than you should probably afford. So what are your options? You could use the library, but then you’re fairly limited in readings. Many of the classic timeless books will be around, but the latest and greatest will be a long time from hitting the shelf, if at all. You could do book trading, if you live in the heart of a thriving technical community. But, we don’t all have that sort of availability, ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:20 AM

At what level is Source Control Management unnecessary?
I work on a two programmer team for a federal credit union. I’ve been here for six months now, and I’d like to explain the problems that I have with working here to you guys. Limited design experience. I have two years professional programming experience, and I’m finding road blocks when I try to learn more from the “Lead” programmer. For me, programming is a passion and something I want to know more and more about. For him, programming was a means to a job that he doesn’t want to get more out of. ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2008 1:21 PM

Getting started with WLW
I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 1:13 PM

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