Category Archives: Software

Finding Time to Innovate


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As developers, we’ve all experienced the frustration of losing touch with the latest and greatest technologies that so captured our fascination in the first place. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this … Continue reading

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ParallelFX: Armed and Dangerous


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Last Tuesday I attended a presentation by Rob Windsor of the TVBUG user group on the new parallel extensions in .Net 4. I had tried out some of the extensions back when ParallelFX was still an RC candidate, but the … Continue reading

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WP7: Rendering Content to a Bitmap


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Sometimes you need to render UI content, such as text, to a background bitmap. This can be handy for animation or saving on render time for static content. In Silverlight for Windows Phone 7, this is as easy as creating … Continue reading

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Google Tries to Chrome the Enterprise


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While its possible Google knows something I don’t, as someone who’s spent a fair chunk of my career building software for the enterprise their latest attempt to ratchet themselves into that market seems somewhat naive. Recommend on Facebook Share on … Continue reading

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Planning for Failure: The Problem With Working Overtime

There’s an old programmer quote that goes something like this,

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think
“I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

I feel the same way about teams working overtime. Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7: Cutting Transparency Down To Size


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I know that few developers these days give a second thought to such trivialities as application footprint, but as someone who lived through the DOS era I still get queasy when I know I’m wasting space. Now with the spotlight … Continue reading

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Cliques Are For High School, Not Your Business


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They say the secret to a successful marriage is good communication. I’m not entirely sure who “they” are, or even the current state of their plans for world domination via a complex scheme of pulleys and hamster wheels, but on … Continue reading

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AzureFest


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Last Saturday I attended AzureFest at Microsoft Canada. Big thanks to Cory Fowler at ObjectSharp for the presentation! In addition to learning about Azure and meeting some great people, I was also inspired by the bizarre “development machines” that some … Continue reading

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Where Have All the (Windows) Flowers Gone?


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It’s funny, but as the Windows operating system edges into the spot of #1 software franchise in the world it seems distressingly difficult to promote apps that actually run on it. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it … Continue reading

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