I’ve been doing a lot of research on LINQ for episode 6 of the Coding Blocks podcast and I was a bit surprised by what I came up with.
I had originally thought of LINQ as a feature. I had heard the parable of the guy at the white board, writing what they thought code should look like and then worked backwards on how to get there. This makes sense, but what surprised me was just how much of the building blocks were already there.
I wrote a blog post about it over at codingblocks.net, so go check it out: What’s So Special About LINQ?.
Many years ago I purchased your book C# in Depth because I wanted to transition into C# development. I blogged about it, and you actually advised me to read something more introductory in the comments.
And it worked!
I’ve been not-so-secretly working on a podcast over at CodingBlocks.net. I’ve been doing a lot of research to try and nail down exactly what I want in a podcast.
As part of that research I’ve been exposed to a lot of new listening.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I put together a collection of audiobooks that get mentioned whenever the discussion turns to “reading”.
Unfortunately there aren’t many books about code, but there are some for the infosec crowd and even more for those with an entrepreneurial bent.
Many applications require customers (don’t call them users!) to sign up with a username or email address to use the service.
If a user mistypes their credentials, security best practices dictate that an error message be displayed which informs the customer that there was a problem WITHOUT revealing whether or not the username was found.
The Dark Side of Unit Testing
There are a lot of opinions around unit testing coverage tools, and I get the debate. However, if I’m working on a fun, no-deadline, side project then I don’t have a lot of excuses for ignoring it. Especially when dependencies are basically null, like ColorMine.
UPDATE: Just found out that most of the book was actually copyright 2000, even more impressive!
I just finished reading Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World and wanted to write up some of my thoughts while it was still fresh in my mind.
I’m still putting together my 2013 goals, but I do know that one of them is to launch more sites.
I’ve been doing this whole internet thing for a long time now, I really aught to have more to show for it.
Knowing that perfect is the enemy of good enough I’ve opted to take a release early and release often approach to launching sites.
First up is colormine.org. It’s a simple site that wraps a small color library I wrote.
I didn’t post my resolutions last year, but I actually came up with a big list of SMART goals for the year and I managed to complete about 3/4 of them.
My theme last year was Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.
Yes, I had a theme.
These types of posts have been done ad nauseam, but I’m putting together my own short list for a presentation so I thought I’d share.
They’re not such a big deal in the grand scope of life, the universe and everything, in fact, these are far from the worst missteps you can take in programming.
However, seeing these same problems year after year drives me crazy. It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.
It makes my soul hurt.