How We Do Things – Evolving our Planning Practice

This content comes solely from my experience, study, and a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I make no claims stating that which works for me will work for you. As with all things, your mileage may vary, and … Continue reading 

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How We Do Things – Who we are, Where we were, Where we stand

This content comes solely from my experience, study, and a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I make no claims stating that which works for me will work for you. As with all things, your mileage may vary, and … Continue reading 

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How we do things – Preamble and Contents

This content comes solely from my experience, study, and a lot of trial and error (mostly error). I make no claims stating that which works for me will work for you. As with all things, your mileage may vary, and … Continue reading 

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Quit Living in the Past – Practices Evolve

In 1846 it wasn’t a required practice for medical professionals to wash their hands or equipment when treating a patient. In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweis experimented and discovered that incidences of maternal death from Puerperal fever at Vienna General Hospital were … Continue reading 

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Well-constructed != Over-architected

Let’s imagine for a moment that we’re building a dog house for our beloved family pet. We want it to protect Rover from the elements, be a comfortable place for him to escape the sun and relax, and in general, … Continue reading 

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Smart and gets things done *right*

I suppose it’s time for the obligatory weigh-in on the latest bit o’ reckless software advice from Joel Spolsky on the merits of the “Duct Tape Programmer”. I think being a duct tape programmer is a bit like being an … Continue reading 

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Would you like to know how I do things?

Over the years, as I speak to other developers, or give presentations at events, I always end up with a lot of questions about “How do you…[x]?” It occurs to me that there’s an awful lot of information out there … Continue reading 

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Mac OS X Tip: Install two versions of the same app (or run two instances)

For my recently former Windows brothers out there who may not be clued into this – you can’t run two instances of an app on OS X (at least not from the normal UI) nor can you install say, two … Continue reading 

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Some new blogs to check out

This week two of the members of my team finally jumped into the blogging scene in an effort to share what they’ve learned, give back (so to speak) to the community, and, in some ways, learn out loud. For those … Continue reading 

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How I Set Up My Mac

Some time ago I switched to Mac OS X for my day to day work, using Windows only in a virtual machine for when I absolutely needed to use Visual Studio. I just got a new 15″ MacBook Pro as … Continue reading 

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