Author Archives: Sharon Cichelli

About Sharon Cichelli

I am a Headspring Senior Consultant, developing custom enterprise software for our clients and leading training classes on the latest Microsoft technologies. I blog about .NET development, best practices in agile software development, and my nerdy hobbies.

Pin 13 Considered Harmful

The scariest thing about teaching is the risk of being wrong. Maybe you can relate? Written some blog posts, given a few talks, published an article, and then found out your spiel contained a piece of inaccurate—or even damaging—information? Hits … Continue reading 

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Message around a brick: Rising to traffic spikes

LEGO.com impressed me with its ability to scale to handle a spike in traffic last Thursday. Seeing it through the lens of Jimmy Bogard’s presentation “Telephones and postcards: Our brave new world of messaging,” I paid attention to what LEGO … Continue reading 

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Welcome Patrick Lioi to Los Techies

I am the lucky donkey who gets to announce Patrick Lioi has joined Los Techies. I’ve benefited from working with Patrick at two jobs now; the first was a happy coincidence, the second, quite deliberate. Patrick is interested in what … Continue reading 

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Getting a Fix on Fixie

My friend Patrick Lioi (@plioi) is writing Fixie, a testing framework, and I’m using it in one of my projects, a genogram generator (which I will write about once it does something interesting). Why make a testing framework when we … Continue reading 

Posted in Open-Source Software, unit testing | 7 Comments

Everything’s Coming Up ‘Duino

I just went to Barnes and Noble and bought a magazine with my name in it. :D Check it out: “Hello, Arduino” in CODE Magazine, an introduction to the programmable microcontroller designed to be approachable and fun. If you’ve ever … Continue reading 

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Presenters, Use Code Snippets for Live Coding

Creating code live on the fly makes a more compelling demo, but actually typing those curly braces and semi-colons can kill a presentation. As hard as it is not to say “um”, it’s nigh impossible to not make a million … Continue reading 

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Intro to the Arduino at CodeMash

I’m presenting an introduction to the Arduino microcontroller at CodeMash Friday morning at 9:30. Resources for getting started with the Arduino are on GirlWritesCode.com. If you’re at CodeMash, I invite you to the talk. It’ll be a blast, and I … Continue reading 

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A Good Night’s Rest

I am not the only techie who struggles to get enough sleep. I’ve recently instituted a lifehack that is giving me some relief, and I want to share it. To my sleep-deprived sisters and brothers, this one’s for you. Although … Continue reading 

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Accessible Markup: Provide a pronunciation tip to screenreaders

Last weekend concluded my team’s contribution to Knowbility’s Open AIR competition, building an accessible website for Texas ROSE, who advocates for electric utility customers. I encountered an interesting challenge, while I was testing the site with a screenreader: It pronounced … Continue reading 

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New Location for ReSharper Shortcut for Context-Sensitive Unit-Test Running

If you liked my tip for mapping a keyboard shortcut to the ReSharper Shortcut for Context-Sensitive Unit-Test Running, you’ll want to know that the name of that command is different in ReSharper 6. The context-sensitive test runner command is: ReSharper.ReSharper_ReSharper_UnitTest_RunContext … Continue reading 

Posted in Resharper, shortcut, unit testing, Visual Studio | 2 Comments