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.

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 

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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 

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How to Serve a Static File from toto

Also, How to Use Google Apps with toto Context: Google Apps, toto, dorothy, plain HTML I am using the toto blog engine to publish the Polyglot Programmers of Austin site because I have always wanted blogging to comprise nothing more … Continue reading 

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