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.

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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The post you don’t want to read on the topic I don’t want to write about

I’m going to give you a phrase of power. Use it wisely. Ready? I want to hear what you have to say. If you know a developer who ought to be presenting at conferences or writing blog posts and isn’t, … Continue reading 

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How Not to Say "Um" When Presenting

I’ll start with the tip, then unpack the reason why it works and explain how to apply it. To avoid those hemming and hawing filler words—um, y’know, like—and give your presentations the polish of eloquence: Make eye contact. An Excursion … Continue reading 

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Coding with Friends: You should be here, too!

Come hang out with us this Thursday. Polyglot Programmers of Austin is a co-working study group for people learning a new programming language (or their first), 2nd and 4th Thursdays. We bring our laptops and work individually or in pairs … Continue reading 

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Why go to a Prolog talk?

I’m famous!* At this year’s CodeMash conference, O’Reilly Media interviewed CodeMash attendees about our languages and technologies of interest, and I’m in it. Now take note of my face starting at 1:15, when I’m asked what programming language I’d like … Continue reading 

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