Author Archives: Chris Missal

About Chris Missal

Oh hey, I'm a Senior Consultant for Headspring in Austin, TX. I've been working in software professionally since 2006 and I really, really love it. I'm mostly in the Microsoft world, but enjoy building computer things of all sorts (to be vague). When I'm not slinging code, I'm probably out and about slinging discs, bowling balls, or good beer with great friends.

Extending Objects in jQuery

Welcome to my journey of ¬†extending objects in JavaScript frameworks; let’s explore jQuery! Extending an object in jQuery is simple, there are just a few rules you need to understand. Extension works from left to right and you’re allowed to … Continue reading 

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Extending Objects with JavaScript

I have been a fan of JavaScript for quite some time, but mostly as an outsider looking in. I feel like I understand many of the concepts and can be fairly dangerous, but recently I have made it a point … Continue reading 

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Build Documentation from your Tests

A couple months ago I decided to toy around with some code ideas in my head. I had two goals: To be able to parse some plain English and make DateTime and Timespans objects. To try out Parsley (because I … Continue reading 

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Using CNAME With Azure

It was really hard to find and asking Google for the answer was tricky so I’m going to let you know: If you’re wanting to use a CNAME with a site that’s hosted on Microsoft Azure, you must be in … Continue reading 

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Why Source Control Matters and Hopefully it’s Git

I had an interesting and fun discussion last week with my fellow Headspring employees. I’m a big advocate of using git and I’m also the type of person that likes clean code and clean commits. Combining these two things and … Continue reading 

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Thinking Linq

I’ve been comfortable using LINQ for what seems like a long time. I’m noticing that I’ve been implementing some of the lesser used functions a bit more as of late, but I’m not sure exactly when they’re appropriate. Take the … Continue reading 

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Using My Powers for Good

When people ask me what I do, more often than not, I tell them that I am lucky because I get paid to do what I love, and it’s something I’d do even if I didn’t have a job. I … Continue reading 

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Software Features, Pick One

A few months back I saw a tweet that stuck with me. It was from Alton Brown. I’m not a foodie, but for some reason, this one stuck in my head. I think it’s because it resonated in other parts … Continue reading 

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Rdio in Twitter

Maybe it’s old news, but I can’t find anything. I recently posted a link to an Artist in Rdio inside a tweet and it showed up playable to me. I can only assume that it’s playable to anybody with a … Continue reading 

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Debugger Trick when Working with UTC DateTimes

A couple days ago, this idea popped into my head when I was listening to a presentation at Austin Code Camp. I finally got around to giving it a try and it works like I hoped! If I have a … Continue reading 

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