List/Grid Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Just Observe

One of the most common instincts of a developer when starting on a new team is to look at the way the application has been designed and find ways that it can be done differently. ...
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Using IDisposable to write cleaner code

Just before I start I should mention here that this is not a new idea and there is a good chance that you have already seen and used it. This is a very simple trick that helps simplify ...
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Reclaiming the ’501 Developer’ manifesto

I’ve recently found myself in a bit of conflict over how I feel about this post outlining a 501 developer manifesto, aimed at those who choose to avoid making work run their life ...
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Getting the public static readonly strings and public const strings (and their values) from a class

Quite a few projects have one or more classes with with a bunch of public const stringor public static readonly string values. Use const when things are really constant (like registry ...
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Predicting the Mobile Future

Many people have been asking me about my predictions for the future as far as the mobile platforms go. I thought I would take a moment to write up a blog post detailing out what I think ...
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Beware of big Task Parallel Library Operations

Take a look at the following code: class Program { static void Main() { var list = Enumerable.Range(0, 10 * 1000).ToList();var task = ProcessList(list, ...
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Effectiveness of Teams

Agile places an emphasis on the importance of the team. The team make the decisions: what do we work on today, how do we tackle our constraints, even who should be in the group. But ...
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Simple MVVM Toolkit versus MVVM Light Toolkit

DISCLAIMER: This comparison was performed around a year ago. Since then the MVVM Light Toolkit has been updated, so this article might not accurately reflect its features. Now that ...
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BDD to the rescue

BDD can help you in more than one way. First and foremost it removes the ambiguity from the requirements; but taking it a step further could give you a lot of significant benefits. Programmers ...
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Performance oriented .NET XML and JSON serialization

Microsoft .NET framework provides multiple out-of-the-box data serializers for data transformations. The most famous one used since .NET 1.0 version is XmlSerializer, while one that ...
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