List/Grid Monthly Archives: April 2012


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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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