Category Archives: Software Development

PDC 2008 – Precon

Got into LA last night and attended Charles Petzold’s WPF Code and Concepts precon session.  Good stuff.  I bought a few books from the bookstore MS set up at the PDC and got this free .NET 4.0 poster.  It has a … Continue reading

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Microsoft Dev Days in Denver

If you want to get some free exposure to the VS 2008 and Office technologies, sign up for Dev Days.  It is coming to my local MS office (Denver) – details listed below. When: Thursday, January 31, 2008 8:30 AM … Continue reading

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Interface Design: Pragmatism vs Dogmatism

Someone pointed out this blog post to me: http://kirillosenkov.blogspot.com/2007/08/choosing-interface-vs-abstract-class.html The following quote concerns me: "An interface should define at most one member." I cringe at hard-and-fast rules like this.  I understand the author’s sentiment but I guess I would have … Continue reading

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Using C# 3.0 Extensions Methods to Simplify WinForms Thread Marshalling

Most folks know by now that if you don’t call a WinForms control method on the same thread that created it, you are asking for trouble.  In fact on .NET 2.0 the WinForms team did the right thing in throwing … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Habits/Traits of a Great Software Developer

Masters their primary programming language and support library.  If you’re a .NET developer around here that means C# and the .NET Framework.  This one is fairly obvious, right?  These tools are your bread and butter. Masters their development tools especially the debugging tools.  You … Continue reading

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Choosing PDC Breakout Sessions

Every PDC always presents me with really hard choices.  I wish I could clone myself and attend two different sessions that are scheduled at the same time.  For example, on Thursday at 1:45 pm there is Anders session on The … Continue reading

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I’m PDC 2005 Bound

Just registered the other day for the Microsoft PDC 2005. This will be the sixth PDC for me.  I’ve been to: 1993 – Anaheim – Win32/OLE 1996 – San Francisco – Activating the Intenet 1997 – San Diego – COM3 … Continue reading

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