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My blog of techy stuff, ranging around SQL (SQL Server, that is), C# and .net, JavaScript and a smattering of stuff about the Orchard CMS (that powers my site) as I get more familiar with it. There's the occasional non-technical post when something is of interest to me that I feel is worth sharing, but they should be few and far between

  • Developers, Developers, Developers ;)

    [Via: The JobSyntax Blog]

    I came across an interesting blog entry (linked below) that discuss how to keep software developers / engineers (pick your preferred terminology) happy. …

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  • Parsing an XML file from classic ASP

    Part of an application I work on derives some of its configuration from the contents of a global.asa file, with configuration hard-coded. I've been looking at ways of separating the configuration out …

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  • Development Abstraction Layer

    The Development Abstraction Layer - Joel on Software

    This really made me smile, particularly the quote "Management's primary responsibility to create the illusion that a software …

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  • Hiring for Potential

    Heather Leigh of Microsoft has an interesting few words to say regarding hiring for potential. Well, most of the article isn't directly about hiring for potential, but it's the bit that caught my eye. …

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  • Do it, Delegate it or Dump it

    Sure I've waffled about this before, but there's an article on StickyMinds.com titled "Win-Win Delegation" in which the most important (to my mind) point is "Delegate Authority with the Task". There' …

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  • Done, done and done!

    [StickyMinds.com] Done and DONE-done - The Magic of Completion Criteria

    Another great article from stickminds, which shows the importance of defining requirements, in this instance …

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  • Project Management

    Grand Designs (on Channel 4 on November 2nd 2005) was all about a build in Belfast. After having seen the organised chaos that is many of the other builds that Grand Designs has showcased, this one …

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  • Developer (& Tester!) Quality

    Joel of Joel on Software posted an interesting entry a while ago that makes a point about time vs developer resource.

    The part I'm interested in starts about a third of the way …

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  • Managing...

    Time -- Time Management Tips for Developers

    Collect all tasks in a to-do list -- I started doing this fairly recently (in part prompted by an internally delivered training course I …

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  • What are the INFORMATION_SCHEMA views?

    They're fantastically useful things which make it easy to access metadata in SQL Server in a (theoretically!) version agnostic manner. I've mentioned them (or similar) in SQL Server 2005: sysXXXX …

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