Monday, June 25, 2007

WCF Webcast Series

Wow, Michele Leroux Bustamante is delivering a serie of 15 webcasts on WCF this summer. This is going to be some first class education on the Windows Communication Foundation. If you're into WCF, this should not be missed!  

How to read a book

Charles Petzold gives some great advice at how to read a book. He mentions some of the tips 'n tricks I already learned over the past couple of years:

  • Don't get distracted in any way: no television, PC or Nintendo Wii should be in the same room as you and your book.
  • Depending on the kind of book you are reading, always have a pen, a piece of paper and a dictionary close by. When I get some ideas or want to look something up while I am reading a book,
     I always write it down.
  • Peace and quiet is essential. Although I've tried reading technical books when my wife and three kids were around, the best reading hours for me is when they all went to sleep.

Although I find it difficult to read long articles or books on a computer (maybe because of the distractions), I would like to try out some device like the Sony Reader.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

My programmer personality type is ... DHTB

You're a Doer.
You are very quick at getting tasks done. You believe the outcome is the most important part of a task and the faster you can reach that outcome the better. After all, time is money.

You like coding at a High level.
The world is made up of objects and components, you should create your programs in the same way.

You work best in a Team.
A good group is better than the sum of it's parts. The only thing better than a genius programmer is a cohesive group of genius programmers.

You are a liBeral programmer.
Programming is a complex task and you should use white space and comments as freely as possible to help simplify the task. We're not writing on paper anymore so we can take up as much room as we need.


Give the Programmer Personality Test a try. It only takes a couple of minutes. 

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

ALT.NET - Summary

Great summary on being ALT.NET. I don't completely agree with the hot-or-not list of Roy, therefore I like the modified list of Sam much more. My goal in life is to be ALT.NET and I don't want to underestimate the power of the dark side ;-).

PS: Put the Windows Communication Foundation on the 'hot' list.

Speeding up Visual Studio 2005

Read this if you are tired of waiting: five easy steps to speed up Visual Studio 2005.

Persistence Ignorance. Finally!

Daniel Simmons, talks about persistence ignorance and how it will be incorporated in next version(s) of the ADO.NET Entity Framework. In a previous post, I already mentioned the lack of persistence ignorance for the business objects. He mentions that you have to sacrifice some performance when you want to isolate your business objects from persistence, wich is fine by me. I don't care about that. I believe this is a good step forward for the entity framework. It's still questionable that the first version(s) will be good enough to use with DDD approaches (also see this post from Scott Bellware), but there is hope for the future. Kudos to the ADO.NET team for their efforts to actually get down and listen to the community and incorporating the feedback into the binaries the  as well.