Top Ten Tips to Prevent Insanity (Software Psychosis)

Yoyo you wonderful bear followers, I hope today finds you well and for those of you in the UK I hope your snow-related torment hasn’t been too painful to endure and you’ve all stayed safe 🙂 In the shower today (apologies for the mental imagery!) I started to mull over what I would tell someone, […]

Looking for a Lighthouse

Happy New Year all and I truly hope you all enjoyed a terrific festive period. As a little weekend treat, I decided to pick myself up a copy of the ‘net’ magazine, mainly due to the included feature articles on which web development and design tools are ‘en-flique’ (that one is for Claire; a trip […]

PERT Estimation 101

Task estimates; the very real enemy of the developer. The numbers you provide for a task or piece of project work (whether this is in hours, days, story points, etc.), as an ‘estimate’, are often not being viewed as an approximation by all involved. This particular subject is covered, rather marvellously by Robert C.Martin, aka […]

Coding Snippets in SSMS (Microsoft SQL Server)

Hi all, Continuing on with the idea of coding snippets, here’s a follow up showing the (very similar) procedure for creating snippets in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). As before, you’ll need a file with the ‘.snippet’ extension to begin, which contains a snippet in an XML format. A basic example is shown below for […]

Code Snippets in Visual Studio (C#)

Hi all, This post forms part of a mini-series that I’d like to do surrounding the topic of code snippets. I have, for some time, been using these merrily within Microsoft SQL Server (which I’ll cover) but have neglected to look at creating custom snippets in every other environment I am privy to. Time to […]

Developer Testing Hints and Tips

Howdy happy campers. I want to discuss a piece, somewhat divergent from the topic of physical coding, although still a facet of development that is close to my heart (and easy to overlook in many respects when constantly mashing keys and churning out code); developer testing. More specifically, I want to provide a set of […]