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By Peter Henry on Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:03 PM

If you could describe your ideal work place, how would you?  Not in a novel, as terse as possible.  For me it's 1 + 1 = 3.  Simple isn't it?  If you think it's math, you'd be, well, right and wrong.....WTF you might say?  Let me explain.

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 1:50 PM

If you're going Agile, are you looking into "Agile" utilities/tools to help you manage your Sprint/Product backlog?  What about scrum meetings?  Retrospectives?  If you're thinking they'll cost you an arm and a leg, you could be in for a pleasant surprise!

By Peter Henry on Sunday, December 07, 2008 9:03 PM

In learning more (and more and more :>) about Agile, I would like to summaryize the guiding principles behind Agile according to the 17 original creators.  To often I've read, seen even experienced people saying if you're doing X, Y AND Z then you're NOT doing Agile.  hhhhmmmmm  Agile is a set of principles right?  Not rules, correct?  So as long as you're trying to follow the guidelines, I think you'll be safe (by me that is) that you're Agile. :>

By Peter Henry on Friday, December 05, 2008 11:04 PM

A bit antagonistic, but to the point, what's in it for me?  Well, it depends on your point of view, are you a manager or a developer for example.  Read on for a quick insight into Agile and what it can do for you.

By Peter Henry on Friday, December 05, 2008 9:26 PM

So you LOVE Generics eh?  But are you "limiting" them at all?  What about with the right scope?  Read on for more information.

By Peter Henry on Friday, December 05, 2008 1:40 PM

Ok, the subject line might be a bit harsh, but it conveys my point.  The point being, Agile itself is a simple set of processes/steps/guidelines.  If it didn't work for you or your company, maybe you should be asking yourself if it just exposed hidden problems that were there all along?

By Peter Henry on Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:07 AM

Are you a perfectionist and a developer or do you know someone who is? 

We know we're not supposed to check in code that does not compile, but do you get the sweats checking in feature incomplete code?  Do you stress out about having to release a "minor" version cause you know "the job's just not done yet?"  How do you feel about starting on a new task before finishing the last one?  Does it drive you batty to be told by your team lead "that task" is done when you know there's just a bit more time required to make it juuuuuuust right?  Gold plating?  Maybe, but juuuuuust another hour to make it perfect!  Does any of this sound familiar?

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, December 02, 2008 2:54 PM

Is your dev team Agile?  No, I don't mean quick or dynamic, but are you following Agile development practises?  Join me on a journey to learn more about Agile.

By Peter Henry on Friday, November 28, 2008 1:53 PM

Have you even gone to a presentation and wished the presenter could just zoom in on one small piece on the screen?  Have you ever given a presentation and wanted to point out one specific piece of information on the screen and found yourself stretching/pointing at the white screen?  There is a fantastic utility to help you out called ZoomIt.  Read on for further details.

By Peter Henry on Friday, November 28, 2008 10:16 AM

Do you have the .NET String formatting strings memorized?  Do you have the entire ASP.NET page life cycle memorized?  Do you know ALL the built in code-snippets?  If you don't, here's a great .NET cheat sheet!

 John Sheehan's blog - Just Sayin' More Words blog entry about .NET Cheat Sheets:

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:01 PM

Have you ever been part of a team run by a project manager who had no budget?  What about by someone who was cheap?  Frugal usually implies being smart or wise with your money but when was the last time you used that word to describe your PM?  Have you ever been on a project where the PM/manager/boss was willing to spend a little bit of money where it made sense?  Dual monitors/LCDs come to mind.  Which projects did you enjoy being a part of?  I bet I can guess which ones!  Read on to see what one PM (Jeffery Palermo) did to help improve his team's communications, very cool read!

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:42 PM

Are you still developing with Courier New as your default font in Visual Studio?  I have to ask you, WHY?  Oh, TrueType is a good font technology, but there's a new kid on the block especially made for LCDs called ClearType.  Read on for further details and screen shots of what you could be seeing in VS.

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:50 AM
I've participated in three study groups and have seen some doozies in the past two years, but at the same time, I've seen some AWESOME ones!  It's amazing how creative people can get with a bit of preparation! 

 I saw this post today about 10 "tips" to give a bad presentation (can you sense the sarcasm? :>). 

 The overall theme about Mr. Evan’s post, preparation is king!  No prep, you’re chances of success diminish significantly.


By Peter Henry on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:35 PM

Have you seen this message before but have NO clue how to fix it?  I have a few of the common links here, AS WELL as one which actually fixed the problem I was having, which you might be having too and can't seem to find the answer.

By Peter Henry on Monday, October 27, 2008 10:17 PM

Have you ever asked a senior developer for help?  What did they do?  Were they actually helpful or did they just talk over your head? 

I think to climb the corporate ladder, "teaching" should be a mandatory skill!  Unfortunately not too many companies value teaching as an asset.

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:58 AM

As developers, we've been asked to "rework" pieces of code/sql to optimize it.  But have you ever questioned WHY?  Still forced to optimize eh?  Seems like you've been stung with Premature Optimization.

By Peter Henry on Friday, October 17, 2008 9:56 AM

Every once in a while I want to know how the CLR datatypes map up to the SQL Server data types and I can never remember the link.  Well, here it is.

By Peter Henry on Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:21 PM

I've been using Generics for a little while now (List<Team> = new List<Team>()); and I'm liking them quite a bit.  I LOVE the strong typing it gives me, It's ALWAYS better to find bugs at compile time than at runtime.  But I always forget the predicate syntax for anonymous methods.  So here it is for all posterity.

By Peter Henry on Friday, October 10, 2008 12:30 AM

 Using a GridView with ObjectDataSource or SqlDataSource, parameter setting results in Page Not Found error in IIS but works perfectly on Vista?

By Peter Henry on Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:07 PM

I read today on Sara Ford's blog a VS trick about forcing VS to put the MRU file opened on the far left.

As you open up files for viewing/editing, they're added to the tabs to the right of the current one.  Well after opening a few, ok, more than a few, they start to drop off out of view! :<  It can be frustrating cause chances are the files you're looking at only once in a while are already in your face on the left, but the ones you REALLY want are gone!  Sara's got a fantastic registry trick to fix that!  The trick forces all the most recently used (MRU) files to the far left, therefore the more recent the file is, the further to the left it is.

If you just want the reg key, here it is.

Under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0 key, you can create a DWORD UseMRUDocOrdering = 1

If you want more details, please visit Sara's blog.

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