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Providing technical information from a slight slanted standpoint.
By Peter Henry on Thursday, January 29, 2009 10:17 PM

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued a scam warning last summer which seems to be making it's rounds again (thanks NK for the info).  With tax time upon us soon, I guess this is why this is coming around again. Read on for more details.

By Peter Henry on Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:40 PM

Ever visit some webpages and see a funky look'n webpage icon in your browser's address bar?  If you save that page to your favourites/bookmark the page, you'll probably see it there too.  Ever wonder how they do that?  WHAT is that thing called anyways!  It's called a "favicon" and continue reading if you want to know how to set one up for your website.

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:03 PM

I read this article on the Developer Connection this afternoon and it's pretty cool!  Please read on for a direct correlation between your potential success at work and what you do in your spare time.

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:31 PM

Are you annoyed that when you create a new class with Visual Studio it doesn't make the class public?  Are you like me and always forget to make it public but smack your forehead when your code won't compile and go "OH MAN! I forgot that AGAIN?!" :<  Well, no more, I can help you fix that small annoyance and a few others too! :>  Read on.

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:52 PM

In trying to learn things about a new company, new processes, new tools, it's quite overwhelming, so I wrote up two little cheatsheets/cribsheets to help me rememeber key shortcuts for VisualSVN and CodeRush Xpress.  Read on to check them out.

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 9:24 PM

Earlier this month I wrote one of those "what I'm going to do to become a better geek...uh....codehead.....uh coder!" :>  Read on to check on my progress so far.

PS Don't expect miracles here, it's only been three weeks, this is more for me than anything else you could say.

By Peter Henry on Sunday, January 25, 2009 2:27 PM

Are you all of a sudden getting Microsoft Word macro/virus warnings?  Not sure where they're coming from?  Don't remember installing anything recently?  Read on for further details about a possible solution!

By Peter Henry on Thursday, January 22, 2009 10:48 PM

What are you using for your source control?  Are you using the antiquated, buggy and very unstable Microsoft Visual SourceSafe (VSS)?  If you are, then it's time you did yourself a favour and check out VisualSVN!  I pretty much guarantee you it won't cost you more than an hour of investigation and MAYBE another hour to install AND configure the server and client!  Yup, it's THAT fast and easy!  Read on for some further details about my recent and brief VisualSVN experiences.

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:44 PM

This was up on a coworkers (SG) cubicle wall and I laughed so hard when I saw it!  If you don't laugh as hard as I did, at least I think you'll say "it's about freak'n time!" :>>>>

By Peter Henry on Friday, January 16, 2009 2:19 PM

The Ottawa Code Camp organizing group have released the date for this years event, Saturday, April 25, 2009 (Date being modified and updated, potential date is May 2 or 9)!  Please read on for more information.

By Peter Henry on Thursday, January 15, 2009 11:25 PM
Are you looking to get more out of Visual Studio? Do you use a special refactoring tool or are you like most people (IMHO) and just use what Visual Studio gives you?  F2 to rename is the easiest refactoring feature to use, but the others aren’t so straight forward. Most of the time it’s just easier to do the other refactoring tasks by hand instead of trusting Visual Studio. 
 
Well that’s all going to change! After watching a cool tips’n’tricks vid for Visual Studio I found out about a cool FREE tool called CodeRush Xpress!
 
Please read on for further information about this great tool!
By Peter Henry on Monday, January 12, 2009 1:53 PM

A friend of mine (thanks NK :>) sent this to me and it's too good to keep to myself, I have to share this!  Too cute!  Enjoy!

By Peter Henry on Thursday, January 08, 2009 9:53 PM

I was on an interview a few weeks back and someone asked me about a question which is obviously framed to gain insight into the person's thinking process.  How would you answer the following question (read on).

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 9:50 PM

Maybe you seen these types of blog posts before, so what, you ask, right?  They're kind of bogus New Year's resolutions which inevitably get broken/ignored/disregarded. :< Well, not only do I plan on consciously working on my list continually throughout the year, but I hope to report on my progress every once in a while to keep accountable (yup, trying to learn something from Agile :>).

I’m also hoping this posting gives you (veteran readers, all two of you :> or noobs to my site) a bit of a heads up on what type of blog posts I’ll be putting up!  And yes, I'll obviously put up code as well! :> 

Continue reading to see what things I'm planning on working on to become a better codehead, uh, coder.  If you like what you see, please come back for new and exciting posts!

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:49 PM

Are you thinking of starting up a study group to help get a technical certification?  Study groups are great for achieving certifications for what they provide, positive learning environment, non judgemental, enthusiastic and willing participants.  But is that all you need?  Unfortunately a bit more is required.  Read on for some of my personal experiences with running three study groups.

Warning: Due to the type of material this is, this is a long post.

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.

     
  
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