Winter Survival

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments by

As we are at the tail end of one of the most brutal winters in recent Minnesota history, it’s not just the physical dust that needs to be cleared off of most surfaces, it is also the mental dust. It is a natural inclination for many, if not most, to just retreat into our caves […]

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iOS 7.1, Xcode 5.1 and Cordova

Mar 12, 2014 No Comments by

tldr: If you have an iPhone that you also use for development and you want to update to the latest minor version (e.g. iOS 7.0 – 7.1), you will need to also perform updates across much, if not most the development tool chain to get things to work properly. My updates included iOS 7.1, Xcode […]

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Web Hosting Rip-Off Artists Dressed in an MSA

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments by

Ok, I just have to rant for a minute or two. Let me preface this first with the standard disclaimer–these opinions are mine, and mine alone, and not necessarily those of my employer. I currently work for a subsidiary owned by a large health plan.  We are employees of the health plan, but operate relatively […]

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Snippet 001- T-SQL — Delete Large Number of Records

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

This is the beginning of my attempt to capture snippets of code or quick tips I come across that helped me resolve issues or that I may use from time to time, but always end up going back and googling to find it later. Recently, I needed to clear a large number of duplicate records […]

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Visual Studio, NuGet (Powershell), and VMware

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

I just built a new Windows 7 virtual machine on my Macbook Pro for development using Visual Studio 2013. Everything installs smoothly and I go to fire up VS, and I get an error in the NuGet Console saying that my Nuget_profile.ps1 is not signed. Now, this isn’t the real issue, so I went down […]

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Importance of Learning the Tools You Already Have

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

I am approaching the 1 year mark having switched from Windows to Mac OS as my primary platform for most computing activities. Being a software developer working primarily in the .Net space, I do run Windows 7 instance on a VMware instance. But the largest learning curve for me, in comparisson to my experience on […]

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Candy and Legos

Oct 18, 2013 No Comments

It is a tired old cliche, but I feel like a kid in a candy store. As developers, new technologies and frameworks are confectionary. For me, I am falling in love with a new kind of candy. I have spent the majority of my career designing and building back-end business systems, but I have seriously […]

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Some Thoughts on Pragmatic Testing and Automation

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

Maybe it’s just me, but I have to admit, I have struggled to get my head around the different concepts of automated testing so as to make practical sense in my development life, and to understand what I am really trying to accomplish when I build and maintain tests.  The fact is that there are […]

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Loving What You Do (Is Only Part of It)

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

I love what I do, but I need to love where I do it and to know that it matters.  It’s not just about money–far from it.  Spending literally close to half of your life in a miserable situation is just that–miserable, and no amount of money is worth it over the long haul.  Sure, we […]

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Coming Back to C++

Jun 12, 2013 No Comments

I love .Net — I have been using it since it was originally released, and actually, since it was in alpha.  It was a paradigm shift in the beginning, but it became second nature in a short time.  The power of the framework and the intuitiveness of C# hooked me, with the familiarity of C++ […]

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