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Declarative Programming in Depth

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog. You can check out the original here, at their site. Most people that start programming learn to program in an imperative way. Shortly after, they will probably learn a declarative language too. Many developers go a long way without knowing the difference. Many will probably […]

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Software Architecture: The 5 Patterns You Need to Know

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the NDepend blog. You can check out the original here, at their site. When I was attending night school to become a programmer, I learned several design patterns: singleton, repository, factory, builder, decorator, etc. Design patterns give us a proven solution to existing and recurring problems. What […]

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Understanding the .NET Build Configuration System

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the Submain blog. You can check out the original here, at their site. When you create a .NET application in Visual Studio, it contains two build configurations: Debug and Release. But what does this mean exactly? Most developers will tell you that you can transform your Web.config […]

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9 Tips for Simplifying Your Code Documentation

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the Submain blog. You can check out the original here, at their site. Documenting your code is important. It tells other developers what the code does, why it is constructed in a certain way, and how to use it. Good documentation saves them time when they are […]

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Stylecop: A Detailed Guide to Starting and Using It

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for the Submain blog. You can check out the original here, at their site. Put two developers together and they’re bound to have a discussion about coding style. No two developers write code in the exact same way. More often than not, one isn’t better than the other and it’s […]

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Pull Requests aren’t a Policing Strategy

Pull Requests have become a well-known concept in open-source projects, not in the least thanks to GitHub. But pull requests are also finding their way to the enterprise and closed-source projects. Making pull requests part of your team’s workflow might require some changes to your daily routine, but it will result in better code and […]

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External blogging recap

I’ve been blogging for 10 years now, starting with a simple opinion on UML. In those 10 years, I’ve had productive and less productive years, in regards to writing. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of getting involved in HitSubscribe (by Erik Dietrich and his wife Amanda), allowing me to combine something I like with an […]

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RedStar.Amounts to Avoid Primitive Obsession

I’ve been programming for more than 10 years now, and only recently heard about Primitive Obsession. I’ve been guilty of this now and then. But I’ve also written/extended a library that tackles exactly that. Primitive Obsession is the use of primitive data types (i.e. strings, integers, doubles, etc.) for simple tasks, instead of using small […]

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