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App.Config: Basics and Best Practices

Note: I originally wrote this for SubMain. You can find the original here. In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the .NET build configuration system. I mentioned the app.config file, but didn’t really dive into it. So let’s take a closer look at this file now.¬†When you create a (non-web) .NET Framework application […]

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Declarative Programming In Depth

Editorial note: I originally wrote this for the NDepend blog. You can find the original here. 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 never know. And they […]

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Advanced Git Commands: Rewriting History

Editorial note: I originally wrote this post for ASPE. You can check out the original here, at their site. When developers use Git, they often use a combination of a graphical user interface and the command line. A GUI has a low barrier to entry, but many of us want to leverage the power that […]

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Why Can’t I Break The Build?

Most developers know you should never break the build. Most will also take care not to do so. And when it happens, they know it should be fixed as soon as possible. But why is that? Why is the build so important? And what arguments can we give to the more sloppy developers who don’t […]

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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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