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Tackling Legacy Code – Final Thoughts

This is the third and final part in my short series on tackling legacy code. Previously, I wrote about general coding techniques, and about the organizational and operational requirements. I would like to close with some final thoughts. Technology isn’t the problem We developers can’t help but get enthusiastic about new technologies: languages, frameworks, libraries, […]

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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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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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