On every project I’ve worked on, I’ve come to a point where performance or memory usage of the application is an issue. And every time, the company has no license for a profiling tool, nor do they want to invest in it. Every time, we’ve had to resort ourselves to free trials of tools, which only last for a couple of days. When that trial period is over, and you encounter a similar problem 3 months later, you have to

The situation is simple: we need to send messages to another system the developers of the other system need documentation on the layout of these messages this is a company-specific protocol (no JSON or anything standard, because we’re talking to old Fortran machines here) naturally, the documentation is made in Word files Taking an example from a session I saw at ngEurope, I decided we might be better off auto-generating this documentation. Keeping Word files in sync with the evolving

Readlists is a handy web app where you can create your own ebook based on web pages. I needed the Durandal documentation offline (to take with me on the train) and the Durandal site doesn’t offer the latest docs for download. Here’s where Readlists comes in. You just give your ebook a title, a description and the necessary links. Readlists does the rest and creates an ebook for you that you can download, send to your Kindle,… It’s all very

Following my previous post on UML, I’d like to point out a tool I like very much. It’s only for sequence diagrams but I find it does the job very good, and real quick too. Also, it’s far less of a pain than Microsoft Visio when changes have to be made. The name is Tracemodeler and can be found on tracemodeler.com. The advantages are plenty. For the record, I did not code this tool, so I’m not trying to sell