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26
Aug
2008

PureText

I spotted this post on Scott Watermasysk's site the other day. I've been looking for something like PureText for ages.

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25
Aug
2008

Nokia N96 vs HTC Touch Pro

UPDATE:  20 Oct 2008 - have spent some time playing with both handsets, and even more time looking at Windows Mobile as a whole. Since I travel a lot, and will not be buying a handset as part of a plan or contract, I'll be buying an unlocked, full retail price device - and have decided to wait a little longer before taking the plunge.

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18
Aug
2008

Database Change Management

A recent tweet led me to an Alt.Net Canada video - which was discussing the build process, build skill-sets and the complexity of maintaining a large build scripts.

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05
Aug
2008

CBC

I got all nostalgic and Canadian this evening - after I took my first good look at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's web site. A fantastic site - I was totally blown away. Easily as good as the BBC site if not better and a top level example of brilliant design, XHTML, CSS and JavaScript (including jQuery).

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Ok - well I'll at least give Microsoft credit for posting this... but argh....... I tried in vane to find an option from within Media Player for about 20 minutes before Googling.

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01
Aug
2008

Last.fm

Having spotted a tweet on Pandora.com - and then of course discovering that Pandora.com is not available outside the U.S., I was inspired to take a proper look at Last.fm. Incredible.

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31
Jul
2008

Themes for WPF

Just like Josh Smith I was looking around for some pre-rolled themes for WPF, and wondered why there was so little activity in this area.

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18
Jul
2008

Current Reading

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You know sometimes I wish I'd been a plumber...

Not all of these are cover-to-cover magnifying glass reads, and this is only a small part of my library - however these are currently at the top of the pile. Linq in Action has so far been a brilliant book - and it will be a cover to cover careful read. CLR via C# is a must read for anyone that's been programming in .Net for more than a year or two (I'm thumbing through it for the 2nd time in my spare time). C# 3.0 in a Nutshell has so far proved to be an invaluable desktop reference and Joseph Albahari is a brilliant author. 

What I particularly like about this book are the examples and gotchas included with every entry; much more than just MSDN in print and much better than an "I feel lucky" Google attempt. With ASP.Net 3.5  I was worried (like a lot of people) that this 1626 page tomb would be just the docs... in printed form; however it is a good combination of reference material and author input. Head First Design Patterns is really a fun read. I've opened other design patterns books, including the famous GoF Design Patterns and various C# flavors - but the format of the Head First series is just fantastic - humorous and educational.

The rest are a mixture of things I'm interested in, things I need to read to try and stay ahead of the avalanche, and things I'll need to read for my course. Security Engineering (now in second edition) is a classic for anyone interested in computer security and should really be read in combination with Secrets and Lies from the very famous Bruce Schneier.  

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Yet another tool I've been late coming to - JetBrains ReSharper.

While working though Link in Action I was experimenting with ReSharper 4.0. So cool and extremely helpful when looking at delegates and lambdas.

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13
Jul
2008

Command Line Magic

Well - I admit it - apart from some installation batch files I wrote when I was a junior helpdesk guy a long time ago - I'm a bit of a late bloomer to the command line.

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