How Not to Get Things Done

Feb 13, 2017   posted in Productivity   Comments

Last month I started an advanced business training program through my employer. It’s a 13 week program that includes several modules on various topics. One of the topics we covered is on Attention Management. This was a really interesting topic and required reading a couple of articles on the subject and David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD).

Why I got a MBA

Sep 26, 2016   posted in Miscellaneous MBA   Comments

The last year and a half I’ve been working on completing an MBA. And, as of May 2016, I am the proud recipient of a MBA from Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business!

SignalR Fundamentals Talk

Jun 12, 2015   posted in Speaking SignalR   Comments

I had the pleasure of a giving a talk to the Houston Dot Net User Group yesterday evening about fundamental concepts related to SignalR. I had a really good time, thanks to all in attendance!

EF Table Per Hierarchy (TPH) IsNull = False Error

Mar 25, 2015   posted in Entity Framework EF   Comments

Today I had to refactor some domain models to a generalized hierarchy with EF. I used the TPH pattern defined by the EF team to split a JournalEntryHeader into a BillingRecordJournalEntryHeader and an InvoiceJournalEntryHeader in order to secure the domain models using the projects data entitlements paradigm.

Coercion of types (soft casting)

Mar 18, 2015   posted in C#   Comments

Today a colleague of mine used the word “coercion” when referring to a soft cast in code. Some thoughts I captured about this.

Demon hunter level 12

Mar 18, 2015   posted in Clean Code   Comments

Warnings in code. Use warnings in code when a challenging section of code has been implemented. Should be in a comment banner and say something like…”If you are not do not have these skills (Demon hunter level 12) then you should probably not be modifying this code!”

Improving setup of ASP.NET MVC application with RequireJS and KnockoutJS

Dec 9, 2014   posted in MVC RequireJS KnockoutJS   Comments

In this post I want to improve upon the setup I covered in the previous post Setting up an ASP.NET MVC application with RequireJS and KnockoutJS

Setting up an ASP.NET MVC application with RequireJS and KnockoutJS

Sep 16, 2014   posted in MVC RequireJS KnockoutJS   Comments

I’m currently working on an ASP.NET MVC project that uses RequireJS and KnockoutJS. If you don’t know, RequireJS is an open source javascript library for loading javascript files and modules. RequireJS allows us to encapsulate code into a useful units (modules) and manage the dependencies to other units of javascript code. KnockoutJS is an open source javascript library for creating dynamic UIs. KnockoutJS uses the Model-View-View Model (MVVM) pattern to provide binding and dependency tracking between client side data models and the UI.

Houston TechFest Talk

Sep 13, 2014   posted in MVC Speaking   Comments

Today I gave my first talk at Houston TechFest. The talk was an introduction to building web applications using ASP.NET MVC. I used a military boot camp as a metephor for developing an MVC app. It was a lot of fun!

How an HTTP Request Becomes an MVC View

Aug 26, 2014   posted in ASP.NET MVC   Comments

How does a request for a URL become HTML in an ASP.NET MVC application? This information can be easily found by doing a basic search for the ASP.NET http request cycle. This process is pretty well documented, on both MSDN and the ASP.NET website, so I recommend you go there for a more detailed explanation of the process. So the purpose of this post is for me to articulate how an HTTP Request becomes an MVC View while highlighting the interesting parts.

Recommended Readings on Software Development

Jul 21, 2014   posted in Books   Comments

Below is my list of recommended readings on software development. These books have provided the basis of my knowledge on software design and software development practices in general. I highly recommend these books for junior developers interested in growing or possibly transitioning to software delivery.

TDD and Unit Testing Without Mocks

Jul 9, 2014   posted in TDD Unit Testing   Comments

About a month or so ago, on a trip to a conference, during dinner, my colleagues and I had a conversation around the use of mocks in unit testing. Not surprisingly it was a passionate conversation on the premise that mocks are bad and should be avoided because it can lead to poor testing form and ultimately sub-optimal design. The conversation was not only entertaining but very interesting, so I took some time to look into it further and form my own opinions.

An approach to TDD

Jun 16, 2014   posted in TDD   Comments

Over the past few months I’ve had to coach some junior developers on how to TDD. Although most of the devs I’ve been working with are knowledgeable about TDD, putting it to practice seems to be a challenge. Most of them know how to write unit tests, but are not actually practicing TDD where the development of tests drives the development of the code. Instead, they are writing the code first and then bolting tests on afterward. Although this approach works, it is not TDD; it’s unit testing. And unfortunately, misses the main benefit of TDD which is to write testable code that adheres to SOLID design principles; in particular Interface Segregation and Dependency Injection.

Late night hacking

May 20, 2014   posted in Miscellaneous   Comments

My first post using jekyll static website template and GitHub Pages!