Category Archive: Recommended Practices

It’s Better to be Clear Than Clever

In my years of coding I have had the opportunity to work with, or after, a wide range of types of programmers. Both self taught and professionally trained, and in small and fast paced companies there wasn’t always a set of coding standards in place leaving developers to do what was best in their opinion. …

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Give it Five Minutes

This is a great post by Jason Fried @ 37Signals on conducting yourself and your state of mind. Its so important to have an open mind in business. Please do have a read. After my talk Richard came up to introduce himself and compliment my talk. That was very generous of him. He certainly didn’t …

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When to Use TRY / CATCH

UPDATE: Due to some confusion and helpful feedback, this article may be more appropriately titled “When NOT to use Try Catch”. Its a sink hole that I’ve seen far too often working with a wide range of talent levels in the fields between consultant workers and past generations reintroduced to the codebase. Being fault tolerant …

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Testing for HTML 5 Support

HTML5 and CSS3 are the shiny new web development things which we all want to learn and use but the truth is today most internet users do not have browsers which support them or support them all the way. Even as newer browsers come out it’ll take a couple years to be able to depend …

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Migrating from Collosal Exe to Components and Avoiding DDL Hell

Should you find yourself in a massive legacy product or chuck of code which needs to rapidly become future friendly(probably not yours because you would write better code right? right?!) to things such as a thin client, automated server processing, or anything generally breaking up the system, you most likely will end up with many …

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