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8 Things Every New Programmer Should Know

1. It doesn't get easier; you get smarter. Programming is not a simple endeavor. Requirements change in the middle of projects; technology advances quickly and ruthlessly; customers are quick to judge and slow to explain. Programming does not get easier. Rather, we programmers get smarter. The first time you encounter a particular bug, you're a failure until you stumble upon the solution, at which point you promptly become a god. The trick is this: the next time you find that... Read more >

How to Restore a Lost Source Control Binding with TFS and Visual Studio 2017

I recently had a problem in which I could not add a new project to an existing solution which was bound to TFS source control. The only option I would get when I right-clicked on the new project was Source Control -> Add Solution to Source Control, which looked something like this: I couldn't for the life of me figure out why it wouldn't let me check the project in, as it had before. Until I noticed something: Normally,... Read more >

Eight Tips For Your Programming Team's Standup Meetings

As my organization has gone further down the Agile project management path (from our original process of a lean waterfall), one of the things we've started doing is daily standup meetings. These are short (15 minutes or less) meetings in which each team member reports on what they have accomplished recently and what they are planning to do today. They've been a fantastic tool to keep our team on track and on time, and I'm rapidly becoming convinced that they're... Read more >

Decimal vs Double and Other Tips About Number Types in .NET

I've been coding with .NET for a long time. In all of that time, I haven't really had a need to figure out the nitty-gritty differences between float and double, or between decimal and pretty much any other type. I've just used them as I see fit, and hope that's how they were meant to be used. Until recently, anyway. Recently, as I was attending the AngleBrackets conference, and one of the coolest parts of attending that conference is getting... Read more >

Why Aren't You Blogging Yet? Tips for Getting Started

I've been writing this blog for about a year and a half now, and I firmly believe that every software professional should write a blog. It's an invaluable tool for connecting with other professionals, for getting your ideas out there, for making bad jokes making good jokes. I've told this to several other programmers, and I'm always met with the same responses. Wow, you're such a good writer! I can't possibly write as well as you do! Once I've told... Read more >

Getting All Valid Enum Values in ASP.NET Web API

One of the commenters on my blog posed an interesting question on my article about serializing enumerations in Web API: He wanted to know how someone who is querying a Web API might know what possible values a given enumeration has. I didn't answer that in the post he commented on, so I'll do that now. How do we tell consumers what possible values an enumeration in a Web API app has? Let's say we have the following enums: public... Read more >

Being a Better Lead Developer

I've mentioned before that I'm what my company calls a "lead" developer, which means I'm in charge of projects, not people. It is my responsibility to assign work, conduct code reviews, divvy up tasks, etc. It may sound like this position means doing a lot of paperwork (and, in fairness, sometimes it means exactly that) but for the most part I love my job. That said, leadership is not a quality you are born with, as I can... Read more >