Console Games: Why do we have to press start?

January 5, 2010 · 1 min read
Interesting question came up on Twitter the other day: “Press Start” screens? Why can’t I just go straight to the main menu? If you’re a gamer, especially on consoles, you’ve seen this screen more

Learn about Windows 7 Task Dialogs

December 1, 2009 · 1 min read
Please take a few minutes and travel over to DeveloperFusion where my latest article on Windows 7 Task Dialogs has been published.  If you’ve never used a task dialog before, I would definitely

Enhancing Your Applications For Windows 7

November 17, 2009 · 1 min read
I invite you to head over to Developer Fusion, and read my article on "Enhancing Your Applications For Windows 7”.  If you haven’t played with the Windows 7 API Code Pack yet, I definitely recommend

My Attempt at LINQ Pagination

October 16, 2009 · 1 min read
Today I’ve been diving into an easy way to paginate record sets in my applications.  Searching around the internet yielded several good walkthroughs on how to do this.  My favorite way came from my

What Makes A Good Bug Report?

September 23, 2009 · 4 min read
As developers, we understand one fundamental truth: our software is going to break.  It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.  Hopefully on your team, you have a dedicated testing staff. 

Wildcard search with LINQ

April 21, 2009 · 1 min read
I just a situation where I needed to perform a wildcard search on a table in my database.  When I used to do ADO.NET, I would simply write my SELECT statements with LIKE keywords to do wildcard

Definition of a Computer Scientist

March 4, 2009 · 3 min read
What is a computer scientist?  Google gives the definition: a scientist who specializes in the theory of computation and the design of computers.  In most of our minds, a computer scientist is a

A Diet Programmers Can Relate To

February 6, 2009 · 2 min read
Consider this: programmers are typically overweight.  It's our nature.  Ninety-five percent of our job is sitting behind a desk and hacking at a keyboard.  The most movement we get is walking to the
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