Software Development Is Like Archaeology

Software Development Is Like Archaeology
   For years I have thought that software development is very similar in feeling to archaeology.  As a software developer you get to work on that legacy project that is ancient. The ancient developers are gone and you are on your own...
Last edited by:   Stilgar
on   12:53 04.10.2010
Posted by:   Stilgar
18:03 23.09.2010

Happy Programmers' Day 2010

Happy Programmers' Day 2010
   It is the 256th day of the year again which means that everyone whose job is to create bytes that move other bytes around can celebrate.

   I remember several years ago the Wikipedia article for Programmers' Day was created and deleted and then created and deleted again. There was a heated discussion if the holiday really exists. Some people said that their companies observe it and have some related activities therefore the holiday is real. However others pointed out that someone can invent a holiday like this one and put it on Wikipedia to give it credibility so the article should not be allowed. Luckily the holiday was accepted as official professional holiday in Russia which gives it enough physical world credibility so the article is now up again.

   Let the celebrations begin!
Posted by:   Stilgar
13:29 13.09.2010

Java vs. C# - Part 3 - Exceptions

Java vs. C# - Part 3 - Exceptions
   Here is part 3 of the Java vs. C# series which should have been called "Why C# Is Better Than Java". I remind you to read part 0 in order to get familiar with the motivation behind the articles. Part 1 and part 2 are also recommended...
Posted by:   Stilgar
14:29 15.07.2010

Uses of Explicit Interface Implementation

   C# has a lot of features that are kind of obscure but are really cool when you need them. When I was young and reckless I once declared one particular C# feature stupid and useless. Less than a week later I had to use this feature to avoid writing some ugly code and realized how useful and deep the feature was. Since then I have learned not to question Anders's (Hallowed be His name!) wisdom even when I do not understand it. A few days ago I was astonished to find a new use for another feature that I thought I fully understood. According to the C# designers when they evaluate a feature they favor features that have multiple uses over features that solve only one problem. It seems like I underestimated the C# team once again and by now I should have known better. The feature in question is explicit interface implementation...
Posted by:   Stilgar
13:35 12.07.2010

ID vs. Id in .NET

    Lets end this once and for all! In .NET it is ID and not Id. I did not make this up. It is in the framework design guidelines despite the fact that the .NET Framework contains counterexamples. I have a proof:


I recommend seeing the full video if you are a .NET developer but the issue in question is described on the slide on 52:25.
Posted by:   Stilgar
14:39 07.07.2010
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