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Link Round-Up for 9/20/07

September 20th, 2007

Sometimes a link is just a linkHere are my favorite links of the week:

Aaron of AjaxNinja was kind enough to include this site in his link list this week so I’m returning the favor. I found his article, Designing a Great Data Layer in .NET, while browsing his site. If you’re designing your own data layer for a .NET project this article has a lot of good tips. His “New and Improved” data layer is very similar to one I wrote for VB.NET.

David Lowe wrote this piece, tactics, tactics, tactics, back in June. In it he compares the study of tactics in chess with the study of coding in programming. He’s got some good ideas. My only quibble would be that one does need to eventually take a more holistic approach.

Along the same lines, Alex Miller talks about Code Spelunking Techniques. While his language of choice is Java and his IDE is Eclipse, the techniques he describes will adapt well for analyzing VB.NET and C# code in Visual Studio. His methods would be quite useful for you if you needed to translate from VB to C# or vice versa.

James R. Stoup at Apple Matters has an interesting article entitled 10 Things Every Programmer Should Know For Their First Job. A lot of it is good advice for starting any new job and just not one’s first entry into the ‘real world’. I’ve used the “bowl of candy” trick a few times when I’ve come into a new job as a contractor in order to meet people.

In his article When Non-Programmers Write Software Steven Talcott Smith considers the subject of non-professional programmers writing code. He’s got some good points but I don’t idolize the amateur programmer quite as much as he does, probably because I’ve seen some real messes in classic VB and Access.

Andy Singleton has some interesting insights into off-shoring in this article: Are “offshore rates” good? What do developers get paid around the world?. Most interesting was this quote:

Even now, Indian labor is a lot cheaper if you are buying generic “resources”, which is what the Indian companies want to sell. However, the generic “resource” is not the same as a talented human. India has a high percentage of average programmers, because Indians often become programmers to get a good job, not because they are good at it. Many of those individuals would not make it in America. The percentage of truly talented programmers is about the same in any population, and it’s a small percentage.

Too bad not that many US companies have figured that one out.

That’s all for this week. Let me know if you have any .NET or general programming sites or articles I should check out by leaving me a comment or using the Contact Me button.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaronontheweb  |  September 20th, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks for the link to AjaxNinja; I appreciate it ;)

  • 2. jfrankcarr  |  September 20th, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    You’re welcome Aaron!

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