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Link Round-Up for 10/05/07

October 4th, 2007

I can still hear you saying You would never break the chain.I found several great links this week. Here they are:

.NET Stuff

Jonathan Aneja, a member of the VB Team at Microsoft, posted this article, Option Strict [On|Off|SortOf], that talks about how to bypass Option Strict under certain conditions, such as when doing late binding. Like Jonathan, I don’t recommend it but he shows how you can implement Option Strict ‘SortOf’.

Here’s a nice write-up on the ASP.NET page lifecycle over at the Code Project by ‘UsualDosage’. In it he coins the acronym “SILVER” to define the process.

At Chindo there is a follow-up on a previous article on StringBuilder performance called StringBuilder is not always faster - Part 2 that has some interesting benchmarks followed by some good performance tips.

Regular Expressions

I found two good articles on the basics of using Regular Expressions, Basic Regular Expressions by Adam Wolkov and Developer’s Notebook: Mastering (your fear of) regular expressions by Brian Dillard. The first is a good, basic, tutorial on how to use expressions while the second is a good directory to several RegEx online resources. (Oh, and Adam, if you read this, consider opening up your blog to comments. Use a captcha or other method to block comment spam.)

Project Management

This US Navy article, The Monkey Experiment, (or) “Why Do We Do That?” has been making the rounds. Have you ever been beaten up by your fellow code monkeys on a project for no good reason?

Peter Van Ooijen wrote this opinion piece, An architect should code. Period, over at Code Better. I’m not sure if I agree with him 100% but he does raise a good point. My main concern over his article is that this bias could easily morph into ageism which is already widespread in the IT industry.


Speaking of ageism and sexism in the IT workplace, here’s a good InfoWorld article that takes this on: U.S. faces competitive disadvantage from lack of women in IT.

Over at Raganwald, there’s this good article on interviews: Take control of your interview. I liked his comment about politicians “staying on message.” It reminded me of an SNL skit that involved the term “Lockbox”.

That’s it for this week. As always, if you see a good .NET or general software development article I should read let me know by leaving me a comment or using the contact me button.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. UsualDosage  |  October 5th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Hope you like SILVER. It’s my gift to people with as bad of memories as my own. Cheers!

  • 2. The Usual Dosage » &hellip  |  October 5th, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    [...] Link Round-Up for 10/05/07 [...]

  • 3. jfrankcarr  |  October 5th, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks UsualDosage

    I’m looking forward to seeing more good articles from you.

  • 4. UsualDosage  |  October 5th, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Plan on it! Check my blog for my latest upcoming article. If you’ve ever wanted all the functionality of Windows Media Player without all the bloat, you’ll like the next article. Should be out next week sometime, provided I can get the verbiage right. :)

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