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Link Round-Up for 10/10/07

October 10th, 2007

Visit, my other blogI found so many good links this week that my “link bucket” is overloaded so I’m going to publish this week’s Link Round-Up a day earlier than usual.

Web and .NET Development

I don’t talk about web development too often but here are some good articles I found recently that I found helpful.

If you need some ideas on the best ASP.NET practices to follow, Ode To Code has compiled this list of reference sites: Best Practice Resources For ASP.NET.

Unless you’ve been programming under a rock you know that AJAX enabling your Web 2.0 apps is that latest thing. Over at Design Vitality they’ve compiled a list of 43 Exceptionally Useful AJAX Applications.

CSS is almost a black art given the intracities of different browsers and the esoteric methods required sometimes to avoid dull old HTML tables. Design Vitality also has this helpful compilation article on how to Lose the Images: How to Get Rounded Corners, Gradients, Drop Shadows and More Using CSS.

Security is always a worry on the Internet. Sanjeev published this handy article on the Top 5 Application Security Vulnerabilities in Web.config Files. It’s packed with several good tips. Sanjeev should publish more often. He’s got some good stuff.

Mashable is offering a list of good .NET resource sites in this article: .NET TOOLBOX: 25+ Tools and Tips For Working With .NET.

Last up in this category is Joseph Guadagno. He provides us with a list of Database Drivers not provided by Microsoft.


On the career front, Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror tells the tale of writing a programming book in this article, Do Not Buy This Book. In it he describes why he prefers blogging to book writing.

In short, do not write a book. You’ll put in mountains of effort for precious little reward, tangible or intangible. In the end, all you will have to show for it is an out-of-print dead tree tombstone. The only people who will be impressed by that are the clueless and the irrelevant.

Charles Petzold responded to him in a post of his own, Hard Work, No Pay: What’s the Point?, which is also quite good, particularly considering his long career in authoring programming books.

Basically, the point is that if you want to write a book and make money, write the next Harry Potter. If you want to write a programming book, write a blog instead.

On the lighter side, over at Software Creation Mystery there is this post: Guide to Job Security for Software Developers: 15 Sure-Fire Methods. It gave me a laugh because I’ve worked with a few characters who used these job security methods.

Processes and Methods

James Golick talks about making the case for testing in this article: We don’t write tests. There just isn’t time for luxuries. If you need some good nuts-and-bolts figures to show a boss or project sponsor why testing is important, James has them for you.

Over at Robert Bogue has this article on code reviews, Effective Code Reviews Without the Pain. Excellent work.

If you have “magic bullet” proponents in your organization, you’ll appreciate this article by Matt Stephens, Why UML won’t save your project

Pragmatic Jim had this interesting article on Agile Culture. It’s an interesting insight into this methodology.

Lastly, and also on Agile development, is the Q&A session with programming guru Steve McConnell: 5 Questions on Agile Development.

That’s all the links for this week. As always, let me know of any interesting .NET or general software development links by leaving me a comment or dropping me an email.

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  • 1. Aaronontheweb  |  October 10th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Mashable’s post had some glaring oversights (they didn’t mention DNK for instance) but it did have some good links. I like the article about security vulnerabilities in web.config!

  • 2. jfrankcarr  |  October 10th, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Aaron,

    I agree, they should have mentioned DNK.

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