Programming

Visual Studio IntelliCode

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I have been writing C# code in Visual Studio since 2003. One of the big attractions of C# is the tooling. Visual Studio is awesome. Over the years I have worked in lots of IDEs and editors, but my go-to tools are Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. I don’t know who writes these tools, […]

Programming

Obey My Command (Prompt)

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I don’t know how this is possible, but you can be programming computers since all they were was a command prompt… and some young whipper-snapper can still surprise you with an awesome productivity trick. So here’s the story. I picked up a trick years ago whereby if you held the shift-key down and right-clicked inside […]

Process

The Mythical Man Month – Over-Watering

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Just 16 pages into Fred Brooks’ essential reading, The Mythical Man Month, Fred gets down to business to explain that: Cost does indeed vary as the product of the number of men and the number of months. Progress does not. The classical way of thinking is that you can exchange one for the other… if […]

Visual Studio

Visual Studio Selection Tricks

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I find myself in the midst of one of those rote programming jobs that feels very tedious. Despite this, I am harnessing the opportunity of busy hands, idle mind to find a few handy tricks to speed things up. CTRL + Click selects “whole words” in Visual Studio. You can drag with this short-cut to […]

Programming

The Facts About the 10x Programmer

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Disambiguation: I’m sticking closely to the term “10x programmer” here. Others have used titles such as “Rockstar Programmer“, but I think this muddies the water on the discussion as it is a poor metaphor. So what is a 10x programmer? Quite simply, this describes the result of a study of a study that showed that […]

Visual Studio

Visual Studio Short Cuts

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This week I was lucky enough to attend Guathon 2010 in Covent Garden, London and as I found out so much amazing information, I’m chopping it into small pieces and putting it up here for those who missed out. In this article I’m going to divulge a few of the awesome Visual Studio short-cuts that […]