Are you lazy? That may not be a bad thing

I’m sure you have heard it before. “A good programmer is lazy.” I often hear it when discussing DRY, taking it to mean that you should not repeat code. The train of thought is: if you are lazy, you don’t like doing things twice, so a lazy programmer will naturally tend to write DRY code.

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Trello power-ups just got better and … more limited

Do you use Trello? 1

I do. Extensively. Trello’s kanban boards are quick and easy, don’t force you into anything and have many useful features. And… they are free. Unless you want a lot of bling, larger uploads or integrations. For me those were just not worth the upgrade to a gold or business plan.

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ASP.NET on Linux – Give it another chance

Last year I started a quest to use a “Windows” language to build a “hello world” website running on a Linux machine. After overcoming several hurdles and the quest turning into shaving a whole herd of yaks, I threw the towel into the ring.

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New career

After 30+ years in software development, I have finally worked out what I want to be when I grow up. Putting me at the dawn of a new career. As an Agile Coach.

I belief that Agile is much more than following a framework. And I belief that a lot of creativity and innovation power is wasted.

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What Taiko drumming taught me about coaching

When I found Taiko drumming, I was well and truly hooked. Completely. Utterly. Immediately. No question about it. Loved it to bits. Wanted to do nothing but Taiko drumming any more.

When I started, the Yamato Taiko School had only been open in the Netherlands for about 8 months and classes were still limited in number.

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Learning new tech

Over the last few years, I have been mainly involved with back end work. And I liked it.

I love designing user interfaces and experiences, but always felt implementing them a chore. Absolute placement sucks. It requires you to spend inordinate amounts of time on getting everything pixel perfect.

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Storytelling can make you more effective

A couple of years ago I was trying to get my co-workers to adopt something new. I had done my research, read the experience well known people in the industry had had with it, had the facts. I was sure I could convince them. Nothing was farther from the truth.

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June 14th gave me something I thought I’d never have

Every “how to succeed in business” manual out there tells you to find your passion and pursue it with unrelenting focus. That advice goes against every fiber of my being. I am what Barbara Sher calls a scanner. And, unless you are a scanner, you probably can’t even begin to imagine what it is like to be given that advice.

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C# string surprise

My jaw still aches remembering the pain of dropping to the floor when Visual Studio refused to compile

It complains in no uncertain terms. In fact, it drives the message home by repeating the message, albeit with a different word order.

Operator ‘=’ cannot be applied to operands of type ‘string’

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Hackpad’s reassurance for habitual Ctrl-S pressers

Three decades in software development has given me ample experience with those horrifying moments where the gut-wrenching realization dawns on you that x number of hours of work just scooted at lightening speed into the black hole of an application (or machine) crash.

It’s a horrible feeling.

You know you have no way to recover that work.

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