Who's on first?
Development teams are not unlike a professional sports team: everyone on the team needs to play their position, and play that position to the best of their ability. In a development environment, positions are designated by title. Titles are not meant to limit an individual, but are meant to set a baseline expectation for performance.
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Lambdas, Actions, Funcs, and Predicates
Lambdas were a great addition to the .NET Framework in 2008, but can still be confusing
for many modern .NET developers. MSDN defines lambdas as the following:
A lambda expression is an anonymous function that you can use to create delegates or expression tree types. By using lambda expressions, you can write local functions that can be passed . . .
Optimizing your validation execution
FluentValidation is easily the best validation framework in the .NET space. I've been using it for several years now, but only realized recently that I could tweak how my validation rules are executed. By utilizing the cascade mode setting I can choose when validation ends.
There are two cascade modes:
Continue(the default) - always . . .
Developing with ASP.NET WebAPI is pretty straight forward, but there are crucial parts of the framework you need to work around to get valuable unit tests. One of the most important part of any web framework is routing, and in WebAPI, routes are resolved using the UrlHelper class. In this post, I'll show you the code necessary to create a . . .
My Interview with Blizzard...during a blizzard
Five years ago, I worked at a credit union CUSO. It is safe to say it was one of the worst places I've worked. During this time, I applied for many positions at other organizations, one of those being Blizzard. It was a long shot, and a novelty submission. I could tell my friends I applied to Blizzard, and if they didn't call me back . . .
Being cool isn't the point
When I started my career as a software developer, I was enthralled with the hollywood notion of a programmer. A shadowy figure in a dark room, only made visible by the light irradiated from their monitor. The barrage of clicks piercing the silence as they typed feverishly to finish their masterpiece; project Thor's Hammer, Hydra, . . .
Working around the file system
Integration tests are a touchy subject with many developers. Some will argue against them to the death, while other developers depend on them entirely too much. I feel a good test suite has a balance of both unit and integration tests. Integration tests depend on an external resource, in my case, it is normally a file on disk.
I run NCrunch . . .