Khalid Abuhakmeh

Feast or Famine

Life of a consultant

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If there is one thing I've learned as a consulting software developer, is that I rarely get work evenly spaced out across my work year. I either have nothing to do, or I have 20+ companies aggressively knocking down my door.

Additionally, offers and opportunities disappear as fast as they materialize. The etherealness . . .

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October 07, 2013

Microsoft .NET Workshops

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Q&A in the PA

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I have been a Microsoft .NET developer now for close to 10 years, and wow does time fly. In that time I've worked for big and small companies, and additionally worked as a consultant on the side. I sometimes take my skills for granted, but I realize it takes time and hard work to get good at a profession / craft.

So . . .

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October 05, 2013

Note To Self: Oculus Rift

Buy an Oculus Rift

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This ladies euphoric smile expresses how I feel about the Oculus Rift. Yes, I hope it is going to be awesome, and that this is one of those products that beats any and all expectations. No pressure Oculus Rift, no pressure.

Shut up and take my money!

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October 04, 2013

Pay For Support, Not Ownership

The mindset shift that has me paying for more things

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When I first got on the Internet on the mid 90's, I was exposed to a world where everything was free. It was a kid's dream to have access to videos, music, games, and anything else I could imagine. I can safely say I felt entitled to all of it. The world owed me this, and that this is the way of the future. Everything I want at no . . .

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October 03, 2013

Me, Myself, and I

Using "I" instead of "You"

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Enter the Dragon

To whom it may concern:

I've recently started going back and re-reading my blog posts, and I am finding that some of my better posts are written in the first person, rather than using the second person. Here is a great article describing what those mean from Grammar Girl. Well, being my biggest critic, I have decided to . . .

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October 02, 2013

RavenDB : ACID can burn you

An informed RavenDB user, is a safe RavenDB user

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As a long time user of RavenDB, I've learned the nuances of the NoSQL database, but new users often approach it with a SQL / relational bias that often leaves them with a sour taste in their mouth. Also, they assume that RavenDB's ACIDity permeates everywhere in the product, which it doesn't. Let's start . . .

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October 02, 2013

KnockoutJs Mapping Plugin

Ease the transition from server to client

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image from Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL

The Expedition

I am really starting to get into KnockoutJs, I find it to be one of the better frameworks for client side development. It is clean and easy to understand. Also I am still not ready to jump all into single page application (SPA) development. There is still a lot that the . . .

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October 02, 2013


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