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I’m a lost helicopter pilot

I’ve been having a joy developing in .NET 6. I’m only half joking. Some of the capabilities in the ecosystem are simply wonderful… once you figure them out. In the process, most of the reference documentation is absolutely useless.

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A Word Cookies Worksheet App

My girlfriend and I like to play a word-search game called Word Cookies!®, by BitMango. The game presents a collection of letters and an empty list of words of various lengths. It’s your job to assemble the available letters into … Continue reading

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Musings about Version Control (and other development tools)

Today, I had a conversation with a small company that doesn’t use version control. It’s hard to remember what it was like before version control. I know I did get started in a world without it. When I started in … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art Computer Folklore (part 5)

This is part 5 in my series of how the Mac reminded me why I fell in love with software development, and why it still matters. While reading Andy Hertzfeld’s anecdotes (and those of his colleagues) of designing the original … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art Computer Folklore (part 2)

This is part 2 in my series of how the Mac reminded me why I fell in love with software development, and why it still matters. While reading Andy Hertzfeld’s anecdotes (and those of his colleagues) of designing the original … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art Computer Folklore

A couple weeks ago, I was reading through Andy Hertzfeld’s anecdotes at FolkLore.org, about how he and his colleagues developed the original Macintosh. These stories brought me back, first to nostalgic times, then to a nostalgic purpose. I remembered all … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer: The Last Straw (Conclusion)

Another part of this series of posts, “Depression and the Software Developer.” This latest story I started on Monday, part 4 of “Depression and the Software Developer”. [Note: You can read the story from the beginning in order to catch … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer: The Last Straw

Here’s a story I’ve been keeping on the back burner for almost a year now. I haven’t published it until now, because it still hit too close to home. But this week, I’ve scheduled an interview with Sharon Cathcart, author … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer (part 3)

(This is a continuation from part 2 of “Depression and the Software Developer”.) [Note: This is a recounting of an experience from several years ago. Read the story from the beginning in order to catch up.] According to psychologist Joe … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer (part 2)

(This is a continuation from part 1 of “Depression and the Software Developer”.) If one of the most powerful weapons against depression is hope, one of its most powerful fuels is hopelessness. I attacked my next job with gusto and … Continue reading

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