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ReSharper is Your Friend

So, there you are… coding away like you're Bill Gates… and ReSharper shows you some screwy underline on some of your code: What the heck? Ignore it, right? Read more →

what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - unless

So.. my family and I just came back from a trip to Vegas. Both a vacation and work (DevConnections/SQLConnections). It was great. I'm sure you've heard "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Read more →

Going For My Free Typemock Isolator LIcense :)

Programming Visual Basic applications? Typemock have released a new version of their unit testing tool, Typemock Isolator 5.2. This version includes a new friendly VB.NET API which makes Isolator the best Isolation tool for unit testing A Visual Basic (VB) . Read more →

Secure Dreaming

I suppose you're really a geek when this happens.. Anyway, I woke up during the night and glanced at the clock. It was 4:43am. Somehow I got confused and thought to myself: "Am I dreaming in SSL? Read more →

Code Cleanup at Philly Code Camp 2008.3

I'll be giving a talk tomorrow at the Code Camp! In this talk we will look at code that works but could be improved.  We will discuss why it needs improvement and work through several examples of doing exactly that using patterns, practices, and tools along the way. Read more →

New New Old Job Today!

Well that lasted a day and a half :) ScreenMatter is a great group of people with a future I believe in - it just won't include me :( The physical environment just wouldn't work for me. Read more →

New Job Today!

So, today I start a new job - at ScreenMatter. I'm here early of course, sitting downstairs at Milkboys. I'll probably spend all my money here :) It's an exciting new opportunity - and I don't have to care about Oracle anymore! Read more →

SRP / DI / IOC : Don't Leave Sub Main Without Them

I'll be giving a talk at the Philly.NET Code Camp on 5/17/2008.  The Single Responsibility Principle. Dependency Injection. Inversion of Control.  If you don't already know and apply these concepts in your day-to-day development this talk is for you. Read more →

I'm not a Jedi

In this post James Kovacs is talking about becoming a ReSharper Jedi. Recently I attended a training class given by JP Boodhoo who is probably Obi Wan to these guys, if not Yoda himself. Read more →

VSS Better Than Backups?

So, I've been dealing with an infrastructure team that didn't have backups of a web server recently… We were told "You don't need backups - that's what you have VSS for, right? Read more →

Parker Says YES!

So our wonderful two-year-old Parker (he's 3 now but I'm just slow posting these days) was having an argument with his mom.. Things were getting just a bit heated when Jessica yelled out the the standard line: Read more →

Philly.NET Code Camp 2008.1 - Looking for Speakers!

I'm looking for speakers in the Tools/Languages track for the Philly.NET Code Camp 2008.1. This will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at DeVry University in Fort Washington. Some topics not yet covered but I'd love to see presented are: Read more →


If you have not yet tried Clipmarks, you owe it to yourself to give it a look. The URL is: This is a twist on the "social bookmarking" theme, where you can do a bit more than bookmark and comment and tag. Read more →

Yahoo Mail doesn't like IE7

I'm torn as to whether I'm going to keep this thing installed or go back to an image :) IE7 brings us tabbed browsing - much better than the MSN toolbar did thank goodness. Read more →

Does Oracle Suck? Or just Oracle DBAs?

Since leaving the job I was at for 8 years, I've had three gigs since December. First I took a contracting gig to get me through the holidays, at Centocor. This was a great experience, and I'll have to post about that one day. Read more →

Butt Dust?

I found this in my travels today, and had to share it. Apparently it is a true story :) A visiting minister during the offertory prayer: "Dear Lord," he began with arms extended and a rapturous look on hisupturned face,"without you we are but dust. Read more →

Looking for work!

The time has finally come for me to move on, and I'm looking for a new start in 2005! I've been "Director of IT" for 8 years, "Database and Application Developer" for 12 years, and in some aspect ofIT Management for 15 years. Read more →