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The Healthy Programmer – Book Review

The Healthy Programmer, by Joel Kutner, is an interesting book that covers health issues as they relate to programmers. It covers topics such as diet, exercising, preventing back pain, eye strain and more. I didn’t get a chance to apply much of the book, but it seems sound and aligns from what I’ve learned from […]

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TPL Async – Course Review

I just finished the TPL Async¬†course on Pluralsight. It covers some ways on using the Task Parallel Library on .Net 4.5 to get responsive software. Overall, pretty interesting. I had learned some of it on books such as Essential C# 6.0, but unfortunately I never got around to using it so had forgotten much of […]

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DevExpress MVVM WPF Framework

I have recently started using DevExpress’ MVVM WPF Framework. I really like it. The amount of code you get to skip vs regular MVVM is huge. For example (I use the POCO ViewModel based system), to add a command just add a public method. Need it be on/off based on some conditions? Just add a […]

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Effective C# – Third Edition – Book Review

I’ve just finished Effective C#, by Bill Wagner. There is an interesting mix of tips. Some you should already know if you learned C# from a good book, others are more obscure and very interesting. Either way, well worth reading. My version was from Safari, as usual.

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Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) – Book Review

I have been using Photoshop on and off for many years, but I wouldn’t in any way say that I was proficient on it. So since this course/book is included on Safari, I thought I’d try it out. It was pretty interesting. It is based on many exercises, where you start with a base file […]

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The freedom to configure is the freedom to make a better world

This talk by Cory Doctorow was pretty great (unfortunately, this is the short version, the long version actually covers the important stuff). It covers the many problems we are going into because of DRM and close restrictive devices. I don’t really see things getting better any time soon, though – most people just don’t care, […]

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Safari Learning Paths New Interface

I really like the new Safari Learning Path interface. It is a bunch of small things – specially the time marker on the top and the section time on the right. The clean design is nice too, and the video player works well. One thing that still didn’t change is that a whole lot of […]

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Learning Path: Java Professional Developer – Course Review

Learning Path: Java Professional Developer is a Learning Path in Safari. These usually have sets of book chapters or videos from different sources. This one is from Paul J. Deitel Java video courses, alone. It covers a lot of Java, from the basics to Swing, some JDBC and the start of Java FX. I felt […]

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The Single Founder Handbook – Book Review

The Single Founder Handbook, by Mike Taber,¬† is an interesting book focused on simple startups, not the kind where you try to get funding. It is also mostly about software developers. I’ve been selling software online for 20 years (see my site for most of my software), and this was still full of interesting ideas. […]

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WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us – Book Review

WTF? What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, by Tim O’Reilly, is a book about how things are today, and how they can be, in several important areas. It also has a lot of memories of the author in major events in technology, which I felt were quite interesting to read about (not […]