archive: 2013

The myth of "Best Practices"

TL;DR – When you see a “Best Practices” article or conference session, read or attend with caution. Its likely not to help you with your current problems. Today I read a very informative blog post abo

The *Specified anti-pattern

I’ve spent far too much energy on this already. But it needs to be said to a broader audience. When your svc code creates *Specified properties for struct properties you’re doing more harm than good.

PrairieDevCon DDD Primer

This was the first time that I gave this talk and I was very happy with the way it went. I’m going to keep it in my current rotation for a while I think. Here are the slides: http://www.slidesha


Recently I was trying to find a good DataAnnotation extension that would provide validation for phone numbers. I stumbled on this blog post from AppHarbor and decided that I should take that idea and

PrairieDevCon Hacking Hardware

The Hacking Hardware talk at PrairieDevCon went well yesterday. The slides are available on Slideshare here: If you’re interested in Project Coppe

Support lessons learned

It’s been quiet around here for the last while. I’ve been spending my time and energy on some side projects that don’t really pertain directly to the art of programming. They do, how