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How Interactive Fiction authors approach testing

This introductory video to Inform 7, an interactive fiction editor, is well worth watching for anyone who does automated software testing. The path labelling, automatic session recording and replay abilities are fantastic and something I wish I had in every development project. Tweet

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I accept the terms in the license agreement… I think

If you’ve signed up for a website or installed commercial software sometime in the last 10 years there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve been asked to read through a document that would give War and Peace a run for its money before then agreeing to its content. There’s also a pretty good chance that […]

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First impressions of the PS Vita

I’ve never owned a Sony console before, so I was quite surprised that I wanted to pick up the PS Vita. There was something about it that seemed to address a large number of my frustrations with the current state state of mobile gaming, so I picked one up on a whim (narrowly missing the […]

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Congratulations, you have a useful job!

Being IT tech support for your family and friends seems to be one of the most hated “perks” of being tech savvy. I’m forever hearing stories about distant relatives who only ring every 6 months when their printer goes on the blink, or that time you wasted 3 hours on the phone trying to set […]

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Issues With The Tool-First Approach to Technical Presentations

If you scan the events calendar of your local Microsoft-related user groups and conventions there’s a pretty good chance that a large proportion of the presentations involve one of the following scenarios: A rundown of all the cool features in a product or tool A demonstration of a subset of a product or tool’s features, […]

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Which Type of Architect Are You?

This article is part of a series of posts that originated in a talk I did at the 2011 Perth SharePoint Saturday event. Around 10 years ago, when the IT industry needed to pinch another fancy title for itself after engineers got sick of us using their professional title, the term “architect” started popping up […]

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The Many Faces of Workflow

As previously mentioned, I spoke at the Perth leg of this year’s SharePoint Saturday. The slides I used during the presentation are below: Perth SharePoint Saturday 2011: The Many Faces of Workflow from Garry Stewart I had originally intended to present a light overview of what Business Process Management is, list some of the tools […]

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Consulting Contracts and the Behaviours They Encourage

In a  recent post I spoke at a high level (and at length, it seems) about the things developers need to know about different consulting company contracts they might encounter in the workplace. After reading the article, fellow Perthie and all round awesome guy Mike Minutillo pointed out that there’s some good information in that there […]

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Syntax Highlighting on WordPress

I’ve always wanted a cool syntax highlighter for source code on my blog, so when performing the latest revamp of my blog I decided to go hunting for a solution that would fit my needs. Part of the ethos of my latest blog revamp is that I don’t want to be editing configuration files, modifying […]

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The Potential of LightSwitch

When Microsoft LightSwitch Beta 1 first came out there was a huge uproar from the development community. People were angry for various reasons; some thought that it would lead to non-developers “stealing our jobs”, while others were sure that it would lead to a flood of poorly architected applications whose very existence was bound to […]

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