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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.

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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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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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MineCraft Modding Resources

My 8 year old is an enthusiastic MineCraft player. It’s basically modern day Lego without the expense of buying thousands of dollars worth of plastic blocks. Over the last few months she has built up a fairly impressive town and is now approaching the point where she wants to do more. The various MineCraft video […]

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OmniGraffle: More than Meets the Eye

I first picked up OmniGraffle for the iPad last year, back when I had delusions about using my newly purchased iPad for work and before the device became a dedicated Dora the Explorer video player for my kids. The purchase price was pretty steep (~USD50, which was more like AUD70 at the time), but I […]

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Perth SharePoint Saturday 2011

So it’s getting near that time of year when SharePoint Saturday pays a trip to sleepy old Perth. Sezai Komur and Brian Farnhill are running the event this year, which will take place on the 9th of April. The first round of speakers has already been announced. If you peruse the list carefully enough you’ll […]

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Perth Alt.Net Talk: Does the world end if you stop using Visual Studio?

After hearing so many developers complain that they wouldn’t be able to code without Visual Studio/Resharper/CodeRush/Intellisense/Source Control IDE Integration/WYSIWYG editors/<Insert Random Tool Here /> , I thought it would be useful to find out how dependent I was on similar tooling. Do I honestly need all the features offered by a “modern” IDE? Are these […]

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