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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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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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Lip Service

The internet is a fast paced world where the general consensus about what is “cool” can change in instant, and the online software development community is no exception. Recent years have seen movements relating to topics such as craftsmanship, quality, and design spread like wildfire through the tubes, eventually crossing over into the real world […]

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Consulting Contracts for Developers 101

If you’re a developer that works for a consulting firm, chances are you’ve never really thought about the contract that you’re working under. Managers can take care of all that stuff while you look after important things like shipping features to users, right? Well, not exactly. Before we get to that, let’s define exactly who […]

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