Author Archives: Jason

VB.NET Logical Operators

Quick chart to clarify which VB.NET operators one should use always.* Never Use Instead, Always Use: IIf(x, y, z) If(x, y, z) And AndAlso Or OrElse   * Always means “pretty much always.” There may be some very rare, strange … Continue reading

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The Speed of Trust: Individual Credibility

The Speed of Trust appears from here to be broken down into Five Waves of trust; these waves move from the inner-most out. That is, it begins with changing yourself, then working out to the people you interact most often … Continue reading

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Why is Estimating so Hard?

Uncle Bob suggested a small software estimation exercise in a recent blog post, Why is Estimating So Hard? My best-case, nominal, and worst-case estimates were x, 2x, and 4x, respectively. My actual time spent was 3.4x, and while the final … Continue reading

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Book: Notes to a Software Team Leader

I heard about this new book, Notes to a Software Team Leader, on a podcast on my way to work this morning. Below is the “Manifesto” of the book; upon reading it I feel the book has potential to have … Continue reading

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Giving Yourself a Job

In 1950 in New York, looking for a job consisted of catching a subway at 6:30 to pick up a copy of the New York Times, searching the classifieds, and then pursuing the most promising opportunities. After doing this for … Continue reading

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From .NET, Calling REST and getting "dynamic" results

It seems like every time I want to call a RESTful service from my .NET app I have to re-lookup the documentation for either Hammock or RestSharp. Mainly for my own future reference, here’s the code using Hammock to get … Continue reading

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Call a web service with PowerShell

I recently used a PowerShell script like the following to troubleshoot the details of a third-party web service our code was using. I thought the script was something worth noting here for future reference. $url = “https://path/to/Service.asmx” $parameters = ‘<?xml … Continue reading

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The Speed of Trust: Chapter 2

There were two points in the second chapter of The Speed of Trust that had an impact on me. Stewardship and Accountability I learned in this chapter that the Stephen Covey who wrote this book is the son of the … Continue reading

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"Please Prepay"

Yesterday’s post about The Speed of Trust hit me in a new way this morning when I was filling up with gas. The sign on the pump said, “Please Prepay.” Wow, does that slow things down, doesn’t it? Instead of … Continue reading

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The Speed of Trust: Chapter 1

I’m slowly picking my way through Stephen Covey’s book, The Speed of Trust. In chapter one Stephen makes a compelling argument that trust makes a very real difference in the amount of time and money required to get work done. … Continue reading

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