Is It Time For Programmers to Get Their Own Agents?

Move over actors, step aside jocks, there is a new type of athlete coming through and if you wish to speak with them you need to contact their agent! I caught an article from Businessweek awhile ago that talked about how some Silicon Valley developers are starting to get their own agents to handle negotiating their rates and setup the classic "pay to play" scenario. Many people don't realize that ...

The Language All Polyglot Programmers Should Know: Business

You can leap buildings with a single C++ statement and you can move faster than a locomotive when it comes to Python, but when it comes to speaking the language of business with the executives, it becomes your kryptonite! We are all masters of the universe when it comes to our domain of software development but we just can't seem to get the hang of translating why something is cool ...

My 10 Favorite Sublime Text Tools and Shortcuts for Beginners

Back almost 16 years ago when I first got into developing text editors pretty much had Microsoft Works and Notepad. Then of course if I wasn't writing a paper for school or anything then Works was a bit of overkill... so notepad it was. I was a notepad user for many years and still use it from time to time for when I need to clean something up (remove formatting ...

Drawing Analog Style Clocks in VB.NET

A number of years ago I showed an example of creating a typical digital clock using picture numbers and a little bit of VB.NET code. Fast forward to today and I have decided to show you an example of creating an analog style clock in VB.NET 2012. These types of clocks you may know very well. They are the ones with the hands and the ones your watch is probably ...

Exciting and Frustrating Times Ahead for Web Developers

Any web developer that has been working in the field for awhile can tell you the frustrations of having to support multiple browsers and testing apps against them. Only until recently we had to just think about Webkit/Gecko browsers and then the rogue IE6/7. It seems like those might be the good old days given the recent news of more fragmentation in browser engines. Just as we think browser makers ...

Book Review: C# 5.0 In a Nutshell

Today's book review is on C# 5.0 in a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference by Joseph Albahari and Ben Albahari and published by O'Reilly. This book makes up like my 5th or so O'Reilly book and I find the book publisher really publishes smashing hits or hot messes. I never found ones that were in the middle. But not to worry, this book is one of the good guys! At roughly ...