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The Daily Six Pack: November 15, 2013

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The Daily Six Pack: October 31, 2013

On 31 October, 2013 06:00:33, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss
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Ten Minutes With… Sean Sexton

On 6 September, 2013 07:00:41, in Interviews, by Dirk Strauss

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I had the pleasure of chatting to Sean Sexton about all things code, life and a little in between. Sean maintains an excellent blog that is well worth visiting if you are into C# or WPF.

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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

Blog: 2,000 Things You Should Know About C# and 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF

Twitter: @spsexton

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The Daily Six Pack: August 30, 2013

On 30 August, 2013 06:00:17, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss
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Getting To Grips With StyleCop

On 29 July, 2013 10:19:07, in Reviewed, by Dirk Strauss

stylecop code analysis how toStyleCop Code Analysis How-To is a nice read. At only 57 pages long, you can expect to work through the book in no time. I had the chance to check it out and I really enjoyed the read, not to mention learning a few things I didn’t know.

The book is aimed at .NET Developers that want to discover what StyleCop can do for them. Therefore it is written with .NET developers in mind.

The book is published by Packt which is also a bonus for me, because I really enjoy their style of formatting books they publish. As you can imagine, being only 57 pages in length, the price is also less than other titles in the Packt stable.

You can download sample chapters from the site and read reviews. For those that don’t know what StyleCop does, here is a quote from their CodePlex page.

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The Daily Six Pack: July 24, 2013

On 24 July, 2013 06:00:08, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss

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Prosecuting Edward Snowden – The story of intrigue and spy vs spy. There is a lot to say about the subject, and no matter what your personal point of view is on the matter, he will probably be caught. Bruce Schneider writes a great article on Prosecuting Snowden. If you don’t read it at the Featured Link below, here is an excerpt:

“…many people who have been involved in such matters believe Snowden will be caught. Because no matter how much he may love sticking it to the U.S. government and waving the banner of truth, justice, and freedom of speech, that mission will prove largely unsustainable without serious fundraisers, organizers and dedicated allies working on his behalf for a long time.

They’ll have to make Edward Snowden their living, because those who are chasing him already have. Government agents will be paid every minute of every day for as long as it takes. Seasons may change and years may pass, but the odds say that one morning, he’ll look out of a window, go for a walk or stop for a cup of coffee, and the trap will spring shut. It will be almost like a movie.”

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The Daily Six Pack: July 10, 2013

On 10 July, 2013 06:00:45, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss

Visual Studio 2013 Features

Visual Studio 2013 Features have certainly been in the spotlight in the past few weeks. Since the Preview has been released there have been a flurry of blog posts on some of the new shiny things that go bling in the Visual Studio 2013 features universe. Ed Blankenship brings us a great post on some of these new features. Go check them out.

Zain Naboulsi then has a look at CodeLens (also known as Code Information Indicators) in Visual Studio 2013. I have also heard this called the HUD, which is rather exciting for me as a developer. I think that this will be an invaluable feature to Visual Studio.

Then, Taylor Brows talks about a new white paper regarding best practices for virtualizing and managing SQL Server 2012. This should make for some really interesting reading indeed. Lastly, Pinal Dave shares a free cheat sheet for MongoDB, NuoDBand MySQL. Along with the white paper, this is a document I feel every developer needs in their technical library. So download now (hey, it’s free) and add to your Dropbox, SkyDrive or GoogleDrive library.

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The Daily Six Pack: July 2, 2013

On 2 July, 2013 06:00:52, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss

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SkyDrive Pro for iOS, Windows 8 / RT was released by Microsoft on Friday. It looks the same as the standard mobile app, but provides a handy way to access your SkyDrive Pro-based files in Office 365, SharePoint Online, or SharePoint 2013. Speaking of Office 365, have you taken a look at the offering? Office 365 and SkyDrive Pro work very well together.

Then, the .NET Team maintain a set of pages to make it easier for you to find all the .NET Framework versions, SDKs etc to use in your .NET apps. Bookmark this one!

Josh Benson also shares the blueprint for composing the most effective tweet possible. For all you Twitter addicts, check out Josh’s post below. He really shares excellent tips.

Man, can you believe that it is July already? I really don’t like the first 6 months of any year, so I’m glad that is over. Now on to the latter half of 2013. But first, let’s get Tuesday rocking and rolling. Have a great day! Here is The Daily Six Pack!

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The Daily Six Pack: June 21, 2013

On 21 June, 2013 06:00:54, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss

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Xbox One, need I say more. The ridiculous restrictions imposed on it by Microsoft have finally been resolved. I wonder who even figured that imposing restrictions such as that would hold ANY water. In fact, the gamer community is stronger than any corporation. But well done to Microsoft for listening. And Thank you.

Menny Rachmanny has a nice article on the C# Language Specification and Eric Vogel discusses the Facade Pattern in .NET. Microsoft has also announced a bounty program for reporting vulnerabilities. Some devs are going to coin it I’m sure.

Lastly, one thing that I have a pet peeve with is the forced restart after installing Windows Updates. Well Steve Sinchak gives us an excellent tip on how to disable that ‘feature’ of Windows if you should want to. You know, I WILL restart my PC, but just not right now, or in 4 hours either. Anyway, head on over and take a look at that post.

Friday is finally here. Enjoy the day and have a fantastic weekend! Here is The Daily Six Pack!

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Today’s Comic

Today’s xkcd comic makes me long for the highways of Johannesburg…. which are almost like these below:

Highway Engineer Pranks

Highway Engineer Pranks

The Daily Six Pack: June 4, 2013

On 4 June, 2013 06:00:13, in The Daily Six Pack, by Dirk Strauss

Programming Skills Featured

Programming Skills are essential to every programmer out there. But there is something that no school or institution can teach you. To become better at what you do with regards to programming, you first need to learn how to become a better person. The reason for this is that you need to interact with people first and foremost before you write a single line of code. If you suck at interacting with people, how can you do something as simple as gathering requirements for a system you are about to develop?

Fran Hoey touches on some non-coding skills that will surely make you a better programmer. Then you can also have a look at my previous blog post: IT Professionals, An Evolutionary Tale. Check it out for a cool infographic on the evolution of the IT Pro.

You can also have a look at the post by Arron on the web on becoming an Elite Developer. Lots of these posts are intertwined and we as professionals should take note of them. Then, we have a sneak peek at Internet Explorer 11 being released with Windows 8.1 (hands up all who are giddy with excitement over that one) and lastly Jeff Blankenburg shares an awesome post on what is on his desk. It says a lot about a person and seeing what other developers have going on in their work space is another opportunity for the rest of us to learn.

Well that is all that I have for today, I hope that you all have a fantastic Tuesday! Here is The Daily Six Pack!

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Today’s xkcd comic is a classic. I hate standing in queues, so I usually immerse myself with tech (i.e. surf the web, StumbleUpon, Tweet etc) But this guy takes a different approach!

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Post Office Showdown