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Dec
23
comment How can I transition to a job using the Microsoft stack?
+1, fresh out of college I got a job at a Microsoft shop with no prior knowledge of the MS stack. As long as you can demonstrate you are competent and willing to learn you will be fine.
Dec
23
comment What does your Technical Documentation look like?
From my experience it is more about using standard templates, document structure, etc than about data formats or software.
Dec
23
comment Under what circumstances should error messages be presented to the user?
Good point, that was a poor example. But you get the idea; if the application will not start up you have to say something.
Dec
23
comment Under what circumstances should error messages be presented to the user?
Yes, that is probably a better way to put it. Thanks for your feedback.
Dec
23
comment How to keep a team well-trained?
Fair enough, although if you are going to bring everyone together you might want to make the group more involved. For example, bring your own ideas to the first couple of sessions but then have a different person bring the exercise each of the following weeks. Also, consider doing other things as well such as reviewing a weekly code snippet, having people present tasks they have worked on (or technical areas they are learning about such as WPF, TCP, etc), and so on...
Dec
23
comment Under what circumstances should error messages be presented to the user?
If a network failure occurs the user does not need to know if the system can work around the failure or recover from it. For example, a message delivery error occurs - there is no need to alert the user because we can retry the message. But if 10 failures occur then we give up, so we need to notify the user somehow. Of course they may not be able to do anything about it either, so we may just change an icon's status to red instead of throwing up a dialog to tell them about it.
Dec
23
comment What does your Technical Documentation look like?
I use Word to write the documents, and Visio to prepare any diagrams for them. You could use other software if you want, these tools just happen to work the best for me, and are (mostly) accepted by the team.
Dec
20
comment How do you unit test Application and UI code?
@amir - Do you have any references or additional information?
Dec
17
comment What features would you like to have in PHP?
You could always just call them login_get and login_post. A framework can then key off of those names instead of the proposed attribute.
Dec
17
comment How do you unit test Application and UI code?
I am talking about any kind of graphical interface - JavaScript/HTML, C++ with MFC, WinForms, WPF, etc...
Dec
17
comment How to approach refactoring an existing web application?
How would you recommend testing the "view" portion of a legacy application - IE, the HTML/JavaScript/CSS/etc portion? I agree unit testing is the way to go, but the testing of application code seems difficult to automate.
Dec
17
comment Is there a canonical book on Ruby on Rails?
+1, agile web development is the book to read on this topic, since it is co-authored by DHH (who wrote Rails). Start there to get a solid foundation.