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Software Development Topics

Software Development Topics is a blog about software development topics, with a focus on C Sharp and the Microsoft .NET framework. DevTopics also discusses the creation and management of software companies, the software development process, and improving the compu
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Protect Your Software with Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
2008-06-06 17:47:00
You've spent thousands of hours developing a new software program. Now how do you ensure that your competitors don't copy your program and steal your market? The sad truth is you can't, as Apple discovered when Microsoft "borrowed" its graphical user interface to build Windows and corner the PC operating system market. ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Protect Your Software with Patents , Copyrights and Trademarks ", url: " ftware-with-patents-copyrights-and-tradem arks/" });
When Robot Programmers Get Bored
2008-06-03 15:29:00
You have to wonder if these robot programmers ran any unit tests on the robot software before strapping in. The rider's head appears to come close to smashing against the ground many times. o This is what happens when you don't adequately test robot software (warning: graphic violence): 0 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "When Robot Programmers Get Bored ", url: " rammers-get-bored/" });
Boo: Obscure Programming Language of the Month
2008-05-24 17:25:00
This is part 2 in a series of articles on obscure programming languages. Boo is an object-oriented, statically-typed programming language for .NET with a Python-inspired syntax and a focus on language and compiler extensibility.  Boo is an open-source language, licensed under an MIT/BSD-style license, meaning that you can view and modify the Boo source code ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Boo: Obscure Programming Language of the Month ", url: " gramming-language-of-the-month/" });
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Dirty Programming: How Your Computer Keyboard May Make You Sick
2008-05-22 18:51:00
Dirty programming may be hazardous to your health. No, I'm not talking about building an X-rated ASP.NET website. Rather, there is evidence that a computer keyboard can be more filthy than a toilet seat. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Dirty Programming : How Your Computer Keyboard May Make You Sick", url: " ng/" });
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Software Piracy Mixed Bag
2008-05-16 17:57:00
Although PC software piracy declined in many countries in 2007, piracy increased in fast-growing PC markets, resulting in an overall rise of piracy from 35% to 38%, and dollar losses that increased by $8 billion to nearly $48 billion.  The annual study was conducted by IDC and released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Software Piracy Mixed Bag", url: " -mixed-bag/" });
You Can't Say That!
2008-05-15 15:49:00
Today is May 15th, "Bloggers Unite For Human Rights" day.  Human rights represent one of the most agreed upon ideas?that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty and justice.  This year marks the 60th anniversary of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" adopted by the United Nations. After a ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "You Can't Say That!", url: " at/" });
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Programmer Productivity: The "Tenfinity Factor"
2008-05-07 17:35:00
It's widely accepted in the software industry that some programmers are much more productive than others. Many experts cite an order-of-magnitude productivity difference between the "best" and "average" programmers. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Programmer Productivity : The "Tenfinity Factor "", url: " uctivity-the-tenfinity-factor/" });
More About: People , Development
Best Programming Jokes
2008-05-06 19:43:00
How can you tell when a programmer has had sex?When he's washing the pepper spray out of his eyes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Two bytes meet.  The first byte asks, "Are you ill?"  The second byte replies, "No, just feeling a bit off." SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Best Programming Jokes ", url: " g-jokes/" });
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What I Would Love to See
2008-05-02 16:14:00
Life for .NET developers would be so much easier if the latest version of Microsoft .NET was automatically installed on every Windows PC as part of the normal Windows Update process.  Click here to see why. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "What I Would Love to See", url: " ve-to-see/" });
Code Search Engines
2008-04-30 19:27:00
For many developers, the normal Google search engine is all they need to find source code on the Web to solve a particular programming problem.  But Google doesn't understand code, so dedicated code search engines have emerged to bring code search to a new level. Following is a list of all known code search engines and ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Code Search Engines ", url: " ines/" });
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A+: Obscure Programming Language of the Month
2008-04-25 18:00:00
This is the first in what will be a series of articles published monthly, each article highlighting an obscure programming language.  There are over 2700 languages spoken on Earth.  And while there are only about a dozen popular programming languages, there are over 400 known programming languages, many of which you can see in this ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "A+: Obscure Programming Language of the Month", url: " amming-language-of-the-month/" });
More About: Development , Languages , Programming Language
Top 10 Software Innovators of All Time
2008-04-24 20:19:00
To be a ?most important? innovation, an innovation has to be an idea that is very widely used and is critically important where it applies. - David A. Wheeler It's not easy choosing the best innovators in an industry defined by innovation. The nature of software is such that the technologies, systems and products ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Top 10 Software Innovators of All Time ", url: " -innovators-of-all-time/" });
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Engineer's Guide to Cats
2008-04-23 16:46:00
I'm a dog person, but this is too funny. 4 SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Engineer's Guide to Cats ", url: " -to-cats/" });
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10 Commandments for Programmers
2008-04-21 17:16:00
I was reading an article about the death of actor Charlton Heston, most famous for his portrayal of Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's epic movie, "The Ten Commandments ." That gave me the idea to write a "Programmer's 10 Commandments," but a quick perusal of Google showed that many people have already been there, ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "10 Commandments for Programmers ", url: " -for-programmers/" });
More About: Development
Brief History of Software Patents
2008-04-17 16:56:00
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor for a fixed period of time in exchange for disclosure of an invention.  The patent enables the inventor to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the invention. (wiki) SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Brief History of Software Patents ", url: " f-software-patents/" });
UI Displacement
2008-04-14 16:39:00
Displacement in a user interface (UI) is when you are working with data in one place, and the software forces you to go to a completely different place to add or edit the data. UI displacement results in interrupted work flow, wasted time, user confusion and frustration. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "UI Displacement", url: " /" });
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101 More Great Computer Quotes
2008-04-12 15:33:00
In response to my original article, "101 Great Computer Programming Quotes," Josť M. Aguilar doubled the fun with "101 More Great Computer Quotes," which was translated, edited and republished here by Timm Martin (and Google Translator) with permission from Mr. Aguilar. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "101 More Great Computer Quotes", url: " computer-quotes/" });
More About: Software , Humor , Development
2008-04-09 19:39:00
"Hello, Mr. Consumer, we offer amazing new widget software that will save you time and money! It can do X, Y, and Z. You can download and install it from our website. Oh, and by the way, you need .NET 3.5. What's that? It's a 200MB separate download from ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "FAT .NET", url: "" });
More About: Software , Microsoft , Sales , Development Launched!
2008-04-08 20:37:00
Cubital tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that can result in moderate to severe pain and numbness in the elbow and ring & little fingers.  Last year I wrote the article "Programmer's Nightmare: Cubital Tunnel Syndrome" about my pain and struggles with CTS and how it threatens my programming career.  As people ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: " Launched !", url: " om-launched/" });
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40 Years of Cubicles
2008-03-20 23:24:00
In 1968, inventor Robert Propst revolutionized the American workplace with his "Action Office" design for the Herman Miller furniture company.  Propst intended to create a more dynamic and flexible workspace, but the end result was the much-maligned office cubicle. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "40 Years of Cubicles", url: " icles/" });
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Famous Programmer on Trial for Murder
2008-03-19 13:56:00
Hans Reiser, a programmer famous for creating the ReiserFS computer file system for Linux, is charged with killing his wife, whose body has never been found. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Famous Programmer on Trial for Murder ", url: " er-on-trial-for-murder/" });
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I'm Busy Compiling?
2008-03-17 17:10:00
From xkcd: A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language. SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "I'm Busy Compiling…", url: " ng/" });
More About: Humor , Development
13 Tips to Comment Your Code
2008-03-14 15:43:00
This article was written by Josť M. Aguilar in Spanish on his excellent blog Variable Not Found, and was translated, edited and republished here by Timm Martin (and Google Translator) with permission from Mr. Aguilar. Following are 13 tips on how to comment your source code so that it is easier to understand and maintain over ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "13 Tips to Comment Your Code ", url: " ent-your-code/" });
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Eliza Programmer Dead
2008-03-13 16:14:00
Joseph Weizenbaum, who invented the famous "virtual psychiatrist" computer program Eliza, died from cancer on March 5 in Groben, Germany at age 85.  > How does that make you feel? SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Eliza Programmer Dead ", url: " r-dead/" });
More About: Software , Artificial Intelligence
Software Sacked Spitzer
2008-03-12 21:34:00
A very interesting article by ZDNet's Larry Dignan describes in detail how software may have led to the downfall of New York governor Eliot Spitzer . SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Software Sacked Spitzer", url: " -spitzer/" });
Venture Capital Spreads Beyond Silicon Valley
2008-03-12 14:28:00
If you have a software startup and are looking to raise big money from venture capitalists, Silicon Valley in California is the place to be.  But new data from PricewaterhouseCoopers, National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Financial shows that several cities outside Silicon Valley have the highest growth rates for startups and venture capital ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Venture Capital Spreads Beyond Silicon Valley", url: " -spreads-beyond-silicon-valley/" });
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Programmer or Serial Killer?
2008-03-11 04:12:00
Take a short, fun quiz to see if you can tell the difference between a serial killer and programming language inventor.  I scored 8/10, which the site says is "Pretty good; it seems you know your JavaBeans from your fava beans, your slashers from your slash dotters." Take the Quiz SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Programmer or Serial Killer ?", url: " erial-killer/" });
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A New Type of "Virtual Machine"
2008-03-06 15:57:00
What's wrong with this picture?  Could it be the super-sized laptop?  Or that the laptop is translucent and you can see the sidewalk behind it?  Maybe it's the fact that the laptop isn't really there… Julian Beever is an English artist famous for his elaborate 3-D chalk drawings in England, France, Germany and the USA.  ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "A New Type of "Virtual Machine "", url: " irtual-machine/" });
More About: Hardware , Humor
Coalition Seeks to End Software Patents
2008-03-05 15:54:00
Several patent reform organizations have joined forces to abolish software patents.  The End Software Patents (ESP) coalition aims to eliminate patents that do not specify a physically innovative step, which would likely include many of the software patents granted today.  The coalition was founded by the Free Software Foundation, Public Patent Foundation, and Software Freedom ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Coalition Seeks to End Software Patents", url: " -to-end-software-patents/" });
Hello, I'm a Mac
2008-03-03 15:49:00
Apple's share of the U.S. PC market jumped to 8.1% in the third quarter of 2007, a 37% increase from the previous year.  One reason for Apple's surging success is its catchy "Hello, I'm a Mac" commercials starring Justin Long as "Mac" and John Hodgman as "PC":   As you might expect, these successful Mac vs. ...SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Hello, I'm a Mac", url: " " });
More About: Windows , Humor , Macintosh
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