Tip of the Day #18: Dealing with data rounding issues

If you have data coming in from a database, web service or other source external to your application and it contains, say for example, price information then do not round it. Don?t attempt to apply any form of formatting to it regardless of how much the client insists that the data will be in this […]

Follow up on what not to develop

Back in May I wrote about a substandard website I attempted to use in an article entitled “What not to Develop”. I also sent the hotel an email at the same time telling them of the failing of their website, however, I never got a response. When the post went live initially, I got asked […]

Open Source Risk Management

There are some pretty cool things happening in the open source space on the .NET platform these days and new projects are being started every day. However how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? How do you manage risk when using open source? In this post I hope to address this issue as […]

Rant of the day: Learn to frickin' count!

I was in a shop recently and I bought 6 items at £5 each. A total price of £30, even I can manage that mental arithmetic without resorting to a calculator. However, the till decided that the total price was £30.01. For a penny I really can’t be bothered to argue, but it got me […]

Developing with SQL Server 2008, deploying on SQL Server 2005

I received the following by email today: Hi Colin! I found your blog after googling for a bit about SQL Server. I had a question for you… As someone fairly new to .NET development, would it be easier to stick with SQL Server 2005 for now, or just install SQL Server 2008 express? I ask […]

Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit

Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck with Forewords by Jim Highsmith and Ken Schwaber A review of sorts The book defines a number of tools to assist you in implementing an agile approach to software development and uses a number of studies from both software development and manufacturing to […]