Interview tip: what’s the real question

Sometimes somebody asks a question, but the answer they’re looking for is not the answer to the question; it’s the answer to the question behind the question. My 3 year old daughter demonstrated this recently in a conversation with my wife. After realizing we didn’t know where in the house she was, and having a…

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It never works

Last night, right before falling asleep, I recall having some great idea for a blog entry. I was too tired to write it down, but I said the 2 word summary aloud and was absolutely sure I’d remember in the morning. Now all I remember was that the 2nd word started with the letter ‘c’….

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Merry Christmas!

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Grocery stores and cyclical dependency graphs

Here’s a silly conversation that demonstrates a problem in resolving cyclical dependency graphs that my wife + I had at the grocery store: Me: [looking for purchases to get in the Christmas mood] “Let’s get some walnuts ” Wife: [predisposed against the idea] “Let’s not, we don’t have a nutcracker” Me: “Well, let’s get a…

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Return vs. Finally (2)

The Return statement and finally have competition. Both can are the “last” thing to execute when a function exits, so which of them is really last? I blogged about this before regarding C#’s semantics setting data. Now I’ll compare some interesting differences between C# and Python. Who wins if you set them up in direct…

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Real Time Strategy game for Silverlight

Check out TruckWars, a Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) game for Silverlight 1.1 by Tim that builds on the Farseer 2d Physics engine.  It’s available on the gallery here. Here’s a screen shot: You control the green trucks, and your goal is to push all the green buttons to clear each level. The red trucks are the bad…

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Debuggability tops MSBuild feature poll

Dan Mosely recently posted a feature poll on the MSBuild blog. Here are the results.  Debuggability topped the list over more traditional features. I found that very interesting. My goal is not to comment on how feasible this is or suggest how to accomplish it or even say whether I personally agree. Rather it’s just…

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