x+=x++;

Today I was looking through an internal C# user group list. One of the messages was about “x+=x++;” and what should be the right behavior. I thought this is more generally interesting, so I decided to blog it. But first, DO NOT WRITE THAT CODE!!! Ok, with that out of the way, we can start……

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Homeowner association transcripts…

Does anyone know if the homeowner association president for a condominium complex is legally forced to give the transcripts of their meetings to prospective buyers? It is quite funny, the lady in charge just doesn’t want to talk to me. I know, I know, I shouldn’t buy that condo then… love over reason…

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“Rent or buy” spreadsheet

Someone asked me for the spreadsheet I used for the calculations in my previous posts.  Here you have it. The data doesn’t reflect my current situation. Feel free to use it with your own numbers (and tell me of any bug).

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How much object relational framework do you really need?

It is always interesting for me to look at debates about object relational layers. I propose we define different levels of object relational support: No support: all the objects are persisted and queried by writing ADO.NET code by hand Code generation: you run a tool on your database (or on an abstract description of your…

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I’m really an old, almost fat, beach volley player…

I used to play a lot, back in Italy. We would come out from work, go to the beach, play two or three hours, swim a bit and then go out for the night. This would happen about every day. We took it awfully seriously. We would go to the Italian national championships and all….

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Book: “Objects, Components, and Frameworks with UML”, Fedmond F. D`Souza

This is a book about Catalysis, an OO methodology. I read this book some time ago (like years…). It is a quite complex book. If you don’t like methodologists, it will easily put you to sleep. But if you stay awake, it is worth it. It is strange how this book crystallized one concept for…

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I’m buying a house…

I think I’ve been misinterpreted in my previous posts. I’m not suggesting that renting is better than owning. You have to run your numbers and make your own choice. There are many assumptions to consider (financial and not). The not financial ones often are more important. You have to run your numbers, but in general renting looks better…

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To rent or to buy a house??

Spurred by some comments to a previous post I quickly run these numbers. They analyze the case of house price not rising in the next five years. I’ll take more time to check them if I really get to a point of deciding, but they should be correct.   This data (fairly typical in my…

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My quest for a new home…

I’m refining my understanding of how to value residential properties. There is this rule of thumb: buy when you can get a rent for the property which is at least 1.2% of the property price (or in another form, when the home price is 7x the annual rent). This is an approx for a more…

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Book: “The coming crash in the housing market”, John R. Talbott

My wife and I are planning to move somewhere where you can walk to shops and restaurants. We were thinking about selling or renting our current suburbia home. So, as usual, I picked up a bunch of books from the local library. This is one of them. Amazon reviews are here.   My opinion on the…

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