Confessions of a C# Hack

I’ve been making a lot of changes lately to the c# compiler.  You won’t see these in Whidbey so don’t ask me about them yet.  For the most part, it hasn’t been too tough.  The compiler was designed well and is generally easy to make modifications too.  Yet eventually I hit a wall trying to get the compiler…

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Fishing for Answers

Everything you do in your day-to-day life, how you approach solving even minor problems, reflects in the way you write code. My soon to be four year old son, Charlie, has had his mind set on getting a pet fish ever since the movie Finding Nemo came out.  I suppose that’s been true for many.  My…

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Chicken Scratches

You can tell when I’m really deep into my work, writing code that is more than just boiler plate, that has something new and unique, a special approach or optimization.  But don’t look at the screen, you won’t necessarily see it there, unless you are good at scouring over thousands of lines at a glance.  The…


Feeling Stupid

Programming makes you feel stupid.  All the time.  Just when you think you finally understand something, know all its ins and outs, along comes something new that you know nothing about, not even enough to hold up your end of a speculative conversation.  Now, this might be enough to scare a lot of people into…

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Procrastinating Paradigms

Programming is sometimes a mind boggling and perplexing thing.  If you know what you want to do, and how to do it, then it is a breeze and you can whip out a thousand lines a day, write an entire app over the weekend.  If you don’t know what you want to do or how to exactly…

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Dollars for Donuts

Wayward blogs shares shot up to $497.00 per share today!  If I lived in blog land I could retire!  I wonder if I can at least convert them to Marriot reward points.  Hmmm. Matt


Technicolor Dreamshirt

I’m back at work today, and its now worse than ever.  It’s happening all around me, and its hard to miss.  I see it everywhere I go.  I even see it on me.  It’s kind of easy to understand though.  I mean, what with this place being what it is and the people being who they…

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The Heat is On

It is hot today, terribly hot.  A kind of hot that makes most Washingtonians jump for joy, slip on their shorts and tank tops and head for the beach.  The heat outside is like a stinging syrup that bears down on everything, forcing you to wade through it on the short jaunt from your car. …


Identity Theft

I am taking the day off in remembrance of a momentous event that occurred many years ago and has special meaning to me alone.  The day had great impact on a few others too, but even as great as it was my memory of it is poor, hazy at best, and I’m starting to believe…

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Wayward’s Deep Dark Secret

Normally, I’d have titled a post like this as a way to catch wandering eyes and then I’d spew out some silly little tirade about some sinister secret, and it would drag on and on never quite divulging anything and finally ending with either a punch-line or an ironic twist that might make you laugh. …

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