Best Software Essays of 2004

Joel On Software is compiling the top essays on the subject of software for the year 2004.  The nominations are up now at http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?best04.  Go give them a read.

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Code Editor Learning Curves

A friend of mine put this together.  It’s a graphical representation of the learning curve for some common code editors.  It seems quite accurate.

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Enjoy the Silence

I just recently got done with a round of upgrades to my computer.  I didn’t increase the amount of RAM or get a new processor.  No, I got new fans.  The difference is amazing.  When I built the computer I has gone with a high-quality motherboard, case, fast processor, good RAM, etc. but I’d skimped…

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Approaches To Unit Testing

    I recently was involved in a discussion about unit testing.  I’ll simplify the issues.  There are many more aguments each way and the area is more complex than presented here.  I will lay out the supposed advantages and disadvantages of side of the issue.      Unit tesing has been made quite popular lately with the advent of…

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MPEG-4 Is Dead

 Just a quick link for today.  An article on video formats I found interesting.  I’ll have something on XP and Test developers soon.  Watch this space.  MPEG-4 Is Dead.  Or so says Jan Ozer of StreamingMedia.com.  http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=8605: Before MPEG-4 was introduced, three streaming technologies enjoyed widespread use: RealVideo, Microsoft’s Windows Media Video, and Sorenson Video….

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Test Developers Are Real Developers

Through a few twists of fate, I ended up at Microsoft as a test developer (lead).  It’s not something I ever considered doing before landing here and I’m sure it is not something a lot of you have thought much about.  It is the goal of this post to introduce you to who test developers…

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Hello World

   I guess everyone has to start off with a first post.  Here’s mine.  Let’s see how I do.  In the infamous words of Admiral James Stockdale, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”  My name is Steve Rowe and I’m a Development Lead in a test organization.  We work on some of the…

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