Welcome to Niche Software, a MicroISV based in Wellington, New Zealand.

The primary goal of the site is as a host to my writing - mostly entries in my blog, but also including more detailed articles and the occasional highly opinionated editorial. A secondary, but still important, goal is to be a place to post some tools, utilities and toys that I have written. As I tend to develop applications that "scratch my own itch," most of these are fairly technical in nature. Please check out the license on any item you download - while many are free, some are not.

Sharpen The Saw #34

Apr 23 2018 sharpen-the-saw

In this issue from October 2017: Stronger encapsulation with entity printers; live unit testing in Visual Studio 2017; Code that lies; The dangers of skipping a EULA; The secret weapon for a great career; and why you shouldn’t use Git.

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How long is a simple fix?

Apr 21 2018 professional

Imagine that you have a recurring problem in your production environment, one that occurs around once a week. The problem is fairly minor and affects only one user at a time. You can fix the underlying data issue pretty quickly with some custom scripts you wrote. What’s your threshold for fixing the problem permanently, instead of manually fixing it each time it happens?

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Older Posts

Sharpen The Saw #33  16 Apr 2018
Types behaving badly  14 Apr 2018
Implementing Value Equality  07 Apr 2018
Sharpen The Saw #32  02 Apr 2018
Implementing Entity Equality  31 Mar 2018
Sharpen The Saw #31  26 Mar 2018
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Mandelbrot Screensaver

Mandelbrot Screensaver is a screensaver that automatically generates images from Mandelbrot fractal, generating a never ending display of fractal images on your screen.

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WordTutor

WordTutor, a tool for running interactive spelling drills: the easy way to ove your spelling.

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OOS Alarm

OOS Alarm is a repeating alarm clock which pops up regularly to remind you to appropriate breaks during your work each day.

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Becoming a Better Developer

In this talk I pass on some of the things I've learnt about being a better developer.

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Static Analysis for the Win

We all know that the earlier we find a bug, the cheaper it is to fix. Shouldn't we therefore be doing everything we can to identify bugs as early as possible?

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The Pragmatic Programmer

Unusually for a technical book published in 1999, The Pragmatic Programmer remains thoroughly relevant to the modern developer. I present a review of this book, looking at how it is relevant to the modern developer.

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Writing Maintainable Code

One core skill that every developer should cultivate is the ability to write Maintainable Code - code that can be easily understood.

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Geek Communication

In June 2014, presenting to the first cohort of the Enspiral Devacademy talking about the nature of "geeks" and how to communicate effectively with them.

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Unit Testing 101

A beginners introduction to unit testing, based on Roy Oscherove's book Art of Unit Testing. Presented to both Software Quality New Zealand and to Statistics New Zealand.

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