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

This site has two (conflicting) goals.

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.

Mandelbrot Screensaver

Mandelbrot Screensaver is a screensaver that automatically generates images from the 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 improve your spelling.

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A Developers Blog

Easy String Conversion

Here is an extension method for string that makes it easy - almost trivial - to convert the value held by the string into another type.

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FTP, Unicode and the inconvenient bug »

Time for a change »

HTML to Markdown with Powershell »

Language Extensions for C# »

Simpler code with DirectoryInfo »

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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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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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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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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