01 Aug 2020

Cleaner tests with XUnit's IAsyncLifetime and expression-bodied members

When writing tests, sometimes it can be tempting to dump a bunch of asserts into the same test to avoid duplication across multiple tests...

.NET, Testing
05 Jul 2020

DevOps Tooling for Developers - we're so spoilt!

Last week I had a catchup meeting with a client about the progress of a platform I'm building for them, and showed them how the "devops" side of things works. Demoing it really struck me how insanely awesome all the tooling we have nowadays is, and also how much I take it for granted!

Azure, AzureDevOps, BestPractices, Git, Productivity
20 Jun 2020

Pair Programming

I've recently started a new contract where we do 100% pair-programming. This is the first time I've done pair-programming on anywhere near this level. In the past, I've only ever paired on an ad-hock basis either to help someone else solve an issue, or vice-versa. This is an 8-hour per day contract, where other than meetings, we're pairing for all of those 8 hours. Sounds full-on? Well, actually so far, it seems to be working pretty well! Obviously, it makes a huge difference who you're working with, and I've been lucky that I seem to be getting on well with both developers that I've paired with, and we seem to think in the same way and haven't hit any conflicts so far!


10 May 2020

Writing More Succinct C#

When looking at a lot of C# code nowadays, I find myself thinking "wow, that code could be made SO MUCH SMALLER!". C# is a very flexible language, allowing you to write clean and functional code, but also very bloated code.

C#, .NET
27 Apr 2020

The First Virtual .NET Oxford meetup

This week we had our very first attempt at a virtual .NET Oxford event! And it seemed to go pretty well! We were joined by Mark Rendle to talk all about Roslyn! We also had a 10-minute lightning talk by Megan who works at our sponsor company, Corriculo Recruitment talking about the state of the the job market due to COVID-19.

dotnetoxford, Meetups, Zoom
13 Apr 2020

Zoom Integration for the .NET Oxford PrizeDraw App

´╗┐Now that .NET Oxford is going virtual for the time being during the COVID-19 lockdown, we'll be using Zoom for next few meetups. The first one is next week where we have Mark Rendle talking about Roslyn!

Azure, dotnetoxford, Meetups, Zoom
27 Mar 2020

Working From Home - Tips and Tricks

Like probably most of you, I'm now working from home full-time. Or technically, from "the Everstack office", which is my house anyway. I've worked from home every Friday for a long time now, and also had a short period many years ago working from home full-time too. I've now been working from home for almost a month full-time due to the Coronavirus.

Career, RemoteWork
03 Jan 2020

Year in Review: 2019

It's that time of the year again for another year in review blog post! 2019 was a great year, and I continue to feel incredibly lucky to have landed in an industry that I see as a hobby; am very passionate about; pays well; and is full of such amazing people!

Career, YearInReview
20 Dec 2019

Azure Advent Calendar video - Azure CLI and Cloudshell

Early on in September, I was having a conversation on Twitter with Gregor Suttie, and he mentioned that he and Richard Hooper were planning an Azure Advent Calendar this year, and asked if I was interested in participating. The plan being for members of the Azure community to each create a video about a particular topic in Azure. Then they'd publish 3 videos per each day of December on the Azure Advent Calendar YouTube channel.

Azure, CLI, Productivity
17 Nov 2019

James Montemagno visits .NET Oxford!

It's been a while since I've written a .NET Oxford blog post, choosing to replace the detailed blog posts with summarised "show notes" on the new .NET Oxford website (you can read about my reasons here). However, last month, we had an additional 'weekend' meetup with guest James Montemagno(!!) flying into the UK especially to talk at our little old' user group! So I thought this was definitely worth a blog post!

dotnetoxford, Meetups, Xamarin
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