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Coding music

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As a software developer, you need a headphone and music to get into the zone. If I have to explain what “the zone” is, you might consider skipping this blog. Mark Zuckerberg was in the zone in the movie the social network. My current headphone is a on-ear Sony MDR-NC7 with active noise-cancelling. It was the cheapest noise-cancelling headphone and I wanted to check out if noise cancelling would work. So if you have a nice affordable suggestion for a new headphone (preferably with noise cancelling) please let me know in the comments below. As a developer, you

Yet Another Podcast Show 127–Laurent Bugnion, Xamarin & MVVM Light

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Laurent Bugnion, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Director and Senior Director for IdentityMine, works from Zurich Switzerland where he is the author of MVVM Light, one of the premier libraries and toolkits for MVVM on all XAML systems and now Xamarin … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Who's Managing Your Company?

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One of the best books I’m reading lately is The Future of Management, by Gary Hamel. It’s all about how management innovation is the best competitive advantage, whether you look through the history of great businesses or the history of great militaries.  Hamel makes a great case that strategic innovation, product or service innovation, and operational innovation are fleeting advantages, but management innovation leads to competitive advantage for the long haul. In The Future of Management, Hamel poses a powerful question … “Who is managing your company?” Via
rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Future of Management: “Who's managing your company?  You might be tempted to answer, 'the CEO,' or 'the executive team,' or 'all of us in middle management.'  And you'd be right, but that wouldn't be the whole truth.  To a large extent, your company is being managed right now by a small coterie of long-departed theorists and practitioners who invented the rules and conventions of 'modern' management back in the early years of the 20th century.  They are the poltergeists who inhabit the musty machinery of management.  It is their edicts, echoing across the decades, that invisibly shape...(Read whole news on source site)

O’Reilly Half-Price E-book of the day 21/July/2014 - PostgreSQL: Up and Running

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Originally posted on:’s half-price deal of the day from O’Reilly at is PostgreSQL: Up and Running. “This new edition of PostgreSQL: Up and Running continues to provide a concise overview to help you quickly understand and use PostgreSQL’s unique features. Updated for 9.3 (and including reinvigorated 9.2 content), it covers LATERAL queries, augmented JSON support, materialized views, and other key topics.”

Learning Xamarin: Custom Controls in Xamarin Forms

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Xamarin Forms are the most exciting library to come along in a long time; certainly for mobile programmers.  They bring a whole new option to cross platform development: an abstraction layer that lets you write once, and run native on … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

The ‘Morning’ Brew #1655

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A rather late one today, and certainly not morning here in the UK. The explanation is rather unexciting – after a long charity bike ride yesterday I had a rather lazy morning, and half convinced myself it was Sunday still. Thanks for all the messages of concern…here is today (links only) edition. Software Introducing PSBuild […]