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Best-Selling Author on Mental Toughness

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I’m honored to have a guest post by Jason Selk, Ed.D., on patterns and practices for mental toughness.  Jason is the best-selling author of 10-Minute Toughness and Executive Toughness.  As a trainer of executives, world-class athletes, and business leaders, Jason shares proven practices for mental toughness.   Jason is a rock-star in the mental toughness arena in business and in sports.  He is a regular contributor to ABC, CBS, ESPN, and NBC radio and television and he has been featured in USA Today, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Self Magazine. Mental toughness is what
gets you back on your feet again.  Mental toughness is what helps you keep your cool when a bunch of hot air blows your way.  Mental toughness is the stuff that unsung heroes are made of.  Mental toughness is the breakfast of champions.  The beauty is that you can learn and leverage the same proven practices that work for business and for life. I think of the tools that Jason shares as the fundamentals.   They may sound like common sense, and yet, they are the ways the work.  The trick is not just knowing what to do, but doing...(Read whole news on source site)

Fluent Assertions gets a bug fix release

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While we are working on the next major version of Fluent Assertions, we received several smaller bug reports that we bundled in release 1.7.1. Fixed a bug that occurs when two collections are compared for equality but the collection contains null. Fixed a stack overflow while formatting an object graph containing static cyclic references. Fixed the issue where an exception was thrown when building a failure message by dumping the values of all properties, and one of the properties throws an exception. Made the handling of cyclic references when validating equality of nested properties configurable (ignore / throw
exception) Fixed some incorrect failure messages when comparing XML elements and attributes Fixed a NullReferenceException when comparing objects that have a write-only properties Fixed a potential NullReferenceException while comparing the properties of a complex graph and when a deep property contains a null object. These days, our preferred delivery mechanism is NuGet, but you can still get a ZIP from the CodePlex landing page. Issues can be dropped on the Issue Tracker page, but we also monitor any StackOverflow tagged with fluent-assertions.
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Re: Sorry dad, you'll understand, someday

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This is a quick blog post, in response to Zac Gorman's excellent Magical Game Time comic. As you play through the game Earthbound as the kid protagonist Ness, your phone would ring every few hours, and your dad would ask you if you'd like to take a break.  If you say Yes, it'd save the game and switch it off. The comic cleverly replies as Ness: I'll stop when I've saved the world and fallen in love.  (Sorry dad, you'll understand someday).   My boy is still three, he doesn't understand about
saving the world, or falling in love, yet.  I'm sure he will soon.  And here'd be my response to him: All dads were boys once.
We already understood. So off you go, save the world.
Go and fall in love with your girl. You do what you have to do.
This is your time, we don't expect you to hold back, or stay at home. When...(Read whole news on source site)

Try and Tell Them That Today, and They Won't Believe You

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I would have put long odds that JavaScript would someday rule the world. I remember it as an awkward and terribely mal-supported child in the early days; back when AOL was still around, and the primary purpose of JavaScript was to create a DHTML spinning clock that would follow your mouse.

Silently, over the years, and largely because every browser had to support it for the web to be useful, the JS runtime became the most ubiquitous runtime on the planet. Innovation happened in the background (my background); Gmail, CommonJS, jQuery, Node, etc... I mean,
holy cow, the way to develop apps for Windows 8 will be HTML5 and JavaScript. Who would of thought?

But, it's still JavaScript. It's still indisputably an ugly, warty, and hastily thrown together language. Even The Good Parts can't really come up with that many good parts. JavaScript, as a language, is still unappealing to me which is simply a matter of taste. Obviously, it's won and people are doing great things with it.

"Every now and then I feel a temptation to design a programming language but then I just lie down until it goes...(Read whole news on source site)

Jounce MVVM WCF RIA Printing and More Example

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I finally managed to update and upload my To-Do List Reference Application. This is a Silverlight 5 application based on my Jounce framework that demonstrates a number of different features. I built it as part of my book, Designing Silverlight Business Applications. There are several chapters devoted specifically to the construction of this example application. It is a demonstration application, so while it contains a lot of different components designed to illustrate various points, it's not intended to be a "production application." I won't even call it an "enterprise application" because it falls far
short of what you might typically build for the enterprise, but this one has a lot more code than your typical two-page blog post program.
Specifically, it demonstrates the following concepts: The Jounce framework (of course)The MVVM patternUsing a shared view model to display non-shared data (this is a common misconception, that if you edit five records you need five instances of the same view model)Jounce-specific navigation and parameter-passingUse of the Visual State Manager (VSM)Design-time supportThe Managed Extensibility FrameworkTheme management (i.e. storing a theme in a separate project and referencing it)WCF RIA ServicesMapping (auto-mapping properties from one entity...(Read whole news on source site)

Down Tools Week Cometh: Kissing Goodbye to CVs/Resumes and Cover Letters

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I haven't blogged about what I'm doing in my (not so new) temporary role as Red Gate's technical recruiter, mostly because it's been routine, business as usual stuff, and because I've been trying to understand the role by doing it. I think now though the time has come to get a little more radical, so I'm going to tell you why I want to largely eliminate CVs/resumes and cover letters from the application process for some of our technical roles, and why I think that might be a good thing for candidates (and for us). I have a terrible
confession to make, or at least it's a terrible confession for a recruiter: I don't really like CV sifting, or reading cover letters, and, unless I've misread the mood around here, neither does anybody else. It's dull, it's time-consuming, and it's somewhat soul destroying because, when all is said and done, you're being paid to be incredibly judgemental about people based on relatively little information. I feel like I've dirtied myself by saying that - I mean, after all, it's a core part of my job - but it sucks, it really does. (And, of course, the truth is I'm...(Read whole news on source site)

What Are Brogrammers Afraid Of?

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Disclaimer: these opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent the opinion of any person or institution who are not me. The topic of sexism in the software industry has flared up recently. This post by Katie Cunningham (aka The Real Katie), entitled Lighten Up, caught my attention. As a father of a delightful little girl, I hope someday my daughter feels welcomed as a developer should she choose that profession. In general, I try to avoid discussions of politics, religion, and racism/sexism on my blog not because I don’t have strong feelings about these
things, but I doubt I will change anyone’s mind. If you don’t think there’s an institutionalized subtle sexism problem in our industry, I probably won’t change your mind. So I won’t try. Instead, I want to attempt an empirical look at some problems that probably do affect you today that just happen to be related to sexism. Maybe you’ll want to do something about it. But first, some facts. The Facts Whether we agree on the existence of institutional sexism in our industry, I think we can all agree that our industry is overwhelmingly...(Read whole news on source site)