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  • Blog Post: Aargh! Part Eight, plus Boring Metablogging

    Q: What's a pirate's second favourite mode of transportation? A: A caaaaargh! Preferably a Jaguaaaaargh, but an early Oldsmobile Cutlass will do. Q: Very amusing -- but what's a pirate's favourite mode of transportation? A: A pirate ship, silly. Gripe #10: Don't use _alloca _alloca allocates...
  • Blog Post: Aargh! Part Seven

    Q: How do pirates keep their socks from falling down? A: Thumbtacks. I am insanely busy with bug fixing and performance testing today, so once more I'll dip into my endless archive of rants about irksome coding practices I've seen one time too many. Gripe #8: Assert the truth, the whole truth...
  • Blog Post: Aaargh, Part Six: One More Thing About Comments

    Gripe #7: Use The Right Struct For The Job I meant to include this one in yesterday's gripe about comments, as this illustrates a time when I found a comment that should never have been there. The person who wrote the comment should have realized that the very fact that they needed to put a comment...
  • Blog Post: Aargh, Part Five: Comment Rot

    Gripe #6: Comment Rot If you've been reading my SimpleScript code you might have noticed that there are very few comments in my code. That's deliberate. Why do we have comments in the first place? We have comments because sometimes the semantics of the code are not clear from the syntax...
  • Blog Post: Aargh, Part Four: There is no part four

    I've got all these little rants queued up for days when I'm too busy to post. And Raymond has all these little articles queued up while he's on vacation. And in one of those weird Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem moments of synchronicity, Raymond just beat me to it. His post on how people write incorrect...
  • Blog Post: Aaargh! Part Three

    I'm still at VSLive. Both my talks are done, so its just booth duty from here on in. The talks went... OK. Running VSTO on top of Virtual PC on a laptop was too slow; we'll have to devirtualize that for the next time. Unfortunately they put me in the keynote room, which seats over a thousand. Now...
  • Blog Post: Aaargh! Part Two

    I'm insanely busy prepping for VSLive! today, so, once more, I complain about coding practice that are drivin' me nuts . But first: why do pirates dislike Johnny Depp's Oscar-nominated performance in "Pirates of the Caribbean"? Because it wasn't AAAAAARRRR-rated. Gripe #3: More Complaining About...
  • Blog Post: Aargh, Part One: A Pirate Walks Into A Bar…

    One of my former housemates was fond of pirate jokes, as am I . My personal favourite of his was: A pirate walks into a bar, and the barkeep says " Excuse me, cap'n, but did you know that you've got your ship's wheel stuck in your pantaloons ?" " Aye ," says the pirate, " that thing be drivin...
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