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Tales of a Bionic Dev

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    Safari Caching Bug

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    From: SmugBlog: Don MacAskill » Blog Archive » Nasty Bug: Safari doesn’t cache stuff. If your computer has less than 1GB of RAM, Safari fails to cache items larger than 104,857 bytes. If your computer has more than 1GB of RAM, Safari failes...
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    Windows Live Writer + Source Code?

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    I've been struggling on every post to get source code to look good with my blog style.  Today I found a decent solution as a live writer plugin: Insert Source Code Snippet .  It still requires me to muck with the html a bit though.  I may...
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    DataContractJsonSerializer - Json serialization built in to .Net 3.5

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    if you are ever trying to generate javascript objects server side, you should take a look at DataContractJsonSerializer . We used to have this ugly aspx code to spew out a list Urls as a JSON array: thumbUrls = [<% if(this.ThumbnailUrls.Count >...
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    Finally found a good use for C# 3.0 Extension methods

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    I think of Extension methods as mostly a hack introduced so that the LINQ team could implement all their cool features without touching the core .Net dlls. Here's a use of extension methods I can get behind though: www.leastprivilege.com - Extension Methods...
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    More testing of IE8 connection limits

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    From: Ajax Performance » Testing IE8's Connection Parallelism It appears that IE8 will allow for a total of 18 maximum connections across different subdomains in a page load (over broadband).  Good news for sites that use the multiple host name...
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    Code Reviews as a Learning Tool

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    Caught a link to Moserware: What Does It Take To Become A Grandmaster Developer? and found the article quite illuminating.  I'd like to think I'm a level 3 or 4 dev by his numbers. :-) There are lots of good tips and tidbits in that lengthy article;...
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    ASP.Net MVC Goes to Preview 2

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    Phil from the MVC team posts some Thoughts on ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 and Beyond I've been following the ASP.Net  MVC project from back when it was an internal-only project.  I haven't had a chance to play with Preview 2 yet, but I hope to once...
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    Steve Souders measures IE 8 page load time improvements

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    From: High Performance Web Sites :: IE8 speeds things up . Lots of attention has been focused on the JScript improvements in IE8, but Steve "YSlow" Souders has measured the improvements to page load time based on the new 6 connections per host...
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    Windows Live FolderShare ships!

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    In addition to the site I mostly work on, Windows Live SkyDrive , I also worked on a completely new website for Windows Live FolderShare, a product I've been using for about two years now to keep in sync all the files I have on the five or so machines...
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    Going to the Velocity Conference

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    I'll be attending the Velocity Conference ( Link ) this summer.  The conference focuses on web performance and scalability, just like this blog :-) I'm particularly excited about the following speakers: Steve Souders, Google Eric Schurman, Live Search...
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    Want to stop Global Warming? Just follow 14 simple rules

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    Steve Souders, author of the YSlow 14 rules for high performance websites did some back of the envelope calculations on the carbon footprint impact of not adhering to some of the rules. High Performance Web Sites :: How green is your web page? It's kind...
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    Watch Your Cookie Sizes

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    If you read my last post, you may have noticed that we recently moved all SkyDrive static content to a CDN.  The CDN we use is sourced at the shared.live.com subdomain, since it's maintained by part of the Windows Live organization. I was digging...
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    SkyDrive ships major performance improvements

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    One of the reasons I've been a bit out of commission lately is all the hard work I put in to the latest SkyDrive release.  Along with a few of the other developers, here are some of the things we accomplished in our "Milestone of Quality"...
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    IE8 Performance Improvements

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    [I know I haven't posted in a while, but I'm still here.  Let's give this blogging thing another try!) With all the news out of Mix today, one set of items I found interested was all the perf work that went in to IE8.  From a few of the whitepapers...
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    HttpWatch - My favorite web performance tool

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    My team has been using HttpWatch for a few months now to analyze the client side performance of SkyDrive .  Previously, I had relied on some internal tools we use that are based on NetMon, as well as Fiddler and Firebug with the YSlow plugin. ...
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    Write a list and check it twice

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    Over the weekend, I read a great article by one of my favorite New Yorker writers, Atul Gawande. The article (currently available here ) introduced me to a recent development in intensive care units: the checklist. A professor at Hopkins one day decided...
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    Introduction

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    Hi there, and welcome to my brand-new blog.  For a long time, I've thought about starting a developer-focused blog, but two things generally held me back.  1) I needed a good title, and 2) I needed a decent subject that I actually knew something...
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