Data Structures and Algorithms book flying out (again!)

The updated version of the Data Structures and Algorithms book that Luca and I wrote is flying out once more! We are really very happy to see how many people are downloading our book. In total (counting the previous release) the book has had nearly 16,000 downloads! Amazing. If you haven’t already got a copy what are you waiting for?! Its free so you don’t have to reach into those empty pockets at this time of year. Download the updated version of the Data Structures and Algorithms book here! Enjoy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Design Patterns – Part 5 published

In this part of the series we look at the command pattern. I’ve also seen that Sonu has posted in the article quick links to the previous articles in the series as well. While the articles are not written in any specific order I would recommend that you read the first part before you read any of the others if only for motivation to learn more about design patterns. View it – Design Patterns – Part 5

Results: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

As I mentioned several days ago I’ve been seeing if a dark theme in VS would help my eyes a little. The short of it is – no, no it didn’t. The major sore point is that if you use a dark theme in VS then you find yourself constantly swapping between dark (VS) and light (web content, content in general). The latter of course doesn’t sound like its particularly good for you and I’d definitely concur with that. I actually found that my background was slightly off-white in my VS settings and since changing it to pure white around … Continue reading Results: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

Experiment: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

I’ve been highly critical of using dark themes in Visual Studio particularly because the UI of VS is light in its very nature. The combination of the two proving to be an interesting proposition when using VS for large durations of time. I digress. Recently I have suffered a few eye issues and I’m pretty much willing to try and use a dark theme now for more than an hour and then dismissing it in the hope that it may help me out a little. I have tried a few other minor solutions prior to this experiment, the most of … Continue reading Experiment: Using a dark theme in VS for a week

Using Pex in a TDD fashion…

Peli has just posted a good post on using Pex in a TDD fashion to create a binary heap. In case you don’t know, Peli is actually one of the guys working on Pex at MSR so if you have a chance do give it a look 😉 “Pex (Program EXploration) is an intelligent assistant to the programmer. From a parameterized unit test, it automatically produces a traditional unit test suite with high code coverage. In addition, it suggests to the programmer how to fix the bugs.” By the way Pex is not tied to MSTest. See the Pex Extensions … Continue reading Using Pex in a TDD fashion…