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It’s a Ninja Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand

It is a fast and dynamic world we are living in these days and as some of you may have noticed, I have a new job as of recently. I decided to become a consultant, and I could not think of a better place to pursue my career forward than tretton37. It seems that we are a perfect match. I have had more than a warm welcome since I started and everyone seems so nice. I already feel at home here. I decided to devote this article to tretton37. So, if you want to find out more, read on…

ABOUT TRETTON37

tretton37We are a knowledge-based company that helps our clients achieve their goals by delivering customized & well-crafted software solutions, utilizing primarily .NET platform with help of agile and lean development methods.

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It’s a Ninja Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand

The Real Story of the Modern Day Developer

Every day thousands and thousands of developers fight stress, anxiety, deadlines, pressure, guilt, hard work. They give their everything so that they make the world a better place….These are their stories…

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The Real Story of the Modern Day Developer

Value and Reference

Whatever you do in the .NET framework deals either with value or reference types, yet, there seems to be a great deal of confusion in many discussions with fellow developers and on online forums and QA sites about where the actual variables reside. It is so basic yet a cause of so many misconceptions. For example one of them is that value types reside on the stack and that the reference objects reside on the heap. We will try to break up some of those misunderstandings by carefully examining and explaining what really happens(with the current implementation of the .NET runtime, which at the time of writing is .NET 4.5.1)

Before we dig deeper into this issue I just want to say that this is by no means a comprehensive guide to how types are handled in the .NET framework. It would take a whole book on that. I’m simply trying to create a nice picture and get a few things clear as a general concept by working the foundations and trying to create a picture of what is one possibility of what happens behind the scenes down at the deepest level.

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Value and Reference

Code Analysis with NDepend

When our projects reach a certain size it is very hard to determine the complexity of our code. It gets harder and harder to see the overall picture. It also becomes very easy to introduce unnecessary complexity to parts of our system that we don’t want to. In simple words, it’s easy to get lost. Especially if there are may people working on the project.

On top of many other tools, practices and principles like unit tests, integration tests, acceptance tests, continuous integration, it is static code analysis tools like NDepend that come into play.

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Code Analysis with NDepend

Find Stored Procedure by Name

There are several ways to find a stored procedure in the server by name: we can query sys.procedures, syscomments, or information_scema.routines. Respective examples would be:

select * from   sys.procedures
where    name like '%name_of_proc%'

or

select text 
from 
    syscomments c
    inner join sys.procedures p on p.object_id = c.object_id
where 
    p.name like '%name_of_proc%'

or

select * 
from
    information_schema.routines
where
    routine_name like '%name_of_proc%'
Find Stored Procedure by Name

The Story of the Modern Day Developer

Software Developer, a “Programmer” even an “Engineer” or a “Craftsman“, although there are substantial differences between these according to some people, when we say any of them we mean one thing….an organism that transforms coffee into code 🙂 so I will continue with the term “Developer” and I wouldn’t like to go into that discussion right now because it can turn out to become a book.

We have come a long way from being the “basement” nerds, that nobody wants to talk to, to the modern day mixed media served image of super-rich-enterpreneur-programmer(which is sadly just a few lucky ones). So where is the truth? What are we, where are we? How do we manage to form a picture of ourselves and waht we want to accomplish in todays diversity of technologies and approaches to software development?

I know it maybe not much. But, having been there for quite a while both as amateur since I was a little kid typing random programs in Basic on my Commodore 64 back in the 90’s, then professionally since 2005, all the way until today. I will try to share my view and experiences of what I consider the most important values of a modern day developer by answering dozen of questions.

So, here we go.

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The Story of the Modern Day Developer