Tools don't matter

Tools don't matter I don't use vim or emacs, but for some reason whenever I used to read a vim or emacs article or blog post, I used to download, install and spend the rest of the day reading books, manuals and playing with the editors.

Windows Azure Distilled - A Programmer's view

The launch of Windows Azure has coincided with the launch of the entire cloud computing initiative from Microsoft which makes a lot of business sense but it also makes it hard to differntiate the individual parts of the initiative, here’s my understanding so far.

A case study in micro-optimization

Last week I saw a wrap up from cedric’s coding challenge on his blog, the problem looked simple enough, “write a counter function that counts from 1 to max but only returns numbers whose digits don’t repeat”.

Programmer Competency Matrix - 32 attributes to evaluate programmers

Having worked with programmers with an extreme variance in skills, I sometimes get the feeling that there is an big lack of good programmers but when I thought about it a little more I realized that it’s not very clear cut, some of the programmers have strong areas and if you confine the tasks into their strong areas then they tend to deliver well.