Performance Tip: Checking For Empty String

In all my books and conference sessions I talk about the proper way to test if a string is valid. Microsoft .NET has been around almost two decades and I still see code like this: if (testValue.Trim() == "") This code is even wrong since it's not checking for null. A better way would be like this: … Continue reading Performance Tip: Checking For Empty String

Is There A Place For Old Developers On Young Development Teams?

Recently, one of my friends and fellow writer interviewed me for an article. Here is what he wrote about the interview: David McCarter is a noted developer and Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Dave has written a number of books and published many videos about computer programming. His dotNetDave Explains YouTube series is a hit … Continue reading Is There A Place For Old Developers On Young Development Teams?

Processing AWS SQS Messages via a LAMBDA

With the short time I have been programming using Amazon Web Services (AWS) I have learned three things... AWS is NOT .NET Framework friendly! They are more .NET Core friendly but don't keep up with the latest version. The AWS .NET SDK needs a lot of work. I've previously wrote about this in my "Is … Continue reading Processing AWS SQS Messages via a LAMBDA

Proper Type Encapsulation – Part 1

Encapsulation is the first pillar of Object Oriented Programming and maybe the most important. This is how wikipedia.org defines encapsulation: Encapsulation is one of the fundamentals of OOP (object-oriented programming). It refers to the bundling of data with the methods that operate on that data. Encapsulation is used to hide the values or state of … Continue reading Proper Type Encapsulation – Part 1

Book Review: Azure and Xamarin Forms: Cross Platform Mobile Development

It's been a long time since I have done a book review but I wanted to review Azure and Xamarin Forms: Cross Platform Mobile Development by Russell Fustino since I am personally interested in these two subjects. If you are new to mobile development or cloud development, then this book is for you! Heck, why not try … Continue reading Book Review: Azure and Xamarin Forms: Cross Platform Mobile Development