The Best (Non-Programming) Podcasts for Developers

I've got a relatively long commute to work each morning, and listening to the radio just isn't fun for me anymore. Music stations seem to play the same songs over and over again and sports radio is full of endless drivel and loudmouth know-nothings. I don't have enough time in the day to spend it listening to things I don't enjoy. Instead, I listen to podcasts; professionally-produced radio stories covering a wide range of topics. There are countless lists out... Read more >

A Five-Step Process for Planning a Rewrite of a Legacy Project

My team and I recently finished a long-gestating project which involved taking a ten-year-old codebase and rewriting it onto a new stack. Said rewrite took the better part of a year, but it's running in production right now and doesn't appear to have too many pervasive, evil bugs. People are using it, when they're not emphatically complaining about it. In short, it's a rousing success. (What? We have reasonable goals.) This project has directly resulted in several of my recent... Read more >

ASP.NET Core Demystified - Middleware

For the next installment in our ASP.NET Core Demystified series, we will discuss of feature of ASP.NET Core that doesn't really have an equivalent feature in ASP.NET Framework: Middleware. What Are Middleware? Middleware are classes in ASP.NET Core which form a "pipeline" through which requests to the system and responses from the system flow. Each piece of middleware can handle requests or responses or both. Each piece of middleware can also control whether or... Read more >

Opinion Time: Should Code Reviews Include Manual Testing?

We have an ongoing debate in my team concerning what exactly a code review covers, and I am once again asking for my readers' help in deciding whether I am crazy or not. Here's the setup: we are a five-person development team, responsible for 2 major projects and 15 minor ones. I'm the team lead, which means it is my job to conduct code reviews (except for my own code, which I delegate to my teammates). Once we are done... Read more >