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Showing posts from October, 2012

Blogs as an indication of job satisfaction?

When was the last time you updated your blog?Have you done anything lately that was worth blogging about?These are all questions that have been rattling around my head recently. I've experienced it myself, I've seen it via my colleagues. When people are working on interesting stuff, focused on solving clearly defined business goals, their blogs are full of detail and insightful to read! If the business is losing or has lost direction, blogs become an attempt to stay focused and continue honing skills but slowly over time the drain of the working day drags the blog content down to just notes or, worse still, silence.I'm beginning to see the worth of a blog as a litmus test on job satisfaction - a stagnating or random blog probably indicates a day job that is doing something similar! Many posts (regardless of the stats) probably indicates a full on and enjoyable day job focused on solving tangible business goalsThere is probably a good argument that a job shouldn't d…

Project Euler #24

I'm trying to start up on project Euler again, one thing I do like is that it highlights how poor some of my maths knowledge actually is. Neither school or college covered many of these algorithms; which is bit of a surprise given that I did a four year mechanical apprenticeship with applied mathematics.....still never too late to learnSo I (re)started on problem 24 which read:A permutation is an ordered arrangement of objects. For example, 3124 is one possible permutation of the digits 1, 2, 3 and 4. If all of the permutations are listed numerically or alphabetically, we call it lexicographic order. The lexicographic permutations of 0, 1 and 2 are:012 021 102 120 201 210What is the millionth lexicographic permutation of the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9?I usually start with a brute force attack on the problem, using TDD and the supplied example to verify the output. This worked nicely for the given example, but even on modern computing power I couldn't ge…

VS2012/.NET4.5 and Server 2003

Just a word of warning:Windows NT and Windows Server 2003 do not support .NET 4.5 - you can not install the framework onto these systems.So if you are building in visual studio 2012 and have to support Server 2003 (or earlier) then you must remember to target .NET4.0 (or lower) in your project(s) otherwise you will not be able to run them on the target system. That would be a really bad thing to find at the end of the project; another good reason to implement continuous integration/deployment into any project from the outset (and deploy to an instance/server that represents the target o/s)