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SQL Prompt suggestions not working in new database

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 3/21/2022

Quick tip: If you are using SQL Prompt and suggestions don’t seem to be working in a new database (but ARE working in other databases), it may be that you have it set up to only show suggestions for certain databases:

Not feeling the love, guys

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 2/14/2022

So I guess we are supposed to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of .NET this week. I found the Twitter hashtag that we are supposed to be using particularly grating: #dotNETLovesMe


“Clean” doesn’t measure anything

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 1/31/2022

I really appreciate this fantastic post from Steve Barnegren on clean code. Certainly I’ve used the term “clean code” plenty of times, but it is definitely a fair criticism that the term is vague and means different things to different people. I’m 100% on board with using better, more precise terms, such as “maintainable code”.

The Mom Test–Best Book I’ve read this year

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 11/30/2021

I spend a fair amount of my time as a freelance programmer gathering requirements. Also, with a few start-ups under my belt, I’ve seen how easy it is is to build the wrong thing due to a misunderstanding about potential customers and their needs.


The 10x Programmer Debate

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 10/20/2021

It is always fascinating to me how many programmers want to debate whether or not 10x programmers exist. For the last several years, any post I’ve read on this question has been either a firm: no, they don’t exist, or even if they do exist, they will be vile people so don’t hire them.


Start Simple

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 9/28/2021

It seems to me that this article, Don’t rush to machine learning, reminds us of an important rule that we often forget: start simple. Many times people try to overengineer a solution, when an 80%, just-good-enough solution will fit the purpose.

Product-first development

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 9/8/2021

This is a couple of years old, but I really enjoyed this piece on Code-first vs Product-first programmers. It is true that some programmers are more focused on the code itself, its design and elegance, and not on the product they are building and the problem it solves.

Are bugs more expensive to fix in production? Who knows!

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 7/23/2021

This article on this topic is fascinating. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at how poor the research is on this topic. I wish there were more recent books by Steve McConnell, as his books on programming always seemed to include references to actual research. Then again, now I’m wondering how good that research was, although I’d still bet on McConnell’s books. I particularly enjoyed Rapid Development and Code Complete, although Software Estimation is also very good. Oh wait, doing a search, I see he wrote a book published in 2019 on agile. Hmmmm….I may have to give it a read.

Windows 10 BSOD when debugging web pages

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 7/14/2021

Honestly, I’m not trying to be negative. Programming is hard. We’re all in this together, I know.

Brain Time vs Butt Time and Measuring Developer Productivity

By Avonelle Lovhaug on 4/23/2021

This post by Nick Hodges about Brain Time vs. Butt Time does a nice job of explaining the challenge in measuring developer productivity.