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Pair Programming – you need to strike a balance

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/09/16

I love improving my own and teams’ programming skills.

Key is to strike a balance, as there never is a silver bullet.

One of the things lots of people praise is Pair Programming. And it works great: up to a certain point, for some categories of people.

So it it worthwhile to read an article like Ben Northrop – Pair Programming – My Personal Nightmare.

Being a Meyers-Briggs type ISTP and best functioning as a Completer Finisher team role according to the Belbin tests, I love “flow state” and value being able to both work in solitude, and share knowledge/crafts with the teams I’m part of.

Which means I like Extreme Programming techniques like Pair Programming, Scrum sprints, Standup Meetings, etc. I am also very much aware that the sticky notes on a brown paper wall cover don’t stick for long.

So like in real life, it’s all about awareness and striking a balance in what you do: be aware what you do, how you do it and why you do it.


via: Ben Northrop – Pair Programming – My Personal Nightmare.

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Delphi: considerations regarding rendering performance improvements for FireMonkey applications (via: +Simon Stuart)

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/09/15

Simon Stuart yesterday posted a very interesting post on G+ that explains on this (edited) topic:

#Rendering   I was having a conversation last night … with +David Berneda regarding rendering performance improvements for FireMonkey applications.
Specifically, custom drawing/rendering on a FireMonkey Canvas.

I just want to summarize the points I raised, and some of the conclusions I’ve come to having been working with rendering in FireMonkey since the end of June this year.


via: Simon Stuart rendering performance improvements for FireMonkey applications. Specifically, custom drawing/rendering on a FireMonkey Canvas.

Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Development, FireMonkey, OS X FMX, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

interesting: YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator that understands both Windows and Linux

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/09/15

Ever wanted to put all your Windows installs on a bootable USB stick, but also add some Linux functionality?

It looks like YUMI can do just that.

On my research list (:


via: YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux.

Posted in *nix, Linux, Power User, SuSE Linux, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Online Dutch Radio streams: some direct URLs

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/09/15

From Online Radio | Luister | Radio Veronica | Alleen Echte Hits:


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Boxstarter: quickly setup a machine with just a Gist

Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2014/09/13


Quickly setup any machine with just a Gist – No Preinstalled software required

Want to setup your box without downloading any software or fussing with package authoring or publishing?

Well buckle up! Boxstarter makes this a snap!

Boxstarter makes it really easy to script things when you have a working internet connection.

The example script they show does a lot of things I normally configure by hand:

Set-WindowsExplorerOptions -EnableShowHiddenFilesFoldersDrives -EnableShowProtectedOSFiles -EnableShowFileExtensions

cinst fiddler4
cinst git-credential-winstore
cinst console-devel
cinst sublimetext2
cinst poshgit
cinst dotpeek

Thanks Thomas Mueller for pointing me to this.

Boxstarter does all kind of neat things with NuGet and Chocolatey.



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