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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


Geek Talk

Updated (30/Jun/14) to include new resources and remove dead links

If you work in a small team or as a solo developer, there is a chance that you will miss out on new developments that are happening in the tech world. Podcasts and videos featuring developer discussions not only help you gain new information and perspective but also aid in understanding small details like pronunciation & emerging jargon.

Here is a list of geek talk resources that I know about:

1. Scott Hanselman's podcasts (RSS Feed) - Scott picks an interesting technical topic each time & discusses them with experts. The conversations are engaging and generate a lot of insightful thoughts to ponder upon. The PDF transcripts for it are also available.

I liked a recent episode where Richard Campbell and Scott shared war stories about scaling large websites.

Excerpts:

I'm consistently surprised at how many sites don't have a geographic failover.

So, what is the difference between a performance problem and a scale problem?
Well, I think most people see scaling problems manifest as perceived performance problems.

When someone tries to start aggressively caching, whether that be output cache or formally caching from a business perspective, there's this Cartesian product that happens.

I like the idea of being able to attribute something or mark something and have it handled because this is a common pattern and anytime something is a common pattern, I expect the best practice to be embodied within the library.

..if you start thinking about performance early on, you always get accused of being a premature optimizer.

dasBlog is an interesting application because we don't have a database.....Everything in dasBlog is stored in XML.

You know, what I like to do is I turn it (ViewState) off completely and then turn it on.

While, Microsoft, now that I'm starting to understand what they think about, they have to make that distinction between speed of development versus the expectation of the developer. They wanted ASP.NET to just be one of those things where I can drag a button onto a page and it works.

One of my favorite defaults and I've talked about this in sessions all the time that people a) don't know about, but b) when you really think about it realize it's a good default, but seems totally non-sensical is ASP.NET's default worker process restart is 23 hours. That's the default setting for a cold install of IIS. Every 23 hours, restart the worker process.

2. NET Rocks!  (RSS Feed) is a weekly talk show for anyone interested in programming on the Microsoft .NET platform. In the show, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell talk invite guests to discuss a new developer topic each time.

3. Microsoft's Channel 9 website (RSS Feed) offers audio & video recordings in a range of formats covering discussions or tutorials on Microsoft technologies.

As the tone & content of the free video courses on Pluralsight, Code School, Udacity, Coursera, is informal and conversational, they are sometimes better than books for learning.

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