Working long hours is unproductive, unhealthy, and unfortunately common. I strongly believe that working less hours is good for you and your employer, yet many companies and managers force you to work long hours, even as it decreases worker productivity. So why do they do it?


There's a sweet spot with unit testing -- and most dev teams are missing it


Business logic is supposed to be the part of the application where you deal with customer or user facing decisions and computations. It is often argued that this part should be well separated from the rest of the technical infrastructure of your code.


With the Desktop Bridge you can easily package your current desktop application or game as an .appx, distribute through the Windows Store and target all Windows Desktop devices including Windows 10 S to increase your user reach and easier monetization. You can package any desktop application such as: WPF, WinForms, MFC, VB6, etc.


With the Application Insights JavaScript SDK you can collect and investigate the performance and usage of your web page or app. Historically we have offered onboarding through manually adding a script to your application and redeploying. Manually adding the script is still supported, but recently we have added the ability to add client-side monitoring from the Azure portal in a few clicks as well.


Bots are everywhere nowadays, and we interact with them all of the time. From interactions on our phones, in chat rooms, in GitHub discussions, and Slack channels, these guys are everywhere and don't seem to be going anywhere any time soon.


Microsoft and the .NET community have made asynchronous programming very easy with their implementation of async await in C#. The latest versions of ASP.NET heavily utilize it to improve performance. Many performance monitoring and profiling tools struggle to support and visualize the performance of asynchronous C# code.


As part of a Twitter exchange, I discovered that Heather Downing (blog, twitter) would be talking about Imposter Syndrome. This is a topic that interests me for reasons I’ll go into below. I figured it would be interesting to jot down some thoughts on it before Heather’s talk, and then again afterwards, comparing my ideas with hers.