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Improving myself: 21-week Check-in

August 25, 2013


I’ve been crazy-happy, and feel the urge to write about / reflect on some things that have happened, because I don’t want to forget this special time of growth & appreciation. I’m including a lot of pictures & links to make it seem(?) less verbose. April-July I’m grouping this four months together because that was […]

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Because PEOPLE. Because PASSION.

May 22, 2013


For the last 12.5 years (start date: October 9, 2000), I’ve worked at a wonderful marketing firm, with great benefits & freedom. I’ve gotten to work on projects that have provided great learning opportunities & challenges, and been shielded from things I opted to avoid in favor of learning more code. I’ve had countless opportunities […]

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List<ExpandoObject> to Excel Export

February 4, 2013


I’m writing this to share a quick solution I implemented to solve a need on a small project. It works, but feels dirty. If you have a cleaner reco, PLEASE let me know. Handler: (My apologies for screenshots. Git Gists were not keeping the formatting when I selected c#)   Extension Method: HEADS UP This […]

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What’s Bothering Me About This Birthday

November 12, 2012


Skip to post-birthday update As the eve of this major birthday approaches, I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately I’ve been having a hard time pinpointing what is bothering me so much about it. Yes, everyone knows how disturbing it is in our society for a woman to turn 40. Fortunately I was never […]

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Entity Framework Circular References

September 10, 2012


One of the first issues I encountered returning serialized, nested (“deep”) entities using EF5 with the (MVC4) ASP.NET Web Api was the “Self Referencing loop” exception* For any property you don’t want exposed, make the Getter: Internal & Setter: Public. Doing this on the navigation properties that reference the parent that reference it will prevent […]

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ASP.NET Web API: Always Set Content-Type

September 5, 2012


I lost a few hours on my project one night last week because of this. Backstory I have been really enjoying my latest project using Asp.NET Web API & EF5. Although I’ve had a bit of a (mostly EF) learning curve, it’s gone swimmingly, and I’ve been blown away at the parsing magic performed by […]

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Git as an Environment Discovery Tool

August 24, 2012


I love discovering existing tools that can be used in new ways. This way to use git in a way I had not heard of is so badass (and by badass, I mean it’s going to save me an insane amount of time) that I have to shout it from the rooftops. Background I work for a marketing firm with many clients. […]

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ThatConference 2012

August 17, 2012


Developer Parent As a working parent of two young children, it is not easy for me to attend conferences. Thankfully, I have an unbelievably supportive spouse, without which (as you know if you have kids & have voluntarily attended an OOT dev conf), the thought of attending a conference would not even be on the […]

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Technology in Elementary School

February 28, 2012


From 6:30 to 8pm this evening, my daughters’ elementary school held their 1st annual Technology Night: Experience how we use technology in the classrooms. This is a hands on activity for the parents and students. Please come and visit classrooms at each grade level where you can see various methods of technology use. This thing […]

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Programming & Barriers to Entry: More Thoughts

February 1, 2012


I’ve never seen a turnout at Dallas Hack Club like this past Tuesday night. What an awesome & diverse group of developers. Pairing languages included Ruby & C#, and even an F# & a (first time at Hack club) SmallTalk pairing. As fascinating as Hack Club Meetings always are, the different languages made the demos […]

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