Nick Hodges

Random Thoughts on the Passing Scene #63

28 Mar
  • I am going to be on the road next week.  I’ll be attending the COMMON Conference for AS400 developers, showing them all the cool stuff you can do with Delphi/400 and Delphi/400 for PHP.  Should be fun — it is being held in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is where we had a Borcon a while back.  Fun place.  I plan on entering, staying inside, and not going outside until it’s time to catch my plane.  ;-)  If you are in the area, stop by our booth and say hello.
  • Jeff Atwood has a nice post about Unicode.  Some good links there if you want to start learning about BOMs and surrogate pairs and UTF-16, etc.   One of the articles he links to is by Joel Spoelsky, which has in nice big bold type in the middle: "IT’S NOT THAT HARD." Exactly my point.  ;-)  And besides, it is clear we all should get one of those T-Shirts.
  • If you are a unit test junky — and you are, of course, aren’t you? — then you are probably using DUnit.  If so, have you checked out Joe Whites cool extension to DUnit he calls DUnitLite? It lets you write things like
    Specify.That(Add(2, 2), Should.Equal(4));
    Specify.That(Control.Caption, Should.Equal('Close').IgnoringCase);
    Specify.That(ElapsedTime, Should.Be.AtMost(500));

    into your tests — which are a little easier to understand. Very cool. Be sure to check out Joe’s Blog while you are at it.

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