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This. This is why we have standards.
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There are few, extremely rare instances where a goto makes sense. And all of them are when programming in a low resource environment within tight time constraints.
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Just starting off with F# and Mono? Maybe you have you first AWS instance and want to know what to do with it?

Here's a short sample F# script for submitting an html form to your server. A lot is left out -- how to write an HTML form, TDD, security, and that's just the beginning! But this will show you how in a Ubuntu/Apache environment, you can run a .NET console app to receive form data, including uploading files.

You should know F#, or this won't make much sense.

If you like this, please share it.

https://github.com/DanielBMarkham/FinalDraftProReader/blob/master/ScriptWeaselUploader/Program.fs
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The one thing that I use LEGO Serious Play for, more often than anything else, is team retrospectives. This is a really powerful technique for getting people to think about how to improve what they're doing.

+Ellen Grove​ and I have proposed a session at Agile Games to teach people how to to a retro using this technique. You won't need any formal training in Serious Play to run this retro - you'll just need to follow the steps we lay out.

If this sounds interesting then vote for our session :-)

https://confengine.com/agile-games-2016/proposal/2101/putting-the-moose-on-the-table-make-your-retrospectives-more-effective-using-lego-serious-play-techniques
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Daughter Katrina has been making videos every week. It's been a hoot watching her improve her skills over time.

This past week I got to help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaAMklLQjzE
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Office Christmas party last night. It's easy to have an office Christmas party when you work by yourself.

I'm telling you, some of these guys are a bit on the odd side, but overall they seem like good folks.
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I've long thought that fulfillment centers and distribution centers are some of the true wonders of the modern era -- our version of the pyramids. When you think of what goes on in one -- the tens of thousands of different goals all being reached simultaneously by hundreds of workers? Amazing stuff.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2015-11-26/inside-amazon-s-giant-warehouse-that-makes-black-friday-palatable
Retailers know that taking orders they can’t deliver hurts their reputations, especially when Amazon.com—which now offers a one-hour delivery service to some Prime customers in the U.K.—is raising expectations ever higher. With more than 7,000 deals planned for this Black Friday, the e-tailing giant said the event may well be its biggest U.K. shopping day ever. Shoppers seem keen, too; researcher ICM Unlimited found 75 percent of British Black Fr...
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You should also probably read about the human aspect of this efficiency and measuring everything. We're trying to turn humans into machines, and it sure doesn't sound right to me.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/mac-mcclelland-free-online-shipping-warehouses-labor
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Sometimes I hang out with process wonks -- folks that like studying and talking about how people organize themselves into systems.

Yesterday, on Facebook, a friend was pointing out that a company was modeled after the Mondragon cooperatives, whatever the heck that means.

Made me think of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOTKA0aGI0
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Beat me too it +Daniel Markham
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I don't do politics, but I have nowhere else to post this. Apologies.


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Good example on how they age while being President
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Family game night. Dr. Who Monopoly.

I lost.


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Got my butt kicked. Kid did well.

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Wow! End of 2015 already? I just got started!

I'm sitting here at my desk on the last day of 2015, drinking a cup of Golden Monkey tea, and thinking about all the stuff I should be doing: resetting my Chrome startup tabs, planning my work for the next month, learning some more stuff on my blinky-light machine, editing some manuscripts, working on updating that code for one of my apps...

Dang, that's a lot of work! Think I'll get another cup of tea and surf cat pictures some more <g>
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Happy New Year to you.
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My daughter put her mom and I on a home game show. This is what happened.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Gkl0pjQvs
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It was rigged! The game was rigged.
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I'm still a fan of reading developers rant about Agile/XP things they hate. I think it tells us a lot about what people misunderstand and how we apply things incorrectly.

Here's a guy going on about TDD.

http://geometrian.com/programming/tutorials/testing/test-first.php
Ian Mallett - Tutorials: Don't Write Test Cases Page
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I found myself sympathising with his position. I am not sure that TDD creates better, simpler design or code which is easier to maintain or some of its other claims like better APIs. But TDD results in more tests and so, one hopes fewer defects.
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Hey there. I'm Daniel Markham. You might know me from my blog, What To Fix. Or you might have seen me on Hacker News.I big into Agile and making teams look more like Google and less like the IRS. I founded Tiny Giant Books, the best place on the internet for Agile help. You might not know that I run a couple of other small sites, like one for Paycheck Stub Trivia and one to help folks with Neuropathy in Feet.

I'm always interested in hearing stories about small teams and startups, and I love reading a good author. I like long walks in the park, a warm sunset after a long day's work, and 

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