The JavaScript Event Loop – A Stack and a Queue


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The JavaScript event loop is similar to .NET garbage collection in that we don’t need to learn the details of how it works, and therefore a lot of programmers don’t bother. As long as it does what we expect it … Read more

Understanding Node.js


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I have never worked with Node.js, and prior to this week had never gotten around to exploring it at all. I have however been aware for a long time that it is something that I should know more about. Therefore, … Read more

A JavaScript Betting Calculator


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I am far from a big gambler, and am well aware of how harmful a habit gambling can be. Nevertheless last year I accepted an invitation to join a small betting syndicate by some close friends. Basically we each … Read more

From SQL to Linq


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This week I decided that I wanted to know how to write queries in Linq. I am not talking about the Linq extension methods, which I have used extensively, but the query syntax which uses keywords such as “from” … Read more

Back to Basics – Readability


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Arguably the most important skill in a programmer’s arsenal, yet possibly the one which he receives the least training in, is the ability to write readable code. This skill was barely touched on during my formal education, and I don’t … Read more

VBA and and the Power of the IDE


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Over the past few weeks I have been working on my first significant project in VBA, building a complex MS Excel application which makes use of a .NET dll for some complex maths. It has been a very interesting but … Read more

JavaScript Promises


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JavaScript Promises are a feature of ECMAScript 6 (aka ES6), the new version of JavaScript scheduled for release in the not too distant future. However, the feature has already been written, in some form, into a number of browsers including … Read more

Essentialism For Programmers


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Last night I watched a Scott Hanselman talk on productivity from 2012, for the first time. It is a very enjoyable and thought-provoking talk which I would encourage anyone to watch (not just programmers). One of … Read more

A Blog about Blogging


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Today marks exactly one year since my first post on The Proactive Programmer, so it seemed a good time to pause and reflect on what I have learnt during my first year of blogging. Relatively speaking I am really … Read more

Imperative and Declarative Programming


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Out of curiosity and a wish to refresh my memory of some things I learnt in uni, I recently started reading about imperative and declarative programming. Before long I had entered a never-ending cycle of conflicting definitions, opinions and debates. … Read more