Give Zsh a Chance

I’ve been hearing a bit of buzz around zsh as a “better bash” for quite a few years now, and finally decided to give it a go as my shell.

It certainly seems fine so far, but doesn’t feel like the quantum leap from dark ages to rennaissance that the hype would suggest.

In this post I’ll talk about why people are going on about it, and how to set it up.

Nullable Bool and Radiobuttons in ASP.NET MVC

It’s quite common to have Yes/No answers in a form. What’s the best way to represent these? Well, a binary answer like that maps best to a boolean, right? True, but what about null?

There’s two possible ways in which we might use a null. It could represent a N/A or Don’t Care response to the question. I don’t think this is a valid use of null however. Null should mean there is literally no value for this yet. So if we view this field in the DB, and we see a null, we can take it to read ‘this has not been answered’.

So if we want a N/A option, I don’t think we should be using a bool. We should have an enumerated type of some kind at this point.

OK so what input element do we use? Maybe a checkbox. Well, this only gives us two possible scenarios – checked and unchecked. And we have no way of differentiating between unchecked and null. If the checkbox is unchecked, is that because the user wants to select false, or is it because they simply haven’t answered this question yet?

So we can use radio buttons. One radio for yes, one for no. And if the user hasn’t answered the question yet, then neither yes or no is checked. we have a nullable bool? Because the response to something may currently be unanswered. We can’t assume that because it is null that that means true or false.

One possible option is to have 3 radio options – one meaning yes, one meaning no, and one meaning something like N/A or Don’t Care.

It might work in some cases (what cases?), but in our case, N/A or Don’t Care is not a valid answer. Null means this question has not yet been answered.

Does null mean a 3rd option, such as N/A? No, it means unanswered. So we don’t want a 3rd option.

What we want is Yes and No radio buttons, and then for neither of them to be selected if the user has currently not answered.

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What Is YAML?

YAML Ain’t Markup Language. Formely Yet Another Markup Language.

YAML is a nice terse format for data description. It could be used nicely for configuration files. It supports hierarchical data pretty nicely.

Branching Strategies With TFS

What kind of branching strategies are we looking at?

We want something for when we do a release. Having a branch for a release seems like a no-brainer. We’ve got a snapshot of all the code and its dependencies at the time of release. So we can roll back to it for that given moment. Let’s call these RELEASE BRANCHES.

And also something so that we’re not tripping over each others’ code. Let’s call these FEATURE BRANCHES.