Speeding up my unit tests

Published on Apr 28, 2014 by Jamie Munro

I hope this isnít too extremely obvious, but I found that I had to take a step back and re-examine my unit tests to find this simple improvement to speed up my unit tests.

When I wrote about how Iím hooked on test-driven development (TDD), the example in that post was too simple and time savings are not noticed.† However, letís dive in to something a little deeper where we have a full class to test oppose to a single internal function.

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Tags: ASP.NET | Theory | fizzbuzz | tdd | Testing | testing

How I overcame my anxieties

Published on Oct 19, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Like millions of regular people, I have anxieties.† I have a rough time sleeping, I stress, and I get depressed.† Very typical behavior for many people.

Rather than pretending these issues were not real, I built an Android application and met them head on!† I created Behavior Therapy Tracker and through its constant use I was able to overcome many of my anxieties.

Let me explain my story and I hope it can help you as much as it has helped me.

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Tags: stress | Theory | android | Android | behavior

Three-month work-life retrospective

Published on Sep 11, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Just over three months ago, I posted a few memorable blogs (for me) in regards to a career change.† The career change has been made and I thought I would share my retrospective on how it has affected me.

Following the format of the retrospectives I have been over the past 3 months, Iíll start with a check in word:


Making the move from an 85% managerial role to a 100% development role has completely rejuvenated me.† In the past three months I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and furthered myself as a person and a developer.

Moving along to the next items:

  • What do I want to stop doing?

  • What do I want to start doing?

  • What do I want to continue doing?

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Tags: Optimization | stress | Theory | Rants | agile | scrum | retrospective

Behavior Therapy Tracker

Published on Sep 1, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Since I've become an adult, I've had stresses, anxieties, compulsive behaviors.† I've always had a hard time dealing with them.† In fact, in looking back now, it dates back to even my childhood.

I created this Android app Behavior Therapy Tracker as a tool to help me; which it has immensely.† It works by creating a list of behaviors.† This list can contain anything that you wish to track.† For example:

  • Stressed about work

  • Unable to sleep

  • Checking I turned the oven off

Along with behaviors, a list of refocusing activities are required.† When youíre practicing behavior therapy, itís important to first recognize your behavior (the list you created previously) and attempt to train your mind to ignore or avoid it.† This is often accomplished with a refocusing activity.† For example, when you are stressed, itís often a good idea to turn the negative thoughts into positive thinking.† Positive thinking is often a fantastic tool to overcome many anxieties and disorders.

After your behaviors and refocusing activities are created, you can now begin tracking your behaviors with this simple form:

For best results for tracking purposes, itís advised to attempt and enter each occurrence immediately or on the same day.† The reporting tools that have been created can hopefully help you detect patterns in your behavior, arming you with tools to help fight them in the future.

Why is this a paid application?

I've made this a paid application because I have a family to support and I invested a lot of time in creating this application.† As a sign of support in return for what will hopefully help you, Iím asking for a small payment.

Will you continue to add features?

Yes.† I already have a few ideas in mind to extend the functionality of this application.

Share your thoughts

I would be more than happy to hear your thoughts on the app.† Donít hesitate to email me at info at endyourif.com.

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Tags: stress | Theory | android | Android | behavior

Iím hooked on test-driven development (TDD)

Published on Aug 6, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Iíve only been doing TDD for a few weeks, but Iím completely sold.† I donít want to go back!† Iíll be honest though, it hasnít been easy.† Iíve made mistakes, Iíve wasted time, but Iím really starting to reap the benefits.

Iíve always thought I was a good developer.† I write decent code and it works mostly as expected.† It took me many years into my career before I wrote my first unit test.† It always fell into the category of too time consuming or expensive.† Oh the irony!

As I started learning how to write to unit tests, I always found myself rewriting things I already did just to get them to be unit tested; how frustrating!† A unit test that should have only took a few minutes, ended up taking a really long time because the code had to be refactored just to be tested.† No better way to turn you off from unit testing.

Enter test-driven developmentÖ

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Tags: Optimization | ASP.NET | Theory | fizzbuzz | tdd | test-driven development

Finding That Inner Calm

Published on Jun 18, 2013 by Jamie Munro

If You Don't Start You Won't Finish

Published on Jun 13, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Developers are Authors

Published on Jun 6, 2013 by Jamie Munro

My Epic Farewell Poem

Published on May 30, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Slowing Down Before You Speed Up

Published on May 29, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Should I Leave My Job?

Published on May 24, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Why the Repository Pattern

Published on May 20, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Simple Things Make Me Happy

Published on May 14, 2013 by Jamie Munro

Compelling Interview Questions

Published on Apr 25, 2013 by Jamie Munro

2012 Year in Review

Published on Dec 21, 2012 by Jamie Munro

Google Event Tracking

Published on Oct 5, 2012 by Jamie Munro

Mysql Uptime Check Script

Published on Oct 1, 2012 by Jamie Munro

Upgrading my Blog - The Final Saga!

Published on Sep 24, 2012 by Jamie Munro

A Short Rant About Coding Conventions

Published on Sep 13, 2012 by Jamie Munro

What I Learned This Summer

Published on Sep 7, 2012 by Jamie Munro

It's LEMP not LAMP!

Published on Sep 6, 2012 by Jamie Munro

Amazon EC2 Shoutout!

Published on Sep 5, 2012 by Jamie Munro

2011: Year in Review

Published on Jan 2, 2012 by Jamie Munro

IBM's Watson On Jeopardy!

Published on Feb 16, 2011 by Jamie Munro

Publishing an e-book on Smashwords

Published on Feb 7, 2011 by Jamie Munro

Someone at work tick you off?

Published on Jul 28, 2009 by Jamie Munro

A friendly framework reminder

Published on Apr 1, 2009 by Jamie Munro

Web Developers are Warriors

Published on Mar 30, 2009 by Jamie Munro

How attentive are you?

Published on Mar 25, 2009 by Jamie Munro

How to deal with stress at work

Published on Mar 17, 2009 by Jamie Munro

Underscores and Internet Explorer Fun

Published on Mar 13, 2009 by Jamie Munro

Why You Should Always Backup

Published on Feb 22, 2009 by Jamie Munro

Why Frameworks Are Better

Published on Feb 17, 2009 by Jamie Munro

Why Is Internet Explorer Better?

Published on Feb 15, 2009 by Jamie Munro