I was recently asked an interesting question:
"Are there any blog posts you wrote that you no longer agree with?"
Yes there are. As I have grown as a developer there are many patterns and practices that I have changed my opinions about. Also, many of my posts are related to specific technologies that have grown, changed, or become deprecated over time.
Here is a small list of posts on my blog that I now consider to be obsolete.
- Common.Logging.NLog40 - This is a very recent blog post, but the fact is that the more I work with Common.Logging the more that I absolutely despise their version specific packages.
- Serializable PagedList for .NET - This original implementation was too complicated, so I wrote another one.
- Compile TypeScript On Request with BundleTransformer - Just precompile your resources, perhaps with a build step; this solution is not worth the complexity.
- Bootstrap 3, LESS, Bundling, and ASP.NET MVC - Same comment as above.
- Sharing Generic Configuration Across Projects - In principal I still absolutely love this concept, but I now advocate for an even simpler approach: just register inject POCO entities for configuration.
- Unshelve to a Different Branch in TFS - It is about to be 2016, why would you still use TFS when there is Git? Got git it right now!
- Lazy Unity Injection - This is now supported by default by Unity. That's right, this blog post was ahead of it's time! :)
- Injectable Dataflow Blocks - This was just not a great approach to this problem, I would now recommend composition over inheritance.
- Throttling Datafow and the Task Parallel Library - A coworker showed me that a better way to throttle your Dataflow blocks, but I can't recall the details...maybe that would be a good blog post.
- Automated Testing w/ Selenium! - Oh no, my first blog post of all time is obsolete! If you find this one you should really be using Selenium 2 (WebDriver) instead.
Going back through these posts to write this post has made me notice a common theme as I grow: I continue to advocate simpler solutions to problems. I like that trend, and I can't wait to see what I am writing about in another 7 years.
Live and learn,