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Caffeinated Coder A Grande, Triple Shot, Non-Fat Core Dump by Russell Ball
Welcome to the 2nd installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards. As I mentioned in the first installment, the lucky winners will receive a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage of their choice if we should ever meet. Of course, when when I first made the offer I assumed this was mostly an empty threat, however it looks like this opportunity could present itself next month for at least five of the winners since Ayende Rahien, Justice Gray, Scott Bellware, David Laribee, and Jeremy Miller are all on the Alt.NET conference attendee list. I guess I better start saving my money.
Without further ado this month's winners are...
1.     For Best Tough Love Code Review ... Ayende Rahien for his post on How to test for SQL Injections. I personally prefer the more immediate feedback of electric shock over dropping the project database, but I'm old school like that. 
2.     For Best Explanation of Why My Blog Sucks... Jeff Atwood for his post Thirteen Blog Clichés. Notice that I've carefully refactored this month's list into groupings of nine and one instead of ten, thus finding what I believe to be a loophole in cliché number twelve. I've also restrained myself from arbitrarily inserting any random pictures in this post to avoid cliché number two.
3.     For Most Obsequious Post...Scott Bellware for his post on One Less Stupid, Piece of Microsoft Usability Negligence Crap in My Life. I wish Scott would quit trying to suck up to Bill and just tell us what he really thinks for once.
4.     For Fastest Way to Give Your Computer A Stomach Ache...Scott Hanselman's for his post on the 2007 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows. You just can't be an alpha-geek without a massive repertoire of slick utilities and you will feel like a kid in a candy store when you go through this list. Unfortunately, your computer will start to act like a kid in a candy store who ate several aisles worth of candy if you are foolish enough to install all 546,543 utilities at once.  
5.     For Best Explanation of Why You Will Regret Installing 546,543 Utilities at Once...Jeff Atwood's post on Was The Windows Registry A Good Idea?. I'm sure you can guess the answer, but I won't spoil it for you in case you haven't spent much time wallowing in "dll hell" during the heady days of COM or haven't had the joy of trying to manually remove an NT service after a failed uninstall.
6.     For Most Sales Generated for a Non-Existent Book... D'Arcy Lussier for his post on If Book Publishers Were Smart 2... Hoards of male programmers picketed Amazon in protest when they discovered the devastating news that The Gentle Art of Pair Programming by Wendy Friedlander did not really exist.
7.     For Best Technical Investigative Reporting...Eric Sink for his post on What Microsoft Doesn't Want You to Know about WPF. Apparently Eric has managed to create a horrible looking WPF application that makes little children wake up screaming in the middle of the night. Being one of the countless artistically challenged developers myself, I whole-heartedly thank Mr. Sink for warning me and preventing me from traumatizing users with a design of my own.
8.     For Best Pop Culture Reference that Reminds Me I'm Getting Old... David Laribee for his post How Many Licks?. I vividly remember watching Saturday morning cartoons and arguing with my friends about whether or not the owl in the Tootsie Pop commercial was a true empiricist and how the lollipop chocolaty center really resembled the Domain Driven Design notion of an aggregate root. It was a relief to realize that I was not the only one who had this experience.
9.     For Best Career Spoiling Idea...Jeremy Miller for his post on Call me Utopian, but I want my teams flat and my team members broad. I was solidly on my way to becoming a "For Loop specialist" and the sole person in our department who would be authorized to put the closing brace on a For Loop. Then my boss read this post and my career aspirations were crushed. Damn you Jeremy!
This last one wasn't technically written in August, but since I didn't get around to reading it until this month I am still counting it.
1.     For Best Conference Abstracts...Justice Gray for his post on What DevTeach 2007 is missing at DevTeach 2007. I personally can't decide between "Pimp Your UI with Ajax" and "Drunken Design Patterns". Rumor has it that he will throw in a free back wax and nose hair tweezing to the first 50 attendees, so it is best to go early.  
Congratulations to all the Caffeinated Codey recipients! As always, the selection process was extremely rigorous with mutliple fist fights breaking out among the judges during the deliberation process so you should definitely brag to all your friends. Keep up the good work and don't forget to claim your prize if we should ever meet (just make sure to do it during happy hour, eh?).
Posted on Sunday, September 2, 2007 12:03 AM Reviews , Caffeinated Codeys | Back to top

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cute post. i'll look forward to redeeming my award! :)
Left by Dave on Sep 03, 2007 10:32 AM

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Dave - Yes, this format is definitely silly, but is more fun to write than plain vanilla linking and it gives me a chance to tip my hat in a light-hearted way to bloggers I respect. I only recently stumbled upon your blog, but I am slowly making my way through the archives. Excellent stuff! I'm definitely looking forward to meeting you at the Alt.NET conference next month.
Left by Russell Ball on Sep 03, 2007 2:38 PM

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Buddy, the back waxing and nose tweezings are strictly a Justice-only thing, although I imagine there's probably a burgeonnig market that could serve a lot of far too hairy software developers. And probably a TV show that could be done about female software developers who are in need of the same treatments!!

I agree with you that this monthly review format rules, and not just because I've won three awards already! Keep it up!
Left by Justice~! on Sep 04, 2007 2:22 PM

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