German and .NET System.Globalization.CultureInfo – string sorting, it is obvious, now

Sometimes when programming, you have to check your sanity by writing a small test application to confirm what you think should be expected ...Read more

Oracle Recursive With With Currywürste

At the age of 53 I have discovered the currywurst, a most delicious fast food found all over Germany. This food needs to be commercially ...Read more

German Verb Conjugation

I am lead to believe that the key to learning a new language, once you have the foundations, is to find a topic that you ...Read more

BDD with Cucumber, and some word-play

During a recent technical interview, I was asked to write: a snippet of code to test whether a string was a palindrome the ...Read more

In New Zealand, it’s a quarter to two too

There is a 12 hour difference between New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Bar daylight saving, this is mighty convenient as ...Read more

Oracle database version 13ß anyone?

I have been working with Oracle since version 8i, version 8.1.6 to be exact. Version 8.1.7 was the version number that finally worked. ...Read more

Der Hund beißt den Mann

Embedded deep in the psyche of kiwis my vintage is a fear two things: a) the 'Murder House', a place where en-masse dental nurses filled more than ...Read more