My Visual Studio Achievements
For the unfamiliar, achievements in video games are normally awarded to players after specific in-game milestones (like the Trusty Hardware achievement in Half-Life 2, awarded after the protagonist acquires the crowbar melee weapon), or for accomplishing something worthy of note (like the Zerglot achievement in Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, awarded after a Zerg player succeeds in warping in a Zealot — normally a Protoss unit — during a standard online league game).
Having a ready list of “Visual Studio achievements”, I just had to scan it and pick out the achievements that I would have earned during my professional career as a programmer. So, here they are:
- Job Security – written a LINQ query with at least 30 lines of code.
- The Sword Fighter – five consecutive solution rebuilds without a single code change. (I must admit, sometimes I’m just paranoid.)
- Spaghetti Monster – written a single line of code with over 300 characters. (I’m not proud of this, but yeah, now I break on commas when I can, and chain dot-notation when possible.)
- The Portal – created a circular project dependency.
- The Multitasker – have at least 50 source files open at any one time.
- Highway to Hell – successfully created a WCF service.
- The Explainer – written a comment with more than 100 words.
- Rage Quit – pressed ALT-F4 after a failed bug fix.
- The Architect – created 25 interfaces in a single project. (I normally did this in the past on my data layers — my interfaces were normally entity behaviors, like IsSoftDeletable or IsArchiveable.)
- The Right Way – created a (unit) test method that is longer than the actual method being tested.
- The Defender – checked every argument for null exceptions. (Had to do this once, passing in arguments into an Oracle stored procedure.)
- Warm Bath – successfully consumed a non-.NET web service.
- The Cloner – copy-pasted at least 50 lines of code. (Doesn’t matter from where to where, right?)
- Paying the Bills – imported a Visual Basic project.
- First Hit – imported a CodeProject.com library into your project, and it actually compiled.
Looking back, most of those achievements strongly highlighted bad coding practice. I’d like to think that I’m a waaaaaaaaaaay better coder now than, what, four or five years ago.
And as a parting note, I really should obtain this achievement:
- Steam Powered – added Visual Studio as a Steam game.