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Design is about simplicity, and not for the developer
Read a good article today: Far too often, I've heard developers say, "But it's easier for me to write it this way" without ever taking into account what that does for the user. KISS (Keep it simple stupid) does NOT necessarily apply to the developer. Sometimes keeping it simple for the user means making it more difficult for the developer. Forcing the user to do something complicated is forcing the user to serve technology, and that's bad! ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:42 PM

NetTiers and WCF and object passing
We're writing an app for a client and we're using WCF and Nettiers together in the app. One of the requirements of app is very good auditing. Every time data is picked up in the system, we need to audit it and let people know what happened. We wanted this to be transparent to the users, which meant that it should probably go into the DAL somewhere. We thought about Triggers (no user information, so you'd have to pass the user to everything), and finally settled on putting it in the save, update, ......

Posted On Friday, June 8, 2007 1:52 PM

This is scary!
Check out this article on News.Com.  Big brother is watching.  The technology is cool though. :)

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 5:47 PM

Learn WPF in 5 days

Read an intersting article about WPF today.  Wish I would have seen it when I was trying to get up to speed on WPF.  Looks pretty good.

Posted On Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:57 AM

Response to Vista? That's it?
This is in response to a comment about my last post. I expected something revolutionary and significantly better than what was currently on the market. Microsoft consistently does this with other applications. Sql Server is, in my opinion, FAR superior to Oracle and MySql. .net kick’s Java’s behind. Visual Studio is so far ahead of the competition that using anything else is painful. For those of you that live and die by Eclipse, VS 2005 is clearly a superior product. The XBOX 360 is also much better ......

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 7:04 PM

ODP.NET and it's stability.
Wow, ODP.NET is not horribly stable yet. I'm having the following problems: 1. Data provider internal error(-3000) [System.String]2. Random connection dropping without reseting the Connection State Only way to deal with #2 is to dispose of the connection and try again, which seems to work most of the time. I'm connecting to a 10g running on Suse 10.1 in a virtual server, which slows disk IO, which seems to give Oracle grief. Item #1 is more fun. I've been able to track it to it saying that ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:26 AM

Windows Live Image Search

Just tried out the windows live image search.  Wow!  It's far better than google's image search.  The scratchpad is a great idea--I can't tell you how many times I've wanted something like that.

Viewing the image AND keeping your last search up is also a great feature.  If you haven't tried it, you should, its really good.

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 8:31 AM

Vista: That's it?
O.K.--so I got a shiny core duo 2 from dell the other day, and have vista loaded onto it. The performance thingy rates me as a 3.5 (because of the video card), and says I should be able to enjoy all of the snazzy new features of Vista.I start to tinker, and soon find that the Aero stuff is really only skin deep--as soon as you go into any of the dialog boxes for more advanced stuff (like the system dialog boxes, the "advanced properties" of the display, etc), you quickly find that this is just XP ......

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:20 AM

I'm sure this won't win me any friends . . .
Does open source really work? I’m skeptical. A perfect example is the open source project NDoc. I’ve seen this with more than one project. A project goes open source by a company, supposedly to accept outside contributors, but few open source projects have contributors outside of those that started the project. At best, most successful open source projects only have a handful of contributors and are dependent upon large corporations funding development work on the project. Here’s my take on why: ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:17 AM

Using Windows Live Writer
This is my first use of Windows Live Writer to post a blog. I don't know how it'll go, but I thought I'd give it a try and see if it behaves better, especially with posting code. Here's a snippet of code from a project I'm working on: /// <summary>/// Gets the default adapter./// </summary>public static Adapter DefaultAdapter{get{return (Adapter)CIConfiguration.Ad... Hmm--that didn't seem to be much different from using the web interface, other than I lost all of ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 10:02 AM

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