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September 2003 - Posts

.NET 2.0 sneak peek
Jesse Ezell points to a book preview that tells a lot about what's coming next for ADO.NET. The same is available for ASP.NET.
Posted: Sep 17 2003, 07:05 PM by Fabrice Marguerie | with 1 comment(s)
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Regular Expression tools

Based on Mike Gunderloy's list of Regular Expression tools, I updated my list on SharpToolbox.

The SharpToolbox now contains... 292 tools! And more are in the pipe waiting to be added...

Article 01 Informatique sur .NET

Pour nos lecteurs francophiles, un dossier spécial sur .NET dans 01 Informatique : .Net trois ans après : l'offre grossit, la demande s'amorce.

tihs is azamnig!

Funny post by Roy, just read it.

What's also interesting is that Google almost decodes this kind of sentence. Just try it (look at the Did you mean: line)!

Kill your eyes (take 2)

Remember that post with the dizzy picture? This picture happens to be the back of a book.

Well get ready to kill your eyes again. Thanks to Google, the missing picture is back, with much more! Here are more rotational illusions.

Posted: Sep 14 2003, 03:16 PM by Fabrice Marguerie | with 1 comment(s)
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Jung Typology Test
I had to give it a try. So now I know who I am :-)  

Your Type is

Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving
Strength of the preferences %
33 44 44 33

INTP type description by D.Keirsey
INTP type description by J. Butt

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

 You are:
  • moderately expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed thinking personality
  • moderately expressed perceiving personality

Of course I knew I am a moderate person :-)
Please call me Mister Architect!

Who like cube farms?

Why is the simple concept of rooms the size of a small team often neglected?
Why is everybody after cubicles or open spaces?

Having relatively small rooms (4 to 7 people) seems simple and efficient enouh for me. One size does not fit all. It depends on your business and the size of your team.

Jonathan Cogley says why he is not a fan of cubes. I would hate having to work in a cubicle for the reasons Jonathan highlights. An open space has almost as many disavantages as cubicles:

  • Of course you have no privacy at all, so you cannot feel "at home"
  • You can easily get disturbed by anyone speaking or walking or dancing or whatever the fool decides to do in the room to help you loose (lose!) your focus
  • You cannot ask help from you teamates because you have to keep quiet in order not to disturb the others
  • You feel less part of a team compared to a small room where only people focused on the same project or technology are with you. You just feel like being part of a big thing. That can be motivating, I recon. But being surrounded by highly motivated teamates is better, IMO

Of course walls everywhere is not good for productivity. But why choose the extremes?! 

Collector: an RSS Aggregator Web Service
Collector is a new addition to the ThinkTank describing a web service that would aggregate RSS feeds.
Cross Browser DHTML libraries

Paschal L points to a good ressource:

When you write websites, you are always looking at the same problems, like having your site working with different browsers.
.Net is good for the job from a server side perspective only.

I used different libraries for my client side scripts, and recently I found the solutions offered by
Cross Browser very powerful and up to date.

Cross-Browser.com features two cross-browser DHTML Javascript libraries. They support IE, Gecko (NS6, Mozilla, Phoenix, Galeon, etc.), Opera, Konqueror, NN4, and any other browsers with similar object models. The CBE library implements the DOM object tree, the DOM2 event model, and other DOM2 interfaces. The X library is a small but powerful library developed as a result of my experiences in developing CBE. Both libraries use object-detection, instead of browser-detection, as much as possible. Extensive documentation and examples are provided on this site. A free download package is available which contains the libraries, examples, and documentation. CBE and X are distributed under the terms of the LGPL. Please read the license before using either of the libraries.

Update: Jon Galloway points to DynAPI which is similar work.
Posted: Sep 08 2003, 06:11 PM by Fabrice Marguerie | with no comments
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"Previous posts" link
Why don't we have a "previous stuff" link at the bottom of weblog pages which would give access to the n previous posts?
Is this against the weblogs religion?
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