April 2003 - Posts
I lost ANOTHER one of my best posts to the BlogAdmin tool. <sigh> Will SOMEONE PLEASE help me get a good WinForms tool set up so that I can blog without losing my posts?
It's enough to make me want to cry. It was a really long post.
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Aww come on. You couldn't expect me to keep quiet about it forever. No matter your views, you gotta admit this guy's the best commedian since..... well... ever.
Chad Osgood continued a long-running discussion about programmers. Here are my 2 cents.
I agree 100%. As a tool developer, I try to fight overempowering those that shouldn't be, as much as possible. Most developers still use their poor ASP coding techniques in .NET. I've seen it too many times.
Did someone really ask you if VB.NET supports the DataSet? Man, that's really sad.
I use VS.NET, I won't deny it. VS.NET is an outstanding tool. I don't let it write code for me. Correction. I do let it change properties for me. I let it help me manage remote sites. I use IntelliSense when I come across something I haven't done before. You will NEVER catch me dragging and dropping a table from the server explorer onto the designer.
I enjoyed the commentary about Lazy Programmers. Laziness created and empowers the entire computing industry. If Ingenuity is the mother of all invention, then Lazieness sure is the underachieving father. What you still have to deal with, however, is Man's tendancy towards sloth. The pursuit of the status quo is engrained in the minds or people beginning in elementary school. It's the grand pursuit of the "average". It affects more than just programmers, and won't go away any time soon.
I just came across an article
about how Microsoft.com was running Windows Server 2003 back in July 2002. I think it's really cool to see how MS does this stuff. I think they're still lacking in the Server OS Best Practices arena, but that's ok. They're getting better, and that's all I ask. :) .
I wanted to make you guys aware of a solution for the incompatibility between the .NET Speech SDK Beta 2 and .NET Framework 1.1. I'm kinda proud of this fix, because I worked with the .NET Speech team to help them develop it. It sure made my life easier. I'll tell you what, MS has the nicest tech support / development people on earth, I don't care what anyone else says. I've also made it available to my list of rapidly-growing .NET resource list.
Speaking of resources, my newest article for Builder.com on the Windows Server 2003 "Platform Wave" will be hitting the web on May 5th. After that, I have a really great article on DAL programming goes live on May 12th. After that, I start a series of articles on extending the standard ASP.NET server controls, including a really cool feature I've been working on for a while now but can't talk about just yet.
In other news, I'm thoroughly enjoying my 21st birthday today. It's also my "golden birthday", which I'm told means your age is the same as the day. Interesting. Well, back to work for me. More from the .NET world tomorrow.
I just got work that a company called ScanSoft (makers of Dragon NaturallySpeaking) are working on a plugin to Office 2003 to convert PDF files into editable documents. You can sign up for the plugin Beta at ScanSoft
. Hook me up! WOO HOO!
You know, I have this serious problem. I'm sure most developers feel the same way. let me elaborate.
I just came across Microsoft's Developer Network for Smart Devices. There is so much infromation here my head is spinning. When do I have time to ever write code? There is so much that I'm dying to learn about. <mutters under breath>. I can't wait until I have more free time. ARRGH.
There needs to be some kind of internet lingo to express extreme frustration. I cannot adequately express it in words.
I'm testing my new fitaly keyboard. It's pretty cool. I'm not typing faster just yet but I'm getting used to it. It really well thought out layout. I'm going to try to work on a whole article for builder.com using it. I haven't decided if I like this better than MS Transcriber or not. We'll see. You should check it out at http://www.fitaly.com. This took 4 minutes and 12 seconds to write.
I found a very interesting article
on the .NET Framework from Yale. Good read.
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