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There's no comments because the code is complicated to write therefore it should be complicated to read!
Its been brought to my attention...

I haven't posted in awhile.  Thank you Geoff Preisman. 

Getting the engine started on the next donation processing system (.Net) here at ARC.

Can't wait!



Regarding my "Seriously Funny" post of a day ago...

Of course I know that this is a plausible check phone numbers and that the tester was doing his job.  I thought that the funny part is that someone who donates to the Red Cross would have a personal phone number of 1-800-CALL-ATT.

Developers are tough...

Today's work was laying the ground work for a payment processing system with .Net.  Oh Yeah...and explaining to various people how usesless the expiration date on a credit card transaction really is.  Fun stuff.

I need to write more code.


Seriously...The funnies thing I have ever heard a tester say...VERY TRUE STORY

I had to post this as it actually happened to me today...

We have an application that accepts contact information for individuals.  During testing the Tester entered a bug in the tracking system that said (and I quote) the "The Phone Number field has a bug that does not allow it to accept alphanumeric characters". 

During the follow up meeting, sort of perplexed as to why this is a bug, I asked the Tester to explain what he was thinking.  He said, (and I quote) "It should accept alphanumeric values in case someone wants to add a phone number like 1-800-CALL-ATT".

I almost fell out of my chair.

Does anyone else find this as funny as I did?


On Second Thought..."Selling" .Net

After discussions with management and fellow developers, I can't really get into specifics of anything "Red Cross" for various reasons.  That being said, I will definitely be posting my experiences developing an enterprise application using .Net.

Now that's out of the way...

I don't know what its like for your teams, but getting a team "Up to Speed" on .Net is a pretty big challenge.  You have to motivate and empower the developers to take time to learn.  This is very tough.  Not everyone is willing to go the extremes that most of the people reading this blog are willing to go.

Here's what I have noticed as a major issue:

Management:  "We will do this project in .Net"

Development:  "Great!  We will learn .Net"

Project Managers:  "We have a tight schedule for this project"

Developers:  "We NEED to learn .Net (but not on our own time)."

Management:  "Get it done on time."

Project Managers:  "The schedule cannot slip"

Developers:  "We will do .Net development, but the same 'ole way we designed our other apps (since we don't have time to learn)"

Shaking this habit is going to be hard to do....



Red Cross and .Net

Thanks to everyone who is getting me started on this medium.  I think that it will be very cool to share what's going on in the D.C. world.

I'm just getting ready to kick off the new Online Donation Site project for Red Cross.  This will include a new front end for the site ( and a new middle-tier processing system for financial transactions (also .Net).

I've been working hard to get Microsoft involved with this project and the Red Cross.  It will be fun to post the musings and discoveries of this project as it unfolds.

Wish me luck...

Here it goes...

Here it first entry into my new blog.  I recently learned while at TechEd with all my Ineta buddies that you have to have a blog in order to complete the networking loop.  I have always known that they existed but had no idea how much people actually read them..

Well I am going to do my best to give justice to this new sounding board for me, Caparea.Net, Ineta and all things .Net.  I may even through out some Red Cross news and notes.

Wish me luck.


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