Archives / 2003 / August
  • Splitting DotNetRocks MP3 files

    If you too like to listen to DNR in MP3 format but would like the files split into smaller files, this may help you. My car cd player can play MP3's, but if I switch CD's (or even tracks) part way through, I have to hold down the fast forward button for 10 minutes to get back to where I was at. I had a cool freeware program that did it, but when DNR switched to VBR format the freeware program choked. Here's the solution I found:

  • It all comes down to the motivation

    One of the things that irritates me is the fact that most universities teach software engineering the DOD-way...

    Wow. I've been thinking about this post since I read it a few days ago. I work for a big financial company, and I deal with this constantly - every spec, no matter how simple the subject matter, is ridiculed and written off if it's under 100 pages... but no one really reads it. Business Analysts with no real understanding of the data or systems hash how things will work before they get the technical folks involved, only to find out that they've specified an impossible solution. Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but it's definitely not the most efficient environment for building high quality software...

  • Scheduling a WebService

    How to schedule a webservice method call (using MS Task Scheduler)? The only way I could find was to create a VBS file that calls the WS, and schedule that:

  • XML - InsertSingleNode?

    It's easy to get data out from an XML doc given a path (doc.SelectSingleNode(@"/customer/address/zip"), but what about building an XML doc bit by bit? What about InsertSingleNode? There are plenty of times where programatically building an XML doc at the object level doesn't make sense or isn't possible, and plenty of cases where there isn't an object to be serialized (say, on projects I'm stepping into late in the game, or where the XML document format is dynamic).