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Infragistics Ultrachart Newbie Insight
When using the Ultrachart I have found only through pain that I was trying to do too much too fast. Here are a few insights I have into using the Ultrachart. There are different 'levels' of usage in order of your understanding that is required. I will refer to Design-Time Creation and Run-Time Creation by my acronyms DTC and RTC respectively. Choose one method (you still pick the type of chart(s) you want). DTC Simple Chart DTC Composite Chart RTC Simple Chart DTC Composite Chart Then work your way ......

Posted On Friday, September 26, 2008 11:59 AM

Infragistics UltraChart - Runtime Errors
Wow, it has been quite a struggle getting up to speed with charting in general and Infragistics specifically. One enhancement that would be great would be to have a flag to flip on that would at runtime give you output telling you all the ways you have incorrectly setup everything. Without this link which I stumbled on even after a friend mentioned it a couple of days prior, I would not have know what was going on. Ok, I had a NumericTimeSeries setup for a Column chart (in this case I was using a ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:05 AM

Social Ramifications of Technology
Here is the thing, I sitting here on someone's backdeck talking to myself (blogging) while my wife attends a purse buying party. I am perfectly fine sitting here tapping away on my iPhone without any remorse for the lack of social commentary. Have I always been this way or has tech let me become anti-social? I think in my case it allows me to be more alone in a crowd than before because I look busy. On the other hand, I feel I have a better relationship with more distant friends or relatives due ......

Posted On Saturday, September 20, 2008 11:24 AM

Fear of Refactoring
I recently battled brittleness of a test project I created to provide some demo data and charting for a customer. I would make a change to one section and then duplicate (yes, I said it) to the other demos. This went on for a couple of days due to me justifying that it was just a demo. I finally had had enough and questioned "Why am I doing this?" only to find that I had let fear of refactoring control me. I was shamed into admitting that I fell into the same trap that I chastise others about. So ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 6:41 PM

Tinkering with the iphone
wow so this is what it feels like blogging from the iPhone. I waited and waited trying to justify the expense, but it never happened. So like any true techie I bought it. What is really annoying is I cannot seem to get google docs to create. I am not done but overall is good. Oh and something else some games do not repect SILENT. Thanks discovery tank game, the people around me liked the sound effects.

Posted On Wednesday, September 10, 2008 10:00 AM

Understanding your fellow developer
A couple of us had a discussion concerning navigating code. When I develop, I navigate by references which is probably why some feel that I lack organization in the ordering of my methods within a given class. I could be accused of being OCD on many things like lining up skittles by color and quantity (I eat them accordingly). However, I do not care in what order my methods fall nor what region. I generally do not use regions either. She on the other hand navigates by physical placement of methods ......

Posted On Sunday, September 7, 2008 9:28 AM

Adding to the Good
I tend to be a loner and blaze my own trail, ok that is not entirely true. I really, really dislike 'groupiness'. As I get older and mellow a little I realize that I actually need others to further grow as a person. This blog is a baby step towards contributing to the community at large. My goal is the 'middle way' of community involvement. I do not wish to have a cult following or anything like that, but a few people to provide feedback every now and then would be nice. I used to despise individuals ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 8:48 PM

MDX'ing up the Mountain
I have recently been given the opportunity to take a look at cubing within one of Cognos' products (not sure which one yet). To me it feels like riding a BMX up a mountain of new concepts concerning Business Intelligence (BI). I know very little about cubes except general information I have heard from others. Not for realtime reporting. One cube = specific need Modifying a cube is not simple. Requirements must be set before you start modeling. I am curious though if there are any reference information ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 3, 2008 12:23 PM

Fixing a leak with Bubblegum
Well, simple is not always the way to go. I have a water leak and we logically found were it should be, which worked out since I only had to dig a short hole. That is where the the simplicity stopped because the leak was at the point where my copper line connected to the meter which is within the concrete section indicating the utility company's location (but the utility company had already stated it was still my responsibility). We went to the local hardware store to see how much the parts would ......

Posted On Monday, September 1, 2008 1:06 PM

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