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Posted On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 12:38 PM

Refactoring Sickness
I knew that I had a penchant for making nasty code better, but I did not realize how far my sickness had progressed. I spent the last couple of days taking a copy/paste VB6.NET (no that is not a missprint) website apart with a scalpel provided by the free DevExpress Refactor! and paid JetBrains R#. I like the usefulness of both tools. R# does not seem to suffer from the same memory problems as Refactor! more than likely because it creates temp files in the project directory. I wonder if there is ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:41 PM

Simple Things in Your IT Career
I had a really good boss once that took the time to make me better than he found me. I am not sure what he initially saw in me because I was always a strong-willed-arrogant-stab... kind of person. I very easily alienated others and hit bricks walls without knowing they were there... I knew what needed to happen, but always seemed to find the wrong way to go about it. At any rate over the course of several years he mentored me to the point ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:45 PM

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

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

What happened to my pretty optimized code?
Here is a great tool that changed the way I thought about .NET development... wait for it... Lutz Roeder's Reflector (link). Which uh apparently is now owned by redgate software, makers of SQL Refactor (very nice tool). All right how many people 'know' their language well enough to debate the merits whether it is VB.NET or C#? Are you thinking the differences between the 2 are too great to start a gentlemens discussion? Or simply feel your blood boil? Either way, I am not concerned about pluses and ......

Posted On Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:14 PM

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