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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

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

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

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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