The Lanham Factor
The (ir)rational thoughts of a (not-so)mad man

February 2008 Entries

I Remember that I Forgot Something

There is one thing I did lose when the laptop died...SQL Server databases. I didn't realize that the MDF and LDF files are not caught in the backup. I'll have to find a way to remember that I need to manually apply those. The combination of preparing for Code Camp 2008, overbooking myself with work, and the hard drive crash, I am getting less sleep than usual and, as a result, am not always thinking clearly. Why am I telling you this? Well... Regarding reinstalling software...I am having MAJOR issues ......

Rebuilding the Laptop...AGAIN!

My new (albeit refurbished I'm sure) hard drive from Dell failed on Sunday. By "new" I mean "less than six months old". By "failed" I mean...well, I don't know what I mean. It was strange. CHKDSK would find problems and fix them. I would boot normally and authenticate without a problem. However, if I tried writing to the disk (such as installing software or copying files) it would crash. How did I determine this? I thought I'd fixed it BUT I ran defrag...WOW! It was NOT HAPPY with that. Once again, ......

XSLT Anyone?

Does anyone reading this have an XSLT script that determines the number of elements in an XML file (obviously) with a certain attribute equal to a certain value? For example, suppose you have an XML file similar to the following: <root> <someElem Status="closed"/> <someElem Status="open"/> </root> I want to count the number of "closed" items, etc. I have some references and books but it's becoming a big hassle. They all seem to want to specify the query using Elements instead ......

You Certified Coder You!

Training Kit & Second Chance Vouchers I just want to say "Thank You!" again for buying my book. I don't know what "good" sales are but it seems to me that the Training Kit for Exam 70-547 is selling well. Shameless Plug - If you haven't bought the book, feel free to do so at your favorite book site, such as Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/MCPD-... Don't forget to buy a copy of the other ......

Introducing & Adopting New Technology

This entry is originally from the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group newsletter. As we discussed last month, technology is ever-changing. We talked about ways to maintain your skills and knowledge level. It is hard enough to introduce yourself to new technology. However, you’re not the only one who needs the introduction. Roanoke Code Camp 2008 is going to be here in a few weeks and you will be bombarded with all the wonderful newness to come from .NET. Now that you know about the new dewflanchy, how ......

Save Time with UI Storyboards

The old adage that 'a picture is worth a thousand words' is never truer in software development than in relation to the User Interface (UI) Storyboard. I am working on requirement modeling today and I am once again reminded of the value that simple storyboards can add to overall requirement modeling. Even though I know how to build it "the right way", I tend to model some requirements and feel that I have enough information to start designing and/or coding. I was creating a design model this morning ......