D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

December 2005 Entries

Tis the Season to Get Up Early and go to Best Buy!

Christmas Day came and went. It was a good day filled with turkey dinner, time with my folks, and of course football. But the real fun came early Monday monring. In Canada, the day after Christmas is a holiday called Boxing Day (very similar to teh holiday Americans get right after Thanksgiving). As is tradition, people line up at crazy hours in front fo their favorite stores in hopes of getting some sort of deal. Every year, me, my cousin, and any friends brave enough to come with, get together ......

Tis the season to get up really early and go to Best Buy...

I'd love to tell you about my boxing day extraveganza, but apparantly some part of my post throws an “invalid cast exception” error?!



All I wanted for Christmas was Vick in the playoffs...

Well, world peace, children, etc. etc. as well...but instead of getting into heavy subjects about faith, loss, and hope (or lessness of said hope), let's keep it light this Christmas day and talk about what could have been. In an amazing duel the Bucs came out on top just barely against my beloved Atlanta Falcons, ending their playoff hopes. Its too bad, because with Carolina losing it would have made a great showdown next week between Atlanta and Carolina. But alas, its not meant to be. They say ......

Christmas Eve Thoughts

Once again Christmas graces us with its presence, and all the build up of decorating, baking, gift wrapping, and Christmas parties will come to an end in a flurry of bows, ripped paper, and turkey (or ham, or roast, or whatever). I was watching Jay Leno last night and they had this comedian on (can't remember his last name...Gary from Last Comic Standing if you watched the show). He's Jewish, and he had some funny Christmas jokes, one of them being: “Christmas...I understand that there was ......

D&D and MLWTTKK

Apparantly if this developer thing doesn't work out, I have a great career as a Bard or a Paladin. Back when I was in my youth, I listened to a range of different music. One band that I casually got into was My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult. Daisy Chain for Satan was a regular in my walkman, as well as other songs from Confessions of a Knife. But over the years my musical tastes changed, my theology changed, and my life no longer had a place for the TKK. Recently though, overcome with nostalgia, ......

Importance of Architecture and Code Review

One thing we're trying to do more at work is regular architecture and code reviews at every stage of a project. I worked on a project recently where we didn't do that, and we ran into huge issues; mainly in the are of communication and expectation. The important thing with a review is that you don't just get one other person to review it; you need a team. We get all our guys (or as many as can make it) together at the office and review the architecture of the application and also request coding reviews ......

Highlighting Data Grid Row (con't)

I like Greg's solution, but I don't think that one is necessarily better than the other. A given situation, I would think, would determine which one would be better to implement. First off, I totally agree with Greg in that color values should be within a style sheet. The colors I included were more for example, but hard coding them in the code behind isn't the best approach. Greg mentions in one of his feedback posts that doing it that way would require a recompile, which is true. It should be noted ......

Google Launches Video Beta

This is pretty kewl. Google has launched a new video service that lets you search for videos online! It defaults to showing most popular ones, random, or you can enter text to search. Very kewl. A search of “Microsoft” came up with this oldie but a goodie: Developers! “Developers, Developers, Developers...You tell 'em Steve, you tell the WORLD!” ;) D ......

Highlight Datagrid Rows on Mouse Over in ASP.NET

This is a little tip that can add some ooo and aaah's to your client's reaction when showing off your web skillz. To make it so that your datagrid rows (in asp.net 1.1 or 2.0) change color on mouse over (and back on mouse out), simply: Protected Sub DataGrid_ItemCreated(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Web.UI.WebControls.D... Handles DataGrid.ItemCreated e.Item.Attributes.Add("OnMo... "this.style.backgroundColor = 'lightblue';") e.Item.Attributes.Add("OnMo... ......

Show your Web Site's Solution File

This is a small, small tip...but its another tip nonetheless. When you create a new website in VS.NET 2005, you may notice that there's no solution file. This can make things a little frustrating when trying to use VSS. To un-hide the solution file, from within VS.NET 2005 go to tools > options, and then select Projects and Solutions (the General tab should show by default). Now, look down that list of checkboxes and you'll see “Always show solution”. That's it. Other useful options:“Show ......

Java: created to make VB with semicolons 1.0...C# version 2.0

Rocky Lhotka has an awesome blog entry talking about yet another discussion about VB vs C#. It's actually a pretty funny read, and he ends off bringing us all together as one big Microsoft coding family (although the C# programmers are still the black sheep).
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Blog entry picked up, Winnipeg Launch Event, and Aerosmith

Apparantly ComputerWorld.com has selected my recent blog entry about Gartner's BlackBerry recommendation for one of their IT Blog Watch articles (check the article out here). The compiler of the blog posts made the comment “What about Palm Treos”. The answer, of course, is: Palm Treos will now support Windows Mobile, which in turn will support .NET and the compact framework. I don't think the palm platform is powerful enough to handle the types of applications that the CF and .NET can ......

Microsoft Launch Day is Here!

Getting ready to head out and enjoy today's launch event for VS.NET, SQL, and BizTalk here in Winniepg. Well, there's actually no BizTalk (not enough time in Tier 2 cities). Myself and my user group peeps are heading in early to set up our booth. Got some great posters and handouts done up. Also, as I'm sure you all know, whoever gets to these things early feasts on the GOOD pastries and fresh coffee, not the picked over crap left over (oh joy, BRAN muffins). I'll post some pics tomorrow of the event...and ......

Microsoft better strike while the iron is hot!

Sometimes opportunity falls in your lap. Of course, opportunity without action results in nothing. Recently the Gartner group issued a statement urging companies NOT to use BlackBerry devices for mission critical communication projects pending the result of a patent lawsuit before the courts. (read the article here). Now, yes Google is the primary target, but DING DING DING! I think that's opportunity knocking at the door! There is now going to be companies asking what alternatives there are to BlackBerry ......

Sometimes the best features are the simplest

I've been working on an ASP.NET 2.0 project for a bit, and there's alot to love about the new framework and visual studio. One small addition is actually a great timesaver: the OnClientClick property. Before, if you wanted a button in a grid to display a confirm delete message, you'd need to either loop through the rows and modify the control, or write code in the item databound event, etc. It just sucked that you needed to seperate it out into the code behind instead of just using the designer to ......

All I want is to set the text of a button...

I have an Infragistics UltraWinGrid. I have an unbound column I've set up to display the button. The button shows up at run time, and responds to the events I have hooked up. Happiness. Now, all I want to do is CHANGE THE TEXT ON THE BUTTON. I was hoping there would be a 'text' property in the CellButtonAppearance set, but no luck. Does anyone know how to do this?! /me glances over in the direction of Devin. ;) D ......

How ITunes Saved (my wife's) Christmas (party)

So my wife gets a call about a half hour before heading out to a Sunday school teacher's shindig from one of the ladies, asking if she could bring a Christmas CD for the gettogether. Of course, she said. We have Christmas CD's. Or so we thought... As we scoured the house looking for any site of a Christian Christmas CD, we started to realize as the clock ticked away that maybe we didn't have Christmas CD's (or at least we didn't know where they were). Then an idea hit me: why don't we just buy an ......

How to kill a great gaming license

Back in high school, while many were playing Dungeons and Dragons, I was playing a series of games put out by Palladium Books . I spent much time with friends plaing TMNT and Robotech. But the most beloved RPG from Palladium was RIfts. Rifts melded technology and modern weapons with magic and the arcane, all dumped into a future post-apocalyptic setting. There was a big war, all the nukes exploding caused lines of magic called ley-lines to surface which opened doors to other dimensions, which were ......