Musings of Geekdom by Eric Newton

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June 2005 Entries

The impact of Generics on my coding (and Microsoft's coding)
I wonder how long it'll take Microsoft to update the common libraries that really need Generics (SqlClient comes to mind)... If Microsoft would release those base class libraries into open source, you could have an army of people working in parallel on the issue, and the best would get included... Since .Net is basically given away free with the OS, why not throw that code right out there into the open source community? I know about Mono, and to a degree I don't really see the future of Mono ... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 6:37 PM | Comments (0) |

"The Oracle Grid" commercial. Powerful.
Or at least not lost on my understanding of grids... I assume a grid is just a cluster of servers, each one fairly independent, but replicated or actively mirrored... i guess like a cluster. Anyways, the commercial itself is powerful... i want to get an Oracle grid now... maybe then all my company's 3rd party stuff will stop reporting bizarre random errors! Darn, maybe it cant solve that, but at least now the errors will continue 24/7! 365! Sorry, got a little carried away there ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 8:28 PM | Comments (0) |

Comment on Robert's review of VP 3320

(hey Robert, the submit buttons dont seem to be posting!)

fyi, i have an ipod mini 6gb that functions as the best mp3 player + a 6GB - (whatever mp3s i have on there)GB hard drive.  Usb2.0 cable, and my laptop recognizes it as a USB Mass Storage device.  instant drive.

Although the VP does have that cool feature of pluggin in ANY laptop drive...

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 8:20 PM | Comments (2) |

For anybody thinking about log4net, here's a quick way to try it before installing it.
Been looking for a good logging framework? Check out log4net. I really like the options it gives you, especially for runtime configuration (via a config file or whatever) is very convienient. Just cause I like log4net so much, I decided to build a quick class that closely emulates the types in the log4net namespace. Here's a quick and easy way to get started using log4net now, without having to invest a lot of time learning log4net "right now." Cause if you're like me, I'm always looking for a quick ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 8:01 PM | Comments (0) |

MSDN Product Feedback Site Suggestion: make uploading images easier. Basically I proposed allowing images to be uploaded a lot easier. Since I usually try to take a screenshot of the problem, it would be nice for the community perusing the product feedback site to see this too. So lets have some votes :-) ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:50 PM | Comments (0) |

US Patents. the system is broken!
Apple's being sued over iTunes.http://www.appleinsi... Apparently the patent maker patented showing “Music/Artist/” and so forth together on the screen for the purpose of controlling a media device. Amazon patented the one-click checkout... and won an infringement case against Barnes and Nobles' online store. Microsoft almost had to pay $500 million dollars to a guy who patented “launching applications ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 5:02 PM | Comments (0) |

Add References dialog load up is SLLLLLOOOOOWWWW. VS2003 and VS2005
Ok, just happened again, and its just gotta be addressed. Opening the Add References dialog for the first time (per process basically) sucks. It can sometimes take a good 5-10 seconds. On average, its about 10 seconds on my slower laptop hard drive. If the laptop starts being used after a scan of some sort (anti-spyware, virus, whatever), theres an additional paging problem which has pushed the Dialog to a load time of 30 seconds in several instances. So, I filed a suggestion to make the Projects ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 4:29 PM | Comments (0) |

System.Collections.ObjectModel really bothers me.
The post that started it all: even posted some feedback way back when: So, the big reason for it was “VB users would see TWO collection classes.“ IMO, thats a bad reason for a complete namespace change. Doesn't the VB Environment have an Intellisense that could filter that? Doesn't it already just magically import the “Microsoft.VisualBasi... ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 12:28 PM | Comments (2) |

Visual Studio 2005 - my take
I gotta say VS 2005 is turning out to be a great product. The IDE itself is very stable, (intellisense occasionally hiccups for some reason, but I'm sure they'll figure it out.) Edit and Continue works fantastically, (in 99% of the cases)... Its only let me down when I was reloading an assembly into a sub AppDomain. I was trying to tweak it a little, within normal EnC guidelines but apparently that's beyond its ability right now... and since its such an edge case, I just deal with it. The great thing ......

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2005 4:47 PM | Comments (0) |

The Responsibility of Proper Example
I'm seeing a rise of great concepts from my fellow programmers! However, I'm also seeing a rise of those great concepts being poorly coded, and subsequently get cut-n-pasted into their projects as a base. Case in point: IBuySpy portal. Great idea. Poor implementation. ASP.Net website uses it too. Who's idea was it to use a single aspx page for the entire application, and load a user control for the page content? Did this person ever hear of Web site logging analyzers? You've essentially negated hundreds ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 1:37 PM | Comments (0) |

Good Practice for gathering statistics
Looking at the Web Views and Agg Views (in the .Text admin screen), I just realized a statistics bottleneck in .Text's database schema, and I wanted to write about it. I see the same problem a lot, and I see many developers fall into the bottleneck of row-level locking at the database on those records that need the statistical counting/summation/average/... Basically, you insert all the statistical “hits“ into a raw table, (I usually call it ActivityList, linked to the record via ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:32 AM | Comments (1) |

TechEd in orlando, who's all here?
Me being busy with a project with a business partner, I hadn't been paying any attention to TechEd, not to mention the fact that its right in my back yard! So unfortunately I'll probably miss it, the hefty price tag will be taxing to me right now, mainly due to the speculation of this current project. Oh well, hopefully more conventions will begin showing up here in Orlando again... Just wanted to see how many people are actually in “the city beautiful” (Orlando's motto, of which its ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:22 AM | Comments (1) |

My love/hate relationship with ASP.Net
I love ASP.Net. The built-in controls' viewstate tracking was such a fantastic way for the controls to “know“ what they were set to during the last postback. The validator controls with the built in Client side validation (when JavaScript was enabled) was just sheer genious! I love the new MasterPages. I love the skinning of controls... its just neat! I love the DataGrid's/GridView's ability to quickly render simple-to-render data. I hate ASP.Net. When attempting to do anything with DataGrids/GridViews, ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 6:20 PM | Comments (2) |

What's Legacy Code? - the definition

I like this definition of legacy code, in a way its tongue-in-cheek, but its probably one of the best definitions I've ever seen

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 7:58 PM | Comments (0) |

SQL help on efnet

I ran across this tidbit of info, and thought I'd share it over here:

For other speedy sql help:
#sql on efnet

Responses usually within 5 minutes :)

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 7:52 PM | Comments (0) |

Reducing bandwidth required by blogs
I've always wanted to touch on this, after reading a few blog posts about the problem. I see the problem as sending too much info (high level wise) out to all of your consumers (rss aggregate readers) Consider the fact that aggregate readers form the bulk of the blog post requests, I still haven't seen any effort to streamline THAT traffic... I've only really seen efforts to scale back on the “web interface” for the blogs... which in a way is good, but not the answer, again making the ......

Posted On Monday, June 6, 2005 3:57 PM | Comments (2) |

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