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Jannik Anker .NET developer blog November 2005 Entries
Coding Horror: Dysfunctional Specifications
I just read an awesome article over at Coding Horror about writing (or not writing) tech specs. I am a firm believer in writing tech specs - whenever the size of a project justifies it. I have been doing many smaller projects that did not justify spending weeks and weeks writing exhaustive specs in which case a single "summary page", drafting only the major functions in a user-friendly language, has been sufficient.Back when I was still in school, we had to write the exhaustive specs nomatter what ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 8:08 AM

New version of Paint.NET (now v2.5)
Via Mark Harrison: Paint.NET 2.5 has been released for free download. It's great to see how a free app, developed on the .NET Framework, can offer such advanced functionality. Who needs PhotoShop now ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:31 PM

[OT] Bird flu humor

Now that's funny!

(hop no one is offended - that is NOT my intention!)

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:33 AM

The Dark Side of being a Guru (I'm not, but I'd like to be - in spite of the Dark Side ;-)
Back in August I mentioned an article from the MSDN Magazine: "Becoming a Guru". I liked it.Now, the same magazine features an article on The Dark Side of Being a Guru which has a few comments about how real-life guruing (?) can be like: "I receive a ton of e-mail saying, 'I have a software problem. Please help soon, as I have urgent business to conduct.'" - Dino Esposito, columnist Hehe... If you look at this the right (optimistic) way, it must be cool to receive mails like this - knowing that so ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 1:01 PM

Jakob Nielsen on Office 12 (no, wait, he's fine with it ;-)
Via Joel Ward: Jakob Nielsen appears to like the new Office UI, which he refers to as "results-oriented user interface". And for once, I think he makes a sound argument in that the current Office UI (and other apps with a huge lot of virtually unreachable functionality) does no good for the average end user. The fancy stuff is simply buried too deep, and there are no ways to bring this functionality to the access level of Bold, Italic and whatnot.Office "12", as most of us must have seen by now, ......

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2005 7:15 AM

My blog is worth ... zip, zero, nada!!!
My blog is worth $0.00.How much is your blog worth? What's up with that? ;-) ......

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2005 10:40 AM

Component Factory has released their Krypton Toolkit
The Krypton Toolkit is a collection of Windows Forms UI controls, built with and targeting VS.NET 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0. You can download a free copy over at Phil Wright, the owner of Component Factory, has a blog worth a read.

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2005 10:27 AM

Call Me Fishmeal
I just discovered an(other) must-read blog: Wil Shipleys Call Me Fishmeal!

Wil is a very experienced programmer with ~20 years of programming experience. And he's an excellent writer too...

I was redirected to a blog entry about Unit Testing, a subject that Wil's got a fairly strong opinion on.

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 1:47 PM

VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released
This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy 'n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 8:37 AM

Searches.GetChannelsByCustomProperty Method
Did you know the Searches.GetChannelsByCusto... method in MCMS? Scary as it may be, I only recently "discovered" it... I am implementing a custom notification service for authors who have specified an "update interval" for a channel, so that I can send the relevant author an email whenever his/her channel content haven't been updated for X number of days.With this extremely easy way of getting every single channel with this specific property defined, it makes the code way nicer to look at - ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 8:14 AM
I just registered at, a free statistics service. It looks great and has some good customisation options. You can register as many sites (or projects, as they are called inside the system) as you like, and it works as soon as you've inserted the classical HTML/JS block in your page(s). I registered my website, my personal blog and this, my GWB blog as individual projects only a few hours ago - and I'm already seeing the hits rolling in! I realise that this isn't the only free stats-service ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 10:14 AM

The New Generation of Microsoft Certifications
Once again, I feel like way behind schedule - I haven't gotten around to blogging for a few days due to some work stuff. So in order for me to take time out for blogging, the subject has to be important...Now, I'm not exactly the first person out there to mention The New Generation of Microsoft Certifications, but it can't get mentioned too much. I was just about to commence my MCAD.NET training when this came out, but it's going to have to wait a while. The new exams are available from early 2006, ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2005 12:02 PM

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