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No Fun Intended Shoo! You are debugging the crap outta me! February 2005 Entries
Gen.NET v0.5.2
So here is a small improvement list for version 0.5.2.1. Added support for money, smallmoney, bit, smalldatetime, and datetime SQL datatypes.2. The product will now check for spaces in column names and table names. (Thanks to rwebb for the bug report).3. Cleaned up the formatting of the project and class schemas.4. Added collapsible code branches to the private variables, constructors, and public variables sections.The binaries are here.The sources are here ......

Posted On Monday, February 28, 2005 9:15 AM

ZenMan's ASP.NET Interview Q's
Scott Hanselman has posted a long list of ASP.NET interview questions. Quite humbling for myself. I didn't know about 25% of them. I have some reading to do.

Here is the list

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2005 8:39 AM

Very Strange VS.NET 2003 Problem
VS.NET 03 is driving me NUTS!!! When I create a new ASP.NET user control and drop it on a web form, for some strange reason, it doesn't add the 'protected user.control.namespace.cont... uControl' declaration to the web form's Code Behind file. I have uninstalled and re-installed VS.NET and created a blank project to test if there was something about that particular project that was causing the screw-up, all to no avail. The last thing to do is format my hard drive and re-install everything. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2005 8:34 AM

Gen.NET v0.5.1
I have posted a new version of my CodeGen tool Gen.NET 0.5.1. There are no new major features but you can now generate projects compliant in VS.NET 2002 and 2003 as well as create stand-alone class files instead of creating a whole new project.

The binaries are here.
The sources are here.

Posted On Wednesday, February 16, 2005 8:12 AM

Enterprise Library Tutorials
The Patterns and Practices community site has gathered together a collection of resources for the use of the Enterprise Library components. View them here.

Posted On Monday, February 14, 2005 7:40 AM

Are the upper 1% REALLY prima donnas?
I keep seeing this in books, hearing it in casual chatter but is it really true? I would not consider the best three programmers I have had the pleasure to work with prima donnas in any way, from my view at least. If they are prima donnas, is it worth keeping them around? I have also read that the most productive developer will be 400% more effective than your least productive and 10% more productive than your 'average' developer. There are bad programmers every where. I know of a few. When comparing ......

Posted On Monday, February 14, 2005 6:57 AM

Yahoo! Video Search
Yahoo has a new search for videos (new to me at least). Very cool. A search for Microsoft brought back nearly 8,000 results, Linux brought back over 2,600, web services over 300, and XML over 400. I am sure this will be popular but I am suprised Yahoo! beat Google to the punch. Can Google do anything wrong? Well, in fact, Yahoo! may not have beat them after all. There is a link in the Google Labs section for video. I love competition.

Posted On Friday, February 11, 2005 11:51 AM

My New Favorite App
BugNet is an outstanding issue management application. It is open source and available for free from here. I really like the user interface and the project structure. Thus far, I have encountered no errors. I wish I had a little more time to support this project.

Posted On Tuesday, February 8, 2005 9:29 PM

Reusable Data Access Layers
Can anyone tell me what the performance concerns are with using the IDb interfaces like the one found here instead of using the Data Access Blue Brick (or the Enterprise Library) from Microsoft? I am betting that the Blue Brick is faster but the IDb interfaces seem very quick also.

Posted On Tuesday, February 8, 2005 8:52 AM

Enterprise Library
Is anyone using the Enterprise Library to write any new apps yet? I would like to tackle one if possible. Any ideas?

Posted On Tuesday, February 8, 2005 8:45 AM

Book Review: The Business of Software : What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad
What an outstanding book!!!! If you have not read it, you should do so immediately. Here is Amazon's link. The author is Michael Cusumano (also the author of Microsoft Secrets). Chapter 2: Strategy for Software Companies: What to think about, was so good, I read it three times. And chapter 4: Best Practices in Software Development: Beyond the Software Factory discusses some of the details of Netscape's fall (and it wasn't really Microsoft - if anyone else knows of any other independent sources of ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 1, 2005 1:52 PM

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