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An Archived Managed World This blog has moved to http://www.managed-world.com/blog December 2003 Entries
Partial Coding Prediction
Okay, this is related to Rory's post about “paper bag” coding. I am going to go out on a limb here and predict what future “paper bag” code we will see. The prediction that is coming to mind right now is that the ability to have partial types will lead some developers to code-maintenance nightmares. While I believe that partial types are a wonderful solution to the code-behind issue with ASP.NET and XAML, I believe that inexperienced developers who do not understand the proper use of partial types ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 23, 2003 12:07 PM

Who put the bomp?
Well, it certainly wasn't me who put it in there. It was probably Rory, seeing that he lives such an interesting life. With how dull my life is, I would almost classify myself as the Anti-Rory. Perhaps that's why we get along, because I am his opposite. But, shhhhhh, keep this on the down-lo because I don't want any of my peeps to find out that there is a brotha' mo slick than this here, “Y'all feel me”? Well, since I have nothing better or more interesting to do than type, I'm going to go back to ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2003 3:16 PM

And that's the bottom line cause.....
Rory Blyth said so!!!! Rory has made a post about coding standards over at his site. Definitely a must read. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. I guess you could say that I am an extremely, A-R coder. Just ask one of my co-workers and they would definitely vouch for that. Sometimes I swear that there should be some kind of programming restrictions put in place. It doesn't have to be anything complicated, just something like “You can only program if your IQ is higher than the number of letters ......

Posted On Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:43 PM

Great! Someone shoot me now!

How does it come into fruition that when someone searches for “Olson Twins”, they get a link to my blog? This link starting showing up in my referrals list:

http://www.popdex.com/s/Olson_Twins

Thanks! Thanks a lot!

Posted On Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:38 PM

ViewState persists with ViewState disabled? What The.....?!?!?!?!
Well, I brought this up briefly at the Portland Nerd Dinner last night and got a couple quirky faces so I thought I would make a post about it. The issue is that even when viewstate is disabled, the Text property of the ASP.NET text box still persists. The confusing part is that the text property for the TextBox saves itself directly into the view state. For example, the code for the Text property of the TextBox looks as follows (this was retrieved by using Anakrino): public string Text { get { string ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 17, 2003 4:10 PM

Where have I been?

Well, it's been a while since I posted. I made the mistake of buying Final Fantasy Online. And by mistake, I mean that I didn't realize how much of my time it would suck up. Man, it makes me feel like I am a stain on the carpet of life and Final Fantasy Online is a shiny new Wet Vac.

But it's okay because I had Subway last night (or did I just save a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geiko??). Oh well, back to fishing.....

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2003 7:56 AM

I have a dream where all speeches are treated equal....
Peter Golde points to a decision made by the supreme court on Wednesday. Basically, it seems that a shotgun shell has been peppered into the First Amendment. I haven't actually read the entire decision yet so I can't guarantee whether Peter Golde's commentary is out-of-context or not. If it is true, the First Amendment is looking more like Swiss Cheese than law. What are your thoughts? Is this just more proof that hell is freezing over only to be ruled over by RoboBush ......

Posted On Friday, December 12, 2003 2:31 PM

Call to All Geeks
I'm researching affordable MDA (Model Driven Architecture) tools and IDEs that I can use. Unfortunately, there aren't many that I can find out there that are affordable yet still robust. If any of y'all have some links of good MDA resources you have found, please post them in the comments section or should me an email. Thanks!

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2003 4:47 PM

3d Desktop

I saw this link on another blog this morning and thought that it was just oh, so, super cool. I wouldn't mind being able arrange and navigate through my windows in 3d space! I don't know exactly how practical it is, especially considering that non-geeks can have enough problems as it is using computers. Looks like we're one step closer to Johnny Mnemonic. Yeah, baby, yeah!

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:50 AM

No more for me please!
Okay, I am going to fore go any of these semi-philosophical chats from now on. The fact is that I haven't done much research in these areas and the last thing I want to do is to be tooting my own horn only to be ignored when I finally having a flying rat's clue what is actually going on in the real world. Programming here I come!

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2003 11:40 AM

Thought-Provoking? Hardly!
For some reason, Rory seems to think that I'm capable of provoking him into a little bit of thinking. I hardly think so. But more to the point, my prior post about technology and progress was a bit “tongue & cheek” since I was mostly talking about a video game. However, it is an idea that has been bothering me for a while. I agree with Rory about the future as it relates to Artificial Intelligence; however, since Rory stated it better than I ever could, I will leave it to you see his post. Instead, ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2003 11:41 PM

Battlepants Galactica
Hooray! After watching a “mythical-man month” of special features, the day has finally arrived. Seeing that I am young enough to not have been biased by the original, I am really looking forward to watching this for what it is worth: an original mini-series devoted to entertaining people by appealing to their futuristic interests. mmmmmmmm......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2003 1:26 PM

You know you're an RSS junkie when...
Okay folks, I think I officially just crossed that line over into the magical and mystical “RSS Junkie” land. Some of you may have seen the new architecture journal put out by Microsoft EMEA Architects. Well, I downloaded the journal and read it and found it quite interesting. However, I went back to the site to find a way to stay updated and what do I find? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! How great would it be if the journal site had an RSS feed? I really don't want to keep on going back to the site ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2003 10:27 AM

Bowl Games
While I am on a roll I just want to touch on bowl games. Why are there more bowl games than there are cereals at Safeway? I think it is a waste that teams finishing with a “barely-.500” winning percentage can make it into a bowl game. One of the last games I want to watch is “number 36 vs number 42” in the nation. I'm tired of flipping channels during the holiday and seeing a “Who's Your Momma“ Bowl, a “I Love My Doggy” Bowl, and a “The San Francisco Treat” Bowl. You know the “industry” is in bad ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2003 9:37 AM

College Football
<Rant> Okay, I want to talk about this USC vs. Sugar Bowl issue. Michael Flanakin already talked a bit about it here but I thought I would post also since my thoughts are a little to weighty for a comment. The Problem. Reaching the end of the football season only to find out there is not a true college football champion. The Cause. The reliance on technology in order to determine “the best football team“ in the country can sometimes lead to a false/unreliable “#1 rating“. I believe this is ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2003 9:24 AM

Technology != Progress;
It amazes me that with how far technology has progressed I still have to put up with crap like this. Yesterday I went out and bought Final Fantasy Online. Well, tonight I thought I would install it and start playing. Well, two hours and counting, and I still haven't been able to play. That's right kids, it's been two hours and I am still in the process of downloading update files. I believe there were approximately 9000 files to download. I have broadband too. I can't even imagine how long this might ......

Posted On Sunday, December 7, 2003 10:21 PM

Please ignore that last one

I fear the influence of alcohol has led my mind to believe that I am funnier than I actually am.

Nothing to see hear... move along..... move along.

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 11:51 PM

And the winner is....
Well, I went to the local PADNUG meeting tonight. It was a Longhorn presentation by Scott Hanselman and Jim Blizzard. Also at the meeting, I finally got to meet Rory, although I found out that we actually have seen each other before at the local Game Developer user group and never officially met. ANYWHO.... A couple of observations - Scott is a very funny guy and, in my opinion, a really good presenter - Rory. Believe it or not, Rory is actually more funny in person (if that's even possible) when ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 11:21 PM

Forklift training video
Mike Diehl points to an outrageously funny forklift training video on his blog. BEWARE: quite bloody.

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2003 2:33 PM

Matrix Spoof Video Found!

I just came across this link of the first half of the Matrix spoof video with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates that was shown at Comdex. You can find it here: http://www.only4gurus.com/v2/index.asp. It's not the best of quality but it's better than nothing.

 

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2003 1:23 PM

The Political Game

I'm really hoping that some of you that may read this will “weigh in” on this question I have.

Is it necessary to learn to play the “political game” in order to be a successful developer? By successful, I am meaning “to continue to climb the employment ladder at a company”.

I have no opinions on the subject yet but am starting to think that it may be an “improvement needed” in order to continue to grow at a company. I don't know though. Thoughts?

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2003 6:50 PM

My Life, 12/1/2003
The one where I researched..... Function Points - http://www.ifpug.org - One possible way to measure product size (since I dislike “lines of code” measurements greatly!) NASA SEL - http://sel.gsfc.nasa.gov - The NASA Software Engineering Laboratory Construx - http://www.construx.com - This is Steve McConnell's shop The one where I read..... Applying UML and Patterns Game Architecture and Design: a new edition The one where I listened to..... The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard ......

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2003 5:30 PM

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