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Since I wrote a post, previously, about side projects that I'm working on, I should probably mention: Ask a DnD Monster. The site has been one of my more profitable side projects to date, earning $1.03 so far.

There's a post title that'll screw with Google results. My fortune cookie from Panda reads: Avoid unchallenging occupations - they waste your talents. This is followed by what appears to be a little ad for Panda Express and Panda Inn (I guess those are the occupations that wouldn't waste my talents). Overall, I agree with the cookie, but I could use ......

First of all, the folks I used to work with will be glad to know that Panda Express is selling their Orange Chicken sauce at their restaurants. Unfortunately, it does not come in 2 liter bottles or six packs. On topic, the posts I've made here lately have gotten me thinking about the idea behind standards and/or best practices. I noticed a refrain in ......

We get Flumphs from several, different providers. Each provider has various settings that the system uses for them - particular URL routes, specific timeouts, etc. In the old Proxy, anything that absolutely had to be client-specific was stored in a configuration file. The timeout limit was universal. Here's the kicker - the only thing in the Flumph ......

You guys have heard the song "Synchronicity 2," right? Am I the only person who thinks Sting did that song for his own amusement? Cackling in his lush, vaguely European voice at the fans scrambling to figure out the deeper meaning between a harried husband going through his day and the Loch Ness Monster getting his killing on. I can just see him laughing ......

log4net is a great little logging library. There seem to be some mixed results out there as to whether or not it outperforms the Enterprise Library's Logging Application Block, although it appears to me the general findings are that log4net is faster. For me, I guess it would come down to how badly I wanted integration with the rest of the Enterprise ......

My first actual project with regard to our systems was to write a new Proxy. I'm going to have to be a little ambiguous, once again, because I don't want to give away any proprietary or quasi-proprietary information. One of our major systems serves as a sort of brokerage for Flumphs (I'm going to compensate for being ambiguous by being completely ridiculous ......

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Sep 09
The first bug I was asked to fix, here, was a bug in the Q Framework. Our websites use a little pop-up, calendar datepicker (I believe it's the jQuery datepicker, but I'd have to check). The problem we were experiencing is when we added a UK client. As most of you know, the UK displays dates in DD-MM-YYYY format as opposed to the US MM-DD-YYYY format. ......

I tend to always have side projects going on. I think many developers are like this, either because we want to learn new things or have the opportunity to work on things that directly interest us or to make a little extra cash. Two of my side projects are the Pathfinder Project and Zombie Apocalypse. Pathfinder Project There are two kinds of companies ......

EDIT: Lesson learned. Don't copy and paste code from Visual Studio into this blog. This was something I did not know how to do until I started working here, and since learning it, I've been finding uses for it all over the place, both in my work projects and in my own projects. In previous posts, I talked about how we often use attributes to store metadata ......

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