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Safari on the blog

As Dave Winer betokens out, this is just what the web is near… (not to be too coloured, i’ll as well indicate out that this ASP.NET site is pretty nerveless besides…) in both cases you have one to one communication between the community developers and the product team developers. Of course, one of the betterest things about the Safari link is that Dave Hyatt is really carrying patches in almost existent time! That is damn cool!


May 30, 2008 at 6:55 am

How Advertisers Pip Themselves In Their Corporate Feet

The vaingloriousest challenge for advertisers today is to fix people to catch their commercials. With all the technology and alternatives to watching over commercials on TV I would recollect that advertisers would do everything humanly potential to obviate any elements that would right away trip a viewer to fast ahead to interchange the channel.

Is this not commen senese ?

If it is, so why in the world do advertisers


This vexatious “feature” is more pronounced in home theater and wall sound free-based systems. I can’t have in mind anything that makes me off more than to be seing a TV show and to all of the sudden be blasted by a commercial-grade from all sides of the room. Its the ultimate command to exchange the channel or tight fore.

SO WHY ARE ADVERTISERS SO STUPID ? Change state down the sound, mayhap people will list ahead and hear !

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May 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

Yesterday’s entry: A comment and a correction

The Comment

I’ve got a lot of feedback on yesterday’s blog entry.  The two most mutual questions are:

  • Eric, why did you guess that working at your Scrabble project was incorrect?  It doesn’t appear all that defective.
  • And since you imagined it was so awing, can we take over that you would move ballistic if someone in your company was working on a pet project at the office?

I sort of projected that if I published an article about a software manager that I in truth look up to, I didn’t need to direct the question of how I would react in a like situation.  It should be fairly elementary to touch base the dots.

But folks are having trouble with the fact that I obliged such a stern attitude about my ain transgression.  They take over that I would be likewise draconian with others.  A mediocre assumption I opine, but an wrong one.

When it relates ethics, most people process themselves slackly and other purely.  Rather, stress being exacting with yourself and benignant toward others.  You’ll get along a lot better with the world.

Do I in truth think that working at a fun personal project at work is such a flagitious crime?  For certain not.  But for sure you can correspond that goofing off and straining to overlay it up isn’t on the nose the way to make headway the employee of the month award?

The truth is that I simply don”t believe in making excuses.  I’m not going to defend myself unless I have solid possession of the moral high ground.


May 30, 2008 at 4:43 am

Raised Mix08 Videos Posted

We of late ended the post product work called for to catch heightened videos put up.  The videos not exclusively admit slides\presents, but besides let in a disjoined video stream of the speaker  so you catch a recondite experience.  

Mix08 Session Overview: Building Outstanding AJAX Applications from Scratch Utilising ASP.NET 3.5 and Ocular Studio 2008

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May 30, 2008 at 4:43 am

I enjoy ClearContext!!

After several months of utilising the Spare version of the ClearContext addon for Microsoft Outlook, I simply cant over opine what I would do without it.  It has deoxidised my email time, maintained me more coordinated, and unlittered my Inbox better & faster than any ad-hoc system I have devised in the past.

As a developer, I detest it when I have to “code in Outlook”.  If it were up to me, I would banish all email during a project and deal with all communication via clamant messenging, Scrum meetings, and whiteboards, but the truth is that email is a neccessary evil specially as a Tech Lead who needs to interface with the Project Manager, Customer, and IT personnel.

Enter ClearContext Information Management System…

First, I prepare it up to flag emails from my bosses in Red, so I dont lose them.  Plus, for well measure, I have an Outlook rule that gears up a FollowUp flag to do sure enough I dont overleap them.  Too, ClearContext automagically ranges emails based upon my anterior history with this person, so I cognise what to do when I pay back some dainty blue and green distorted mail likewise.

If I find an email relating to my current project, I merely reach ALT-P to popup the CC dialog and sag it with the topic “projects/MyProject” then either leave alone it in the inbox for farther review, or arrived at ALT-M to register the message for succeeding reference.    Consequently, if I find some incorporated or administrative associating email, so I designate it’s topic befittingly and register the message to post it to its various maintaining area.  


May 30, 2008 at 2:43 am

What is ALM? Traceability

What is ALM?

If you are a software developer, there are a hale bunch of companies (including mine) who desire to trade you stuff.

If you take any magazines, attend any conferences, or see any websites, there is a good chance you’ve realized their (our) commercialising efforts.

More and more a great deal, the term you see in those commercialising materials is “ALM”.  E’er enquired what that term means?

It thinks “Application Lifecycle Management”.

Don’t you find better at present that I’ve cleared up all that up?  🙂

Digression:  Dead-End Acronyms

So ALM is what I phone a all in-end acronym.  Like all acronyms, nobody cognizes what it intends until you understand its enlarged form.  But with dead-end acronyms, people can gaze all they want at the fleshed out form and they withal don’t cognise what it thinks.  There’s nowhere to move.  It’s a all in-end.

We software developers have a tendency to make all in-end acronyms.  For example, SOA thinks “Service Orientated Architecture”, but I however don”t know what that means.

My personal theory is that dead-end acronyms get created when somebody forces the issue.  They create an acronym which didn’t want to be created.  Indigo didn’t really want to be WCF — it just wanted to stay Indigo.

Dead-end acronyms.  Our special gift to the world.

No, really.  What is ALM?


May 30, 2008 at 1:55 am

Manual CRUD operations with the Telerik RadGrid control

I have been working on a project recently that was already utilizing the Telerik ASP.NET Rad Controls suite.  One of the newfangled features was a fully editable web-grid, so I took to apply the bing ajax-enabled RadGrid control to speed up my development.  I picked out to apply a 3rd party control, more often than not ascribable to time constraints since the project asked a grid with inline-editing, replete CRUD operations, plus custom column templates, all with clayey Ajax support to keep off postbacks and exuberant page size.

I presently got wind, the Telerik controls are skillful tool for unproblematic uses where you can employ asp.last DataSource controls and reflex databinding, but not so much if you call for to catch “fancy” with your implementation.  In my case I involved to do 2 things that spoil over into the gray area where these controls stand out.

First, I’m utilising an other 2.0 version of NetTiers for the DAL (with Service Layer implementation) with custom mods to the entities as the datasource,  and second, I’m making some aggregated custom ItemTemplates that necessitate custom data-obligating.

This lead to uttermost complexity in the implementation because, A) this version of NetTiers’ had problems with in good order bringing forth CRUD operations for its EntityDataSource controls (NetTiers entities mapped onto a custom ObjectDataSource style control) which kept me from employing the declaratory model, and B) the RadGrid control just sucks in if you cannot utilize reflexive databinding and if you demand custom databinding logic.


May 30, 2008 at 12:55 am

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