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I'd Rather Be Coding Jay Glynn thinking out loud. April 2004 Entries
Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability
This has finally been released. No matter how much you think you know about this subject, there is always more to learn. This looks to be a good resource. I only wish they would make a format that would fit on my PocketPC. This is the kinda stuff I generally read while my son is doing his Tae Kwon Do class.

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2004 1:27 PM

Adoption on 20/20
I just saw an ad for the next episode of 20/20. They are planning on showing the process of adopting a baby, however they are showing it from the birth mother's perspective. What ticks me off is the ad sounded like a preview for the next edition of Survivor. “Which of these couples will win the contest and get the baby”. My wife and I have been through the adoption process. I have a wonderful 6 year old son because of it. To have 20/20 make this sound like some contest to win a baby totally ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 28, 2004 10:46 PM

Book signing
Fellow author and geekswithblogs blogger Bill Evjen and myself will be signing the new Professional C# book at TechEd on Thursday, May 27th at 10:30-11:30. Please stop by to say hello.

Posted On Wednesday, April 28, 2004 7:20 PM

Not So Extreme Programming...
...is the title for Andrew Binstocks column in the latest (May 1, 2004) issue of Software Development Times. He pretty much feels that same as I do regarding XP and that is with the exception of automated unit testing, XP is not making a big splash (and probably shouldn't). As a matter of fact it would seem that the opposite is starting to occur and that is developers are actually doing a little design before they code....imagine that! One comment that he points out that I find interesting is that ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 3:34 PM

TabletPC potentials
I have been dealing with pen based computers for nearly 10 years now. TabletPC is pen based computing done right, closer then it has before anyway. Some don't get the advantages of pen based computing. The biggest argument that is heard is that I can type faster then I can write. Well no kidding. Anyone that spends 15 hours a day in front of a keyboard should be able to type fast. Ink and speech are called "alternate" input, not the only input. Ink is just another way to interact with your computer. ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2004 5:06 AM

I hate VB again...
OK, so I figuered out why I lost my changes, in VS the default is to save before running, in VB 6 the default is don't save. I can take the blame for that I guess, but why wouldn't the default be to save the work before running or compiling? To make matters worse, I'm in the middle of making the changes again, and the power in the building goes out. Now this time I had been saving more often, and set the save before running option, but I have about 45 minutes worth that I'll have to do **AGAIN** ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2004 1:48 PM

IE Replacement
I have tried Mozilla and its variants on several occasions, each time hoping that it will work better then the last time. I really like the tabbed browsing capabilities more then anything. Well I can't seem to use Mozilla for more then a couple of hours before it crashes on me so I thought I was stuck with IE. Then I found MyIE2. Tabbed browsing, pop up blocker, Google toolbar works, is highly configurable and supports skins. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and haven't had a crash yet. ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2004 10:57 AM

I hate VB
Now I know that the title of this post is loaded, but at this particular moment it is a true statement. The VB 6 ide crashed on me yesterday afternoon, causing the loss of about a days worth of work. Not sure what happened to the changes, but none the less, they are gone. I also am missing parameters in constructors, more then I ever thought I would. Overriding methods is another one that I miss. Adding optional paramters just feels dirty to me. Oh well, time to go back and redo what I did yesterday. ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2004 10:38 AM

Book Signing at TechEd
I received a note from the publisher today (Wiley) that they are trying to set up a book signing for Professional C# 3rd edition at TechEd. It is supposed be on the shelves that week. Not sure of a time as of yet. Come say hello if you can...

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 12:22 AM

OneNote SP1 Preview
I'm sure you have probably seen that the OneNote SP1 preview is available. I downloaded and installed this today and I must say that I like what I am seeing. I use OneNote quite a bit anyway, but they have added some really nice features. This page outlines some of the changes. Some of the ones that I immediately liked was the better integration with Outlook, the ability to send notes from my Axim PocketPC directly to OneNote and of course there is now an API to play with ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 12:15 AM

Test Driven Development Revisited
Well I finished the book Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET and I still feel less then satisfied. My problem with TDD stems from the test first then code idea. I like the idea of being able to test the public interface to a class, assembly etc. This can really be useful in a team development environment. An example of this happend to a co-worker today. Someone changed what was returned by a property. Not sure if anyone figured out why, but a simple NUnit test would have discovered this, and ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2004 12:02 AM

Not bad...
You are a MASTER of the English language! While your English is not exactly perfect,you are still more grammatically correct thanjust about every American. Still, there isalways room for improvement... How grammatically sound are you?brought to you by Quizilla I expected worse...I didn't pay much attention during English classes ......

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2004 5:14 PM

Hacknot article on XP

This is a great view of eXtreme Programming. I am not a fan of XP at all. There are a lot of “success” stories based on using XP, non of which impress me. Any methodology will have successes. Perhaps this is why I have a hard time with writing tests before the writing the code, since this is one of the XP tenents.

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2004 10:50 AM

New Windows
I've been installing new windows. We are doing a side of the house at a time, partly due to the fact that the house has 26 windows to replace. I will be finishing up the front of the house this weekend. I am using Pella ThermaStar replacements. I have to say they are a snap to install. Here are the installation instructions. I can have a window in in less then an hour. After this weekend only 20 left to go.....

Posted On Saturday, April 17, 2004 8:02 PM

Oh well...

The Predators were just eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Red Wings. At least we were beat by the best team in the NHL. Great season Preds...

Posted On Saturday, April 17, 2004 7:48 PM

Test Driven Development
I have been reading Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET and I'm a bit disappointed. I am really trying to see the benefit of TDD, but I have to admit that it is escaping me. I see the benefit of using a tool such as NUnit or CSUnit, and plan on implementing the tool in our process. The part I'm having a hard time with is writing the test first then the code. It seems to me that by doing that you design your app to meet the tests and not to solve the business need. I know the idea is to write ......

Posted On Saturday, April 17, 2004 12:54 AM

Pay Attention
Well, just goes to show what can happen when you don't pay attention. I thought that the new TablePC SDK was up, but at about the time I was looking at it I was reminded by Julie that this is 1.5 not 1.7, which is what I assumed since it had today's date. Rats.

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 6:33 PM

Hello World!!
Well, I finally got around to getting this thing setup, thanks Jeff. As for the obligatory intro post, here goes: My name is Jay Glynn. I currently am employed by a large financial services company as an Architect/Analyst/Developer. I also have several books that I have co-authored on .NET and C#. The latest being Professional C# from Wrox (Wiley). This edition is supposed to be on the shelves the week of TechEd. Most of what I will be posting will be about architecting application both big and small. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 15, 2004 12:58 PM

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