2006-08-16

Moving ...

This blog has been moved to http://blog.ddpruitt.net

Not that anyone actually reads this blog but just to let you know.

2006-08-12

VMWare Server - Good but...

I’ve have discovered virtualization.  Actually I started using it several months ago and found that it is GREAT!  It Rocks My World!!

After trying Microsoft's I decided that I preferred VMWare’s Virtual Server, mainly because there is a version for Linux.  I have a plan to build the ultimate home server using VM’s.

However, tonight I had just downloaded the SourceForge Enterprise VM and was going to play with it but my license key for VMWare Virtual Server had expired.  When I tried to get a new one their server returned a nice little Tomcat error:

javax.servlet.ServletException: JesapiFilter: Invalid Remote Address.

That sucks because now I have to uninstall the server and install the VMPlayer.  blah.  But, it is all free so who am I to complan.

2006-08-09

Reading .NET Configuration Files

I am currently working on a small app that will scan our environment and verify that all the configuration settings are correct.  One thing I found was that you can’t open just any .config file using System.Configuration, it has to be named the same as the calling assembly.

What a pain.

2006-08-04

Wasting Space on the Web

I waste a lot of space on the web.  How much you ask?  Well, besides this blog these are the other sites I have:

ddPruitt.net (Home Page)

Blogs

Photo Galleries

Misc

Articles on CodeProject:

Plus my GMail accounts which includes email, spreadsheet, calendar, you name it I probably have it.

I’m sure I have more stuff and will add it as I think of it.

2006-06-10

Resharper vs CodeRush

So I used Resharper for a long time and I really liked it.  There were a few things I didn’t like, especially the time added to a project load.  And every once in a while it would lock up.  But the features I liked were very useful: Find all usages, simple keyboard shortcuts, code reformatting.  But the two most useful things it did was 1) to but a bar along the right side of the screen with orange or red lines for were the code had problems, and 2) clean up the using statements.

I have been using CodeRush/Refactor Pro for about a month now and really like it as well.  I wish it did some of the things that ReSharper did and I wished the refactoring worked more like ReSharper.  But I like the polish a lot better and I like the way it shows how blocks of code are related.  One of the best features I notices so far is the showing cyclomatic complexity of each method.  The code completion is a bit complicated and I haven’t spent enough time figuring it out.  It is more flexible than ReSharpers.

Another thing I do not like about CodeRush is the subscription scheme they are switching to.  I can see where they would need a continuous money stream to keep the business going.  But how am I going to justify paying the CodeRush tax each year when I got the ReSharper upgrade for free?

So, I like both products.  I tried running both at the same time in VS 2003 but after 15 minutes it locked up.  The tend to step on each other a lot so I need to figure out how to get them to play nice together.

2006-04-22

SqlAssist, SQL Intellisense

SqlAssist, SQL Intellisense.

SqlAssist offers advanced SQL intellisense and script debugging inside the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET IDE.

Edit, test, and run scripts just like you do in SQL Server Management Studio. Use SQL pretty formatting, user configurable code templates, and many shortcuts all designed to enhance your SQL coding experience and reduce development time.

This has got to be one of the coolest add-ins to Visual Studio I have found in a long time!  With this I can maybe finally convience every developer I work with that Visual Studio is a better tool for database development than Enterprise Manager.

2006-04-17

How weird I am

You Are 50% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird... But too damn weird to do anything about it!

2006-03-30

Public Education - Where Should the Money Go?

Why should the government be responsible for paying for my kids education?  After all, he is my kid so why should local, state, or federal tax money go to improve his education?

Because the USA will benefit from my son being educated.  The State (meaning local, state and federal governments) will benefit by my son making more money, which means he will spend more, so in both cases he will contribute to the economy and the tax base.

So from that perspective what is the best way for the State to invest in our kids education?  By giving the money directly to the schools and have them decide what the best education is?  Or by having the money follow the child so that the parents can decide the best school to send their child to.

I prefer the later as this increases the competition between schools which should in theory lead to a better education experience.  The first choice, giving the school the money, leads to an Education Monopoly and we all know that Monopolies are a Bad Thing.

2006-03-28

Ben Stein Smacks Hollywood

Missed Tributes.

 

Ben Stein, author, lawyer and actor, shares some thoughts on the Oscars.  He also points out how hollow the Hollywood Elites are in the face of real world crises.

Rails 1.1: RJS, Active Record++, respond_to, integration tests, and 500 other things!

Rails has hit version 1.1.  I seriously need to download Rails and make some sites!

What I would really like to do is get a web server running at home and server up maps, mono and rails just because I can.

Rails 1.1: RJS, Active Record++, respond_to, integration tests, and 500 other things!.

2006-03-15

My First WTF Experiance

OK, so I have seen bad code in the past.  Hell, I’ve written some pretty bad code in the past, present and will in the future.  But what I am looking at right now just blows my freaking mind.

A stored procedure that generates dynamic SQL to parse an XML document stored in a table which then somehow drives a cursor to fetch one row from something the dynamic sql calls that then drives another cursor that uses OPENXML to get data from another xml document.

I can’t figure it out!  Why?  Who was the clever SOB that thought this could even remotely be a good idea?

WTF?!!?

2006-02-26

How Evil am I?

You Are 58% Evil
You are evil, but you haven't yet mastered the dark side. Fear not though - you are on your way to world domination.

2006-02-17

Semi-XP Development

So, we are doing XP want to be development at work.  It is more of a war room programming environment and not true paired programming. 

What I am finding that I like more and more is not the coding per say, but the testing and development automation.  I have been using TestDriven.NET and mbUnit a lot and am just now starting to explore NCover.  Also, have been using NAnt scripting for builds and have installed CruiseControl.NET to see if I can’t get an entire build cycle created.

This is all exciting stuff!

2006-02-03

More Posts

Man I need to post more stuff!  This place is becoming stale.