Knowing .NET Sometimes a coder who writes, sometimes a writer who codes. Formerly, a coder who edited magazines.

October 31, 2002

Oh Man My Googlism Is Just Sad MYSQL Error In QueryINSERT INTO Googli

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Oh, man, my Googlism is just sad:

MYSQL Error in query:
INSERT INTO googlism (ism,alpha,date,type) VALUES (‘larry o’brien’, ‘l’, now(), ‘1’)
Error: You have an error in your SQL syntax near ‘brien’, ‘l’, now(), ‘1’)’ at line 1


Pet Shop Boys My Take On The Pet Shop Brouhaha And

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Pet Shop Boys: My take on the Pet Shop brouhaha and the truth about .NET vs. J2EE performance.

October 30, 2002

Palm OS 6 To Be Based On BeOS And NET Compatible Its From The Reg

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Palm OS 6 to be based on BeOS and .NET compatible? It’s from The Register, so take it with a grain of salt.

The Consistently Excellent Dino Exposito Has A Nice A Hrefhttpmsdnmicrosoftcomlibrarydefaultaspurlmsdnmag

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The consistently excellent Dino Exposito has a nice introduction to .NET Remoting. Unfortunately its in VB.NET but he’s a great writer and teacher and it looks good. [Sam Gentile’s Weblog]

Not Only Can You Download Ecco You Can Download A Hrefhttpcheerleadery

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Not only can you download Ecco, you can download Agenda! Agenda was one of the best DOS programs ever. Like Ecco, it was a Personal Information Manager. If you ask “Like Outlook?” the answer is “No! Nothing like Outlook!” As far as I know, Outlook does nothing to relate items from disparate sources. With Agenda, if you jot down “Meet Alan for lunch Tuesday” it will link up to your contact list and calendar — it was wonderful for managing complex to do lists. Zoe and Chandler make me suspect that personal information management is reemerging as the most likely ground from which the next killer app will emerge…

OReilly Has Announced OnDotNetE

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O’Reilly has announced OnDotNet. At first glance it apeared to be a renaming of the .NET Dev Center until I found Scott’s editorial: “The goal of is to create a destination for the .NET community by ensuring content that is immediately applicable to working and weekend-warrior developers, while not ignoring the future of .NET and all of its related technologies (e.g. Web Services, GXA, XQuery, etc.).” Having Scott as the editor is fantastic. Scott has been in the trenches for years and as the ADO Guy has been dispensing valuable knowledge for years. Congrats!
Sam Gentile’s Weblog]

Unit Tests Theres Nothing Like Doing D

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Unit tests. There’s nothing like doing drastic refactoring to the implementation of a class when you trust the unit tests to be solid. It’s so much easier. [Jon Shute’s WeblogYes!! That’s the key. [Sam Gentile’s Weblog] The thing is, “unit testing” is almost a misnomer for what’s going on; an xUnit test is as much about expressing requirements as it is about reflecting the inherent capabilities of the software module. For instance, let’s say you had a method string Foo(string input); from a strictly “testing inherent capabilities” standpoint, you’d test this by sending it a null, a string a single character long, super-huge buffer-overflowing strings, etc. But from an xUnit standpoint, your first test might be testing that if sent “cow” it returns “woc” and your second might be that if you send it “Cow” it returns “woc” So, in this case, the xUnit tests are expressing, concretely, that the Foo method means “return the string reversed and converted to lowercase.” When you have tons of such things and “you trust them to be solid” what you’re saying is not so much “This dramatic refactoring does not change the inherent capabilities of the 500 software modules comprising it” as “This dramatic refactoring does not change the value delivered to the client.” And that is a very good feeling to have. (Earlier this year, I refactored a template method and it affected every single response the system produced. I did it and integrated it in a single long day. I would have been absolutely paralyzed by doubt had I not had a solid xUnit suite.)

IBM CEO Stakes

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IBM CEO stakes $10 billion on ‘on-demand’ future. Palmisano says next wave of connected computing worth betting on [InfoWorld: Top News] I can’t find the whitepaper referenced in the article, but I think that what they’re talking about is what elsewhere on the site they call “autonomic computing” along with for-rent grid computing. If anyone knows for sure, drop a comment.

Little Kittycats Wearing Viking Outfitsnbspsing Zeppelin Not That Im Avoidi

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Little kittycats wearing viking outfits sing Zeppelin. Not that I’m avoiding work today or anything.

A Cool Utility InnbspTweakUI For XP Allows You

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A cool utility in TweakUI for XP allows you to add “search prefixes” to Internet Explorer. For instance, if you add you can say “google foo” or if you add you can say “define cow”.

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