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April 2006 Blog Posts

Telerik, Atlas, and my Typeable DropDownList

So I got to have some fun in the last 24 hours playing around with Atlas some more.  We're currently rebuilding the company's remote enrollment engine and we've decided that the April Atlas build is stable enough that we're going to go ahead and integrate it for a smoother client experience. In the initial "Postback" version we were using the Telerik Radcombo because it has some nice features like being able to type into the drop down box and filtering the list.  If you've never noticed by default the dropdownlist packaged with ASP .NET only allows for filtering by a single...

There is no spoon

Karl was weighing in today about his thoughts on how the productivity promises in ASP .NET 2.0 haven't quite panned out the way he wanted them too.  In one sense, I hear what he's saying, the 70% "code reduction" isn't there for enterprise users.  Nor was it intended to be.  The rad style development of dragging and dropping sql datasources and wiring things up was intended for a different scenario than Karl was into. One thing we can note from the history of programming and development is that over time, we have gotten more tools, not less to work with.  This...

What does 10 lines give you anyway?

While I agree with 95% of Jeffrey's post I have to throw down the gauntlet on the magic number of 10 lines in his suggestion.  Just as "magic numbers" are rather undesirable in code, the concept that a method should be constrained by a number of lines is undesirable as well. <rant>For me, this brings back memories of writing assignments in school where the teacher would insist that you write 1500 words.  What if you could elegantly cover the topic in 1000?  What made 1500 so damn special anyways?</rant> Anyways, I digress.  What I think should be said in place of the 10 lines...

Offtopic :: New Family Member

Pretty damn cute if you ask me.  Though I'm not sure what my 1 yr old son thinks of the whole scenario.  He spent most of the weekend just following the puppy around.  

I'm with Rocky

While I refuse to get into the holy war that is going on between TDD enthusiasts and Rocky, I must say that I found this post pretty much summed up everything I have to say on the TDD front.  Unit tests by developers are definitely not a replacement for a QA team.  Where I do employ tests most often is in tricky parts of business logic, complex calculations, etc. The CRC method is the method I use for design.  It's straightforward, clean, and easy.  I would say the CRC link in his post is the hidden gem of the whole debate,...



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