VB.Net

  • Review: Gurock SmartInspect

    About a year ago, I was blogging at CodeBetter and I was given a product in hopes that I would review it. In fact I had won a copy of this product in the past. I promised and promised that I would take a look at it, but I never got around to it. Mainly because I didn’t have a use (or thought I didn’t have a use) for a logging product at the time. Logging isn’t really all that "sexy" and I was trying to dive deep into all kinds of things. Well, with my day job...

  • Writing Better JS Components

    Perry (my boss... a developer/manager... he codes and manages) and I have been having a recurring conversation lately. One that keeps bringing to my mind a product that I knew about when I worked for ZAC Catalogs (way back in the day). I would daresay that none of you had even heard of it (although we did pick it up as a result of Xtras carrying it, so maybe a few of you knew about it). I believe it was a called "MFC DataGrid Wizard" or something like that. Anyway what it did was build a custom DataGrid component for...

  • Core Addin Challenge: 2 weeks with CodeRush/Refactor Pro (CR/R!)

    [As previously mentioned I have committed to switching from ReSharper (R#) to CR/R!... the end result will be a regular guy’s comparison of the 2.  DISCLAIMER: By no means is this meant to be a slight on R#, but more of me looking at CR/R! a little closer -- I think a number of us took a cursory look at CR/R! and while we found value a surface look doesn’t really give you the full picture... I’m going through the challenges of using CR/R! because it IS different from R# and hopefully I can help folks who are trying to...

  • MS MVC Thoughts

    [NOTE: I haven’t quite had much of a chance to look at the new Preview 4, so take this as someone nearly informed. I haven’t read about anything in the Preview 4 that changes what I’m going to say. Also, remember that I am the admin/editor of the blog site which is Alt Alt.NET... so testability/mockabilty doesn’t really resonate with me.] I know it’s shocking that I would have something to weigh in on MS MVC, but I do. For those who don’t know. I took some issue with Ayende’s "leaky abstraction" back in my CodeBetter days (they had...

  • Core Addin Challenge : Hello CodeRush/Refactor Pro

    [Disclaimer: Before I start this series I want you all to know that I love Resharper! It has made me a better developer, and if you pay attention you will see why I think that. At the same time I love Dev Express. As a company they are constantly giving back to the community. While I’m not a fan of Mark Miller’s humor, their addin framework is about the best you will find IMO... and Scott Hanselman (ScottHa from here on) loves CodeRush/Refactor. I love ScottHa; he has shown me all kinds of cools utility that I couldn’t live without......

  • An Answer to my post for young programmers

    My good buddy (actually my best friend from High School), "The Witt" complained that I wasn’t being helpful to programmers who are trying to learn the craft when I posted two weekends ago on "A Question you should ask when hiring a non-entry level developer." (OK, he wasn’t the only one... but, hey, we have a history, so he can get me to post a response, and you can’t... deal...) I decided that our subsequent conversation in email would make a good followup post for those who want to know what they should be doing, and with his...

  • A Question you should ask when hiring a non-entry level developer

    And I mean every developer. If you are an entrepreneur and you are hiring a consultant to work on your hot idea you need to do this. It could cost you everything if you don’t. I recently took on a side project. It’s a return to a project I did 2 years ago. Since I have worked on it there have been at least 2 other people on the project. I’m writing this for the Business Development guy (the guy I assume hired the other folks). I am not writing this to "cut" on the other developer (I am...

  • Necessary Evil??

    I want to write today about the 300lb Gorilla that none of us really wants to talk about. I'm talking about the people we use to find new jobs. As you may be aware I closed down IntraDynamics, LLC (well, I have greatly curtailed my company's offerings),and got a new job (at Answers Systems, Inc.) I was "exchanging notes" with my new boss regarding the process and discovered some things (none of this is surprising, but you may want to think about it next time you are pursuing a new job). I had two recruiters that were aware of my interview...