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Since starting at my job in 2008, I have had the pleasure of working with a mature, skilled agile development team. I am working with Thoughtworks employees, where Martin Fowler is the Chief Scientist. I've learned quite a few things from the people at Thoughtworks on agile methodology and the agile software development life cycle and just want to throw ......

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Oct 08
Working at TransCanada now so if you are an old friend send me a holler and we can hit up some lunch. I haven't bumped into anyone I know yet - it's quite strange. Well I've bumped into a couple of people I know in Seattle here - in Calgary. Small world.

Well not entirely - I'm still working in Seattle, but yes, I moved back to good old Canada. Decided to try independent contracting up there - we'll see how it goes as well. Threw together a web site at http://www.onshoresoftware.ca with some personal information about myself and experience. I'd like to get something going in Calgary but its been a bit ......

The beta2 version was released a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it's pretty awesome. For keeping up on the lastest developments bookmark http://blogs.msdn.com/xna/. Writing games got me addicted to coding back in the old Vic20 days and continues to be a hobby passion. The consolidation of DirectX into a more unified managed framework is exciting ......

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Dec 05
Looks like I am staying on my contract for another 6 months. While I am in the midst of finishing up my real projects, I am tasked with putting together an integration application with http://maps.google.com and City of Seattle address data. What is quite funny is that even though I am utilizing C# on the backend to perform my queries, the application ......

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Dec 05
I recently had the opportunity to dabble in a concept project utilizing AJAX and have been quite impressed with the implementation of a free library found at http://www.schwarz-interact... for 1.1 or http://dotnet2.schwarz-inte... for 2.0. Implementation is as easy as setting a reference to the library, adding an entry to your web.config ......

I recently had the need to tunnel a protected resource through a firewall and found a great practical use for HttpHandlers.

Click http://geekswithblogs.net/aguest/articles/58795.aspx to read walkthrough and complete code.



So if you've decided to use syntax such as this myDropDownListBox.Items[0].... = true; or ListItem foo = myDropDownListBox.Items.Fin... = true; you will get the 'A DropDownList cannot have multiple items selected' error. Seems to me that if the code sets the Selected attribute on an item in a list which by definition ......

Well its been a great year. I'm thinking of moving on from my current contract - been 4 years slogging on at the same area. Longest contract I've ever had - heck, longest job I've ever had. Well, on to more interesting things - like code. We have developed a unified Framework here where I am contracting at to centralize (aka reuse) more commonly used ......

So once a year or so I decide to build the latest and greatest computer within my budget and this time (drum roll) I'm going with AMD. I've been an Intel die-hard for so long and after reading and researching price/performance I've decided on the AMD FX-55. It looks sweet. So I've spec'd out my system and this is what I've come up with: Purchased Lian-Li ......

It's been quite a while since my last blog post so let me try and recall some interesting things I've ran into since I've lasted posted. Books that I've read: Design Patterns in C# published by Addison Wesley ISBN 0-321-12697-1Programming C# published by O'Reilly ISBN 0-596-00309-9C# in a Nutshell by O'Reilly ISBN 0-596-00181-9 ......

Well, I sure hope that the next version of the IDE has fixed the IIS integration bugs. VS 2003 fixed all of the editor bugs but has introduced some oddities with (my experience so far) asp.net and IIS. Having to re-execute aspreg_iis.exe -i a couple of times a month because somehow the IIS mappings with ASP.NET get buggered is a pet peeve. Unable to ......

Have you ever had one of those days where you sat down at your computer, reviewing the “latest” requirements specification only to find out that something that was supposed to be finished now has major rework? Well that was my day today. The original requirement was just to have some contacts added from different departments to an application ......

DataGrid, ViewState and SelectedIndex The ViewState of an ASP.NET page is a hidden field that the ASP.NET framework uses to maintain the state of a web page. When a user posts a page to the server, the server will restore the contents of the controls by parsing out the state and restoring the state in the Base64 encoded field. If you've worked with ......

Ever have client side code generated out of your User Controls? You aren't protected by INamingContainer in your Javascript functions - here's a simple approach to handle this issue. http://geekswithblogs.net/a... ......

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