Saturday, December 11, 2004


Is there anyone in the world that moves text around by hilighting some text and then dragging that little rectangular outline to a new spot with the mouse button? Is there anyone in the world that has ever renamed a folder while selecting a download location? Is there anyone in the world that wants to see folder contents in any view other than Details?

Thursday, December 09, 2004

I like to collect lists of valuable resources - the kinds of things that you can get cheap, but are incredibly useful. For the past 6 months I've been doing all VB.NET / ASP.NET work, so here's a list of recommended reading and resources that good enough and cheap enough to get anyone going in a big way:

Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Programmer's CookbookPaperback: 800 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.01 x 8.99 x 7.38 Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (June 11, 2003) ISBN: 073561931X

Building Applications and Components with Visual Basic .NET By Ted Pattison, Dr. Joe Hummel Paperback: 512 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.07 x 9.32 x 7.04 Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (October 17, 2003) ISBN: 0201734958

Essential ASP.NET with Examples in Visual Basic .NET
by Fritz OnionPaperback: 432 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.28 x 7.38 Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (February 11, 2003) ISBN: 0201760398

ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start
by Scott Mitchell Paperback: 432 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 9.22 x 7.38 Publisher: Sams; 1st edition (February 12, 2003) ISBN: 0672325012

XSLT Quickly
Excellent XSLT tutorial with tons of examples. The ebook is available from Manning for only $15 for a download.

Essential XML Quick Reference: A Programmer's Reference to XML, XPath, XSLT, XML Schema, SOAP, and MoreFree download :

1. Go to
2. Select “Library” in the menu bar at the top
3. Select “.NET Development” in the left navigation menu
4. .. then “.NET Framework SDK”
5. .. then “.NET Framework”
6. .. then “Reference”
7. .. then “Class Library” for documentation on ALL the .NET framework namespaces
8. .. or “Compiler and Language Reference” for VB.Net manuals
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DotNetRocks! is a weekly "radio" show conducted online by Carl Franklin and his sidekick Rory Blyth. Every week, they put the archive on the site as downloadable MP3 files, which you can then burn to CD. The material and the guests are incredible! Great free resource.

Friday, December 03, 2004

The challenge of multiple and incompatible IDEs ... In the past few weeks it's been a constant shuttling between VS.NET 2003 for ASP.NET code, SQL Navigator for Oracle work, Stylus Studio for XSL work, and an occasional TextPad for various odd catch-all usage. All of these are used on the same project, so it's a constant Alt-Tab-festival between the various open tools. Tabbing and keyboarding is different and incompatible within at least SQL Navigator, which exhibits some very bizarre and different behavior in the area of text selection and tabbing for copy/paste.

There should be some sort of standard keyboard action sets that different products can officially support. Didn't there used to be the Windows UI standards or something? All I know is when I'm (trying to) quickly whip around, and it's all day every day, it really starts to wear on you. Brings to mind the bread factory that Joel desciribes - and he's right! It's the little things add up and wear you down...

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