# Saturday, June 21, 2003

I finally did it!

 

I finally broke 20 minutes for the 10 km bike course at Central Park. The stats: 19:49 minutes, 6.4 miles (slightly more than 10K) at 19.1 mph average speed.

 

What was the secret? Well for starters, it was raining so the circuit was less crowded, meaning no psycho rollarbladers trying to kill me. (Don’t take offence rollarbladers, I am one of you weeknights.) Second was my built up frustration at Microsoft SQL Server Merge Replication-more on that tomorrow…

posted on Saturday, June 21, 2003 1:26:06 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [18] Trackback
# Friday, June 20, 2003

The Microsoft .NET Evagelism Team

All I can say is that they rock. Eileen Crain is one of my heros. Jas Sandhu and I had so much fun in Dallas, he better come to KL!

Listen to them on .NET Rocks, a weekly internet-radio show. (I was on a month or two ago)

posted on Friday, June 20, 2003 12:41:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [13] Trackback

Another RD comes to The Dark Side…

 

Welcome to Blogland Jon Box, Microsoft Regional Director (RD) for Memphis and all around great guy. Jon and I have spent a good amount of time together on campus earlier this year for RD meetings and last year for CF Labs. He tolerates me-so he is ok in my book. J Can’t wait to read his blog with all of his CF experience.

 

User Group Heaven…

 

Speaking of RDs, Ken Getz was in the house last night as the speaker for our .NET Users Group in New York. Besides Andrew and myself, we had Boston RD Patrick Hynds in attendance as well as two of the local Microsoft office DEs, Paul Groves and Jim Williams-so people got answers to their questions!

 

Ken is a true rock star, every time I think that I am getting good at this speaking thing, Ken comes and blows me away with something. Last night was truly fabulous, people came from as far away as Albany and Boston to see Ken last night.  At the high point, we have I’d guess well over 135 people standing room only in the Yankee room at Microsoft to hear Ken. Ken spoke on Inheritance in Windows Forms (and mocked me in his slides-story of my life) and really captivated the audience.

 

All in attendance got a free MS Press book courtesy of Microsoft. There was even spontaneous applause for Microsoft! Giving the books and other goodies away at the break reminded me of the Baghdad looting shots on TV, what is it with developers with 6 figure incomes swarming over each other in a mad frenzy to get a $4 tee-shirt for free?

Why are developers cheap bastards? I guess it is in our nature.

 

posted on Friday, June 20, 2003 8:14:20 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [4] Trackback
# Thursday, June 19, 2003

Don't go Changing to try and Please me..

Yesterday I spoke at CeBIT North America and did two sessions: "Patching the holes in the Change Management Process" and "Extreme XML-Interoperability in Action".

This got me to talking with attendees about my favorite topics on change management, EMBRACING CHANGE. Way too many developers fight it, hate it and die by it. I have seen whole applications die over fighting change. Let's face it: CHANGE IS PART OF DEVELOPMENT.

At Zagat we embarked on a new initiative to build the company a new electronic on-line editorial systems. The “old” way of doing things was 100% paper based. So this was a radical change for the business. The business had no clue what they wanted, nor was the changing competitive landscape clear. So change was going to be a part of this system in a major way. But time to market was very important since we were preparing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

I told my lead architect that when he was designing version 1.0 of the "CMS" or Content Management System, that I will not evaluate him by how cool Version 1.0 is or how 1.0 is accepted by the business. I will evaluate him by how fast 2.0 is built on top of 1.0's base architecture. Now that was a challenge. Designing a system for change in the first place! This affected the entire culture about change management. Change was embraced.

But how to control it you may ask? A typical project gets at least a 25% change in requirements during development. Also, a typical project tends to experience a 1%-2% growth in requirements per month-so the longer your project takes, the more change you will have to endure in the way of new requirements.

Now that being said, sometimes you have to be a hard nose on change requests. Shipping is a feature. So how do you strike the delicate balance? That is the million dollar question. (And on some projects the cost is higher.) The answer is all about BUY IN. Get the business aligned with the change culture. Set up a change control board with stakeholders from all over the business. Some of the methods of change control are:

•         Allow changes that help to produce the best possible product in the time available. Disallow all other changes, even if budget permits.

•         Allow all affected parties to assess the schedule, resource, and product impacts of the change.

•         All change requests, assessments and re-estimations must be public.

•         Get agreement from Business and Development Team on the New Delivery Schedule and Build Plan.

Now the last bullet is most important. After you decide on a major change and alter the schedule by a month, under no circumstances do you say “Ok the schedule slips back a month” No no no. Bad the word slip in reference to change, slips are when people miss a deadline. When you schedule a change, you are realigning your schedule based on new business reality. Do not perceive this a slip or late. It is a trade off or a compromise. Trust me, this one little thing, changing your attitude on change can change your life! (pun intended)

Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

 

 

 

posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 2:52:43 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 18, 2003

New York, NY

"INETA Poster Boy-sort of"

Reuters Technology Director, Microsoft Regional Director for St. Louis and founder of INETA, Bill Evjen was in town last night. So fellow NYC RD, Andrew Brust and I went out on the town with Bill last night. We spent about 5 hours together drinking (there goes that reputation again) and talking about code, Microsoft, INTEA, the cost of developers in Bangkok, user groups, 80s music and eventually politics and women (Bill is married to a Finish national and he admitted that he lets her tell him who to vote for).

What was most amazing was that the huge Reuters electronic billboard in Times Square is #1 the world's largest electronic billboard (bigger than the second largest in the world across the street-the NASDAQ) and #2 runs on Microsoft Windows. Bill said that it has an XML feed to populate the data. This is so cool having such a large public sign run on Windows. I also know that the NASDAQ one runs on Windows as well, making Windows the cool electronic sign technology for Times Square.

 

posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 8:25:31 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 17, 2003

New York, NY

"5 unique sessions, 2 Continents, 2 weeks, 1 Mediterranean Sea"

Completely hellish work schedule, but could this rock any more for triathlon training? Usually you go away on business for 2 weeks and don't train or complain that there are not places to train. Well I get to spend two weeks in walking distance from the Mediterranean Sea, in Tunis and Barcelona. I will be presenting at the North African Developers Conference next week from June 26-28 and then the week (July 1-July 4) after at TechED Europe.

In Tunis I will be presenting (with the help of an Arabic translator):

Using SQL Server CE & SDE to build enterprise solutions

Using Regular Expressions in Windows Forms & ASP.NET

Asp .Net DataGrid Drill Down

These are fun sessions, I can't wait to deliver them. In Spain at TechED, I will be presenting two sessions for other people, but topics I am very familiar with:

Migrating Your Mission Critical Access Applications to SQL Server™  (DAT231)

Developing Applications with SQL Server Desktop Edition (MSDE) (DAT307)

These are fun sessions too, and bring me back to my old Jet roots. Kevin Collins, my Mt. Everest and PM of SQL Server CE will be happy to know we are still pushing a white paper we worked on (Jet Performance) in like 1998 in this session!

posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 10:15:41 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [23] Trackback
# Monday, June 16, 2003

He can drink, but can he code?

There was a time where I was known for being able to write some kick ass code. When I was 23 years old I use to stay up all night coding and then write an article about it. I’d like to think that I am older and wiser. Now I am more concerned with my 10K splits in the 40K bike event. But it seems that my old age is catching up with me, because now I have more of a reputation for partying and drinking. First Eileen Crain put me in charge of the party at TechED in Dallas and now Scott Hanselman today called me his hero, not because I can code, but because I can drink (just click on his name and see what I am talking about). So I feel that I have to rebut a little, I mean come on cut me some slack, I HAVE written code that BillG has demoed!

First of all, my internal clock is screwed up. As you all know I am in training for some triathlons. I have been getting up way too early to run in the park to run with a new running partner. She has to be back home at 7am, yes 7am, so I get up at 5:20 to start running at 5:45 with her. (Kathleen please quit your job so we can run later in the day.) Why do I run with her? Well she is FAST but also very motivated and it is hard to find a partner willing to run in the rain and such (ok, ok she is pretty damn cute too.) But this presents a problem for me. I am not an early bird. But I am also a light sleeper so I can't go back to sleep. So I spent from 7am to about noon just coding my brains out (no email or IM); then burnt out and did nothing but eat, IM people and rollerblade in the park all day. (Also had a huge 9oz “Wyoming” juicy burger with my lead dev, Al Cadalzo (who paid!), for lunch at Jackson Hole,). But I digress, so let's review my Monday morning:

I started with a few thousand lines of TSQL code (like every Monday nowadays it seems) and automated my company's data push of some new data. Basically I have to grab some data, compare it to other data, generate mathematical factors and then apply those factors and transform the data for the transformation to the web. Because my pal Richard Campbell  is such a pain in the ass, I could not use a cursor. So basically I had to use some temp tables and local variables. I got something in the end that looks like this (after all the temp tables and such), the damn casting really stole about 15 minutes of my life that I can never get back:

Select @CBFactor = @CBTotal_Factor/@CBTotal_UnFactor
Select @HJFactor = @HotJobsTotal_Factor/@HotJobsTotal_UnFactor

--update MS13_detail
UPDATE RPT_RCMS13_Detail
SET RPT_RCMS13_Detail.CareerBuilder = [CareerBuilder]*@CBFactor,
RPT_RCMS13_Detail.HotJobs = [HotJobs]*@HJFactor
WHERE weekending_dt=@weekending_dt

--create MS14
Insert Into dbo.RPT_RCMS14_Detail

Select Weekending_ID, Weekending_DT, Location_ID, WebSubLocation_ID,Location_NM, WebSubLocation_NM, CAST(CAST(CareerBuilder AS real) / CAST(TotalAmt
AS real) AS decimal(6, 3)) * 100 as CareerBuilderPer,    
CAST(CAST(HotJobs AS real) / CAST(TotalAmt AS real) AS decimal(6, 3)) * 100 AS HotJobsPer, CAST(CAST(Monster AS real) / CAST(TotalAmt AS real) AS decimal(6, 3)) * 100 AS MonsterPer, CAST(CAST(LocalNewsPaper1  AS real) / CAST(TotalAmt AS real) AS decimal(6, 3)) * 100 AS LocalNewsPaperPer1, LP1_Name, CAST(CAST(LocalNewsPaper2
AS real) / CAST(TotalAmt AS real) AS decimal(6, 3)) * 100 AS LocalNewsPaperPer2,  LP2_Name
From dbo.RPT_RCMS13_Detail
Where weekending_dt=@weekending_dt

 Ok, enough with the damn TSQL. TSQL is for babies. That was just to wake me up after my 8 mile run (yes 8 miles, 1.5 miles to meet Kathleen, 5 miles with her and 1.5 miles back home-how long until the Ironman?). Here was what grew some hair on my chest:

Jonathan Zuck drafted me to help ACT get their website online (like a friggin year ago). I could not say no since ACT has put me before Congress at least 4 or 5 times and introduced me to Heather Davisson, a DAR to my SAR as well as a fellow Scott and she likes to splurge and take me to lunch at Jean-Georges to the envy of all my friends (but I once had to take photos of Mike Piazza’s butt for her).  

Anyway, I did the site in C# and so far so good. We went live today. So I had to use a data repeater on this page on the left nav (well it is a user control so I can take advantage of fragmented caching since the data is loaded dynamically and the data is not that dynamic). But the problem is that the SQL returns repeating information for each row and we don’t want it to repeat in the nav hierarchy. I was way too lazy to do some funky TSQL (I know for wimps), so I decided to take the C# approach on the server. I have to use a data repeater and hide the title for each repeating row. So I would have to programmatically make invisible some client side HTML code on the server. I had to play with the data repeater template and basically make the HTML <tr> element that I want to conditionally hide run on the server (runat=server) so I can manipulate it programmatically on the server ItemEvent. It is real easy once you figure it all out. You set the HTML table row <tr> up with a unique ID (trheader ) and a runat=server. Then on the ItemEvent handler (my method RepeaterSkip) I grab the current data row by intercepting the binding and then compare that to the module level static variable, if they are the same, I make the row (<tr>) invisible, if not, I live and let live and stuff the current value to skip on the next row into the module variable for comparison on the next fireing of the event.

Here is my repeater:

<asp:repeater id="Repeater1" runat="server">

<ItemTemplate>                                 

<tr id="testid" runat=server>

<td width="126" colSpan="2" height="9"><b>"><%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "IssueCat") %></font></b></td>

</tr>

                          

<tr>

<td width="2" height="9"></td>

<td width="6" height="9"><IMG height="1" src="images/onepixel.gif" width="6"></td>

<td width="116" height="9"><A class="toc" href='issue.aspx?IssueID=<%#DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Issue_ID") %>'>

<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Issue_DS") %></A></td>

</tr>

<td width="2" height="9"></td>

</ItemTemplate>

<SeparatorTemplate>

<hr>

</SeparatorTemplate>

</asp:repeater>

So the event that fires is handled by the RepeaterSkip (inside a user control) method I wrote:

private void RepeaterSkip(Object sender, RepeaterItemEventArgs e)

{

    string strCatID;

 

    //This is going to fire for the <ItemTemplate> items only

     if (e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.Item || e.Item.ItemType == ListItemType.AlternatingItem)

        {

         //get the data that is in the current record

         //and stuff it into a DataRecord

         DbDataRecord dbr   = (DbDataRecord) e.Item.DataItem;

         //Get the current value of the item being databound

         strCatID = dbr["Cat_ID"].ToString();

         //compare to the module static variable and if the same

         //make the HTML invisible

          if (strCatID.Equals(m_strCatID))

             {

              //My HTML has this in it: <tr id="testid" runat=server>

              ((System.Web.UI.HtmlControls.HtmlTableRow)e.Item.FindControl("trheader")).Visible = false;

                           }

               //now make the module variable the same as the current item

               m_strCatID = strCatID;

               }

            }

 

 

private void LoadLeftNav ()

{

   //fill the repeater

   SqlConnection conn = new SqlConnection(System.Configuration.ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["ConnectionString"]);

   SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("usp_SEL_IssueMenu",conn);

   SqlDataReader dr;

 

   conn.Open();

   dr=cmd.ExecuteReader(CommandBehavior.Default);

             

   //get the issue information

 

   Repeater1.DataSource=dr;

   Repeater1.DataBind();

}

 

Lastly, my pal Tom Halligan (who is stuck in Access-land) emailed me asking: "Hey is there a command I can use to close all open forms at once?"

 

He wanted to use an Access macro! God forbid! He wants to understand VBA, so I had to write it for him. So I wrote this in-between thinking about my datarepeater and wishing I were asleep, VBA is so much fun sometimes:

 

Sub TomisCool()

'why the f**k do you need a macro silly boy?
'remember that i am harmless!

'form object
Dim frm As Form

'loop through all open forms
For Each frm In Application.Forms
    'close the current form
    DoCmd.Close acForm, frm.Name, acSaveYes
'move next
Next frm

'check out my new car: http://autos.yahoo.com/newcars/details/porsche03911turbo/model_overview.html?refsrc=autos/home

End Sub

 

He responded (I think mostly to my calling my insurance company to price how much the new Porsche 911 Turbo I am buying will cost me in insurance):

 

Thanks. You have issues

 

Maybe I do.

 

posted on Monday, June 16, 2003 9:05:17 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Saturday, June 14, 2003

New York, NY

Planning a Bike Ride

I hate Los Angles. I don't even know why. I think it is the urban sprawl. Yet I always have fun (sometimes way too much fun) when I go there, which is at least 2 times a year. This year was looking good until Microsoft announced that the Professional Develoeprs Conference or PDC will take place in LA. The PDC is not an annual event like TechEd or other shows, it just happens when it happens, or when new technology is around the corner, so it is special to attend. That said, I boycotted the last one in Fall 2001 since it was in LA and figured I'd do the same this year. But I had way too much fun with and learned too much from my fellow Microsoft Regional Directors in Dallas that I have to attend in LA.

So what does have to do with planning a bike ride you may ask? Well my good friend and fellow RD Ken Getz wants to ride bikes across the country next year. So Tom Howe had an idea to ride from Los Angles to San Diego after the PDC. What a great training and motivational ride for us and Ken. The plan currently is to do it in 2.5 days and take the train back. I want to push Ken to do it in 2 days, but will do whatever he wants in the end. I also plan to top it all off with a surfing lesson from Steve Hendricks when we arrive in La Jolla

posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 5:07:43 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] Trackback
# Friday, June 13, 2003

New York, NY

Long Live TSQL

Why can I never remember the IsNull(foo,0) function in SQL Server. It is an ISNULL or NZ type of function that converts a null value to the item specified, which in this case is a zero. I don't know why I forget this code all the time is that I go back to my Access roots and try to do an NZ() or the Null to Zero function specific to the Access object model. (Old habits die hard!) Well I can usually IM my good friend Al for help, which I did today, but now here is an example of using IsNull in a TSQL string:

update tblSummaryByLocation_WebSublocation
set LocalNewsPaper=IsNUll(LocalNewsPaper1,0)+IsNUll(LocalNewsPaper2,0)+IsNUll(LocalNewsPaper3,0)
WHERE Weekending_ID= @Weekending_ID

 

I am also sick of using the CASE statement, this code requires me to know something about my data, can' t wait for the Yukon PIVOT keyword:

SELECT     dbo.tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_ID, dbo.tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_DT, dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_ID, dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_NM,
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping.WebSublocation_ID,
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping.WebSublocation_DS,                       SUM(TotalListings) AS GrandTotal, SUM(CASE tlkpServiceProviders.Service_NM WHEN 'Hot Jobs' THEN TotalListings ELSE 0 END) AS HotJobsTotal,
                      SUM(CASE tlkpServiceProviders.Service_NM WHEN 'Monster' THEN TotalListings ELSE 0 END) AS MonsterTotal,
                      SUM(CASE tlkpServiceProviders.Service_NM WHEN 'Career Builder' THEN TotalListings ELSE 0 END) AS CareerBuilderTotal

FROM         dbo.tblData INNER JOIN
                      dbo.trelServiceURL ON dbo.tblData.URL_ID = dbo.trelServiceURL.URL_ID INNER JOIN
                      dbo.tlkpLocation ON dbo.trelServiceURL.Location_ID = dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_ID INNER JOIN
                      dbo.tlkpServiceProviders ON dbo.trelServiceURL.Service_ID = dbo.tlkpServiceProviders.Service_ID INNER JOIN
                      dbo.tlkpWeekEnding ON dbo.tblData.WeekEnding_ID = dbo.tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_ID INNER JOIN
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping ON dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_ID = dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping.Location_ID INNER JOIN
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping_Detail ON
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping.WebSublocation_ID = dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping_Detail.WebSublocation_ID INNER JOIN
                      dbo.tblLocationSub ON dbo.trelServiceURL.SubLocation_ID = dbo.tblLocationSub.SubLocation_ID AND
                      dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_ID = dbo.tblLocationSub.Location_ID AND
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping_Detail.Sublocation_ID = dbo.tblLocationSub.SubLocation_ID

Where tlkpWeekEnding.weekending_id= @Weekending_ID

GROUP BY dbo.tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_ID, dbo.tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_DT, dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_ID, dbo.tlkpLocation.Location_NM,
                      dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping.WebSublocation_ID, dbo.tblLocationSub_WebMapping.WebSublocation_DS, dbo.tblLocationSub.SubLocation_ID,
                      dbo.tblLocationSub.SubLocation_DS

 

 

posted on Friday, June 13, 2003 3:25:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [14] Trackback
# Thursday, June 12, 2003

New York, NY

 

MCP Certification Rant

 

To get certified or not certified, that is the question. An attendee in my C# class on Tuesday at Advisor DevCon asked me as an employer how I feel about Microsoft certifications. In the past I poo-pooed certifications, but the more that I think about it, the more that I think that it is a benefit. Not that studying and passing a test impresses me, but the process of studying for the exams is a great experience. You have to put in a lot of time and effort studying and that says something to me.

 

So what route do you take? Do you get a lot of letters after you name like Patrick Hynds. As what point do you get no value from MC*.* as Scott Hanselman puts it?

 

Well I would suggest to developers to take the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for Microsoft .NET route. It gives you exposure to WinForms, Web, Web Service and Requirements/Architecture exposure. Along with the elective (I suggest SQL Server), that is a great study course.

posted on Thursday, June 12, 2003 9:17:39 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 11, 2003

St. Louis, MO

DevCon is over but it was a success. The past few DevCons have had very low attendance. Not this one. Attendance is on an upswing. Maybe it is an indication of the market. Despite the recent dip in unemployment, I have been sensing a small resurgence in the tech market. While we are not going to return to the go-go 90s .com mania, a lot of jobs have been coming in to the User Group's listserver. This makes me happy since so many friends and colleagues have been struggling for work. I know some really talented developers who have been out of work for over a year. Another indicator is that TechEd last week was a huge amount of people, about 10,000.

“Biking Cross Country”

Ken Getz spoke about potentially riding bikes across the United States. We knew that Tom Howe would also want to do it, so we asked him and now we have a team. We are looking to potentially do this ride next fall (Fall of 2004). This will be great training for me doing this ride to prepare for the Marathon in Antarctica in 2005 and the IronMan triathlon in Hawaii, at some point in my life.

"Its Not What You Know..."

One thing that I realize everything that I speak at a conference is the great friendships that I have with the other speakers. This also extends beyond just enjoying spending time with each other, usually when I need a code example or business advice I call or email a fellow speaker. Usually when one of us has a gig we can't do we call a fellow speaker to pinch hit. This is a great circle of friends and a great resource. It is a very strong and close group, we all trust each other and can work with each other quite well. Last night Ken Getz said that it is very refreshing to spend time with each other besides what I wrote above because we are all very much self-aware of who we are and what we want. I think that this plays into our helping each other, we are all black and white.

 

 

 

posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 1:59:15 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Las Vegas, Nevada (Speaking at Advisor DevCon)

DevCon is over! As fast as it started, it ended. I did two great sessions today, a repeat of my ADB302: DataGrid session and ADB206: C# for Visual Basic Developers. I had a lot of fun doing these sessions and the evaluations were great so far. I have really moved to C# and it is great to explain C# to other people who are considering moving to C#.

"Confessions of a C# from VB Convert"

I have been programming in VB for about 8 years, so it took a lot for me to mentally make the switch-but once I did, I honestly felt that C# is a more natural language for me. I don't regret all the years I spent in VB, the language treated me very well. But now that I am using C# (and have been for almost a year), I can’t ever see going back. Part of it is ego-you feel like a better programmer since you are using a more “advanced” language, and the perception in the marketplace is that C# developers are more valuable, a recent survey said that C# developers make and average of  $26,000 a year than VB developers. But the other part is the strictness of the language. I am a anal-retentive control freak and C# is an anal- retentive control freak language. That is why I love it so. I use to mock C# and say it was not a good language, but I was WRONG. Sorry to Patrick O’Toole and Conrad Frix who are still the die hard VB holdouts and feel betrayed by my conversion. (The evil Al Cadalzo had to tell them!)

Mike Groh was one of the speakers who attended my session on C# today and he and I spoke at lunch about some of the points that I made in the session. He said that the arguments I made were sound. He likes how C# is so much more compact than VB and thinks that the demos that I have show illustrate that point. I tend to think that C# just forces you to create more tight code than VB. Not allowing implicit conversion and forcing you to use a variable really appeal to me. Some things in VB really piss me off, like OrElse or my #1 gripe using = for comparison as opposed to every other language using ==. An equals sign is for assignment not comparison, except in VB! Ok, enough about C# v VB, at the end of the day it is just a "lifestyle choice". 

"Tumi Bag Obsessions"

All of my speaker friends use Tumi bags. You know that we are silly people and geeking out if we spend about 20 minutes talking about the bags. Ken Getz gave us a demonstration on how to put the bag on, you put your arm through the strap, hold the top handle with your free hand and then pull it over your shoulder to pull the other arm through. At no point is the weight of the contents of the bag on the strap. See we are geeks. No wonder why girls don't hang out with us. :)

posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 9:44:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback