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I’m currently working with a data table that stores member information. In the table itself, the member’s first and last names are each stored as the following respectively: mbr_1st_nam mbr_lst_nam I don’t know who chose these names, but this definitely begs for reconsideration. 1 and l are too close in design in some fonts, and when playing around with large amounts of TSQL in terminal like fonts, I don’t want to have to strain or waste additional time wondering if that’s an l or 1. So what do these ......

Personally, I’m itching to download the CTP of 2010, but the fail download links are becoming a bit of a downer. On the bright side, however, is that if you didn’t have the ability to attend PDC this year Channel 9’s got you covered. Getting to the wealth of information is a little cryptic, so here’s a link over to Julia Lerman’s DevLife with a roadmap to the video content: http://blogs.eweek.com/devl... There ......

I was checking out the Stack Overflow site recently and stumbled upon a question concerning what a programmer should look for in a new position. The post’s accepted and best rated solution was to refer to a test posted to the Joel on Software blog entitled The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code. After I perused this link which I had not personally seen before, I had to agree that most of these items would, in general, improve the status of my work environment. I have given myself the task of seeing ......

Recent news from PDC is that the CTP for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 are waiting to be tested by you! Chris Koenig’s blog has more information: http://blogs.msdn.com/chkoe... You might want to check out what he has to say, because it sounds as if the preview is a little quirky to get started, but if you can’t wait to start downloading the files, go ahead to the download page here: https://connect.microsoft.c... ......

NOTICE: Due to a scheduling conflicts as Halloween activities the October meeting has been moved 1 week to Wednesday, November 5th. Sorry for any inconvenience. .Net User Group Meeting location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:15 PM Sponsored by: Portico Learning Solutions Presenter Jeremy Beckham BIO: Jeremy is a Senior Developer for High Power Consulting, Inc. and has over 5 years of experience in .Net and SQL Server development. He's worked on projects ranging from ......

Hey guys, I’m going to recap day 1 of CISD’s Annual Tech Conference and Expo, which targets the IT field in Louisiana. Overall I found the majority of the presentations enjoyable, but here goes what I took home from the conference personally. The Keynote by Ed Driesse The keynote speaker was the new CIO of the state of Louisiana. The man is passionate about what he does and it comes across in how he speaks. His vision is of a unified state system that has the necessary branches of information per ......

I’m back from my vacation, and I’ve attended the first day of CISD (missing the second day because of a bout of illness) I want to recap how things went for vacation and continue on with the articles soon, so keep an eye out. To those of you enjoying PDC and PDC swag, I’m very, very jealous :| Technorati Tags: PDC ......

If you haven’t already checked it out, it’s definitely worth a look at the new design for geekswithblogs.net. The new design brings a bit of a “hipper” aspect to the scene, and we all know how blogging about software development deserves to be hip :) Check out the updated look: http://www.geekswithblogs.net Technorati Tags: GWB,GeeksWithBlogs 3.0 ......

My posts have been strained the past few days, so I figured it would be best to let you guys know I’m on vacation until next Wednesday. Today I’ll be leaving for New Orleans for Voodoo, then Monday and Tuesday I’ll be back in Baton Rouge for the CISD Annual Conference. I’ll give a recap and continue on with the code snippet series when I return, but until then probably won’t post updates :) See you guys next week! Technorati Tags: Voodoo,CISD,Vacation ......

Recently I posted to ask what’s a good beginner programmer’s book, and I haven’t gotten any immediate response. Now I know that the post hasn’t had time to gestate, but usually from prior posts I do get responses first day. Ultimately, I think that the reason I’m not getting feedback is because some people are self-taught, and dug through the code and uncovered answers for themselves, some people are class taught, having great instructors that made the information make sense, and not many people ......

Lee and Sachi LeFever have made a pretty interesting video to cover how twitter can help strengthen your social network. you can watch the video here: http://dotsub.com/api/small... And I found this cool information via Community Credit’s forums! Technorati Tags: twitter,community credit ......

Here we are at part two of the Custom Code Snippet Series. In the previous part we covered how to make your own snippet by creating an XML .snippet file and adding to it the necessary content to get a custom snippet up and running. This time around, we’re going to cover the “Easy” method of creating custom code snippets: through a GUI. Thankfully, the MSDN itself has a Code Snippet Editor for both Visual Basic 2005 and 2008 available at the following links. This tutorial will make use of the Visual ......

After talking more and more with my classmates at University of Phoenix, it has become clear that many of them do not know the first thing about programming, but they are eager to learn more. When I was asked what’s a good book for beginners, I really do not have the answer. Personally, programming didn’t make sense to me until I had my first course in C. I had tried to learn from books prior to that point, but I was never successful. The books always made ridiculous assumptions about the individual’s ......

Have a couple free days in Baton Rouge this upcoming week? Well, if you’d like them to be less free there is an upcoming event. This will be my first trip to the conference, and I’m excited to see what it is about and to learn from speakers from Dell, Microsoft, IBM, and even the CIO of the state of Louisiana (for the keynote) Here’s the description from the website: Mark your calendars for one of Baton Rouge Metro’s largest premiere Information Technology events - The Seventeenth Annual Council ......

So, I’m a student at University of Phoenix and my curriculum will eventually cover Java. Having only worked with C, C++, C#, and VB (6, .NET) I have never tried Java on any development level. Ideally, I’d like to know Java for its portability, and then I could program for my BlackBerry ;) I rummaged through the eBooks that I have access to as a UoP student and found one that is most decidedly the book I’ll be using in my future course, The Fundamentals of Java Introductory Course by Ken Lambert and ......

If you follow the GWB blogs, chances are you’ll get tired of hearing this. However, the ASP.NET MVC Beta has been released, and I think a good amount of people are very excited for its release. I remember our BRDNUG meeting on the ASP.NET MVC, and how it was hard to tell anyone what would work for which preview version because of the vast differences and changes that occurred between the early previews and the later previews. Now that we have a beta, we should see a lot more stable MVC. From the ......

And the official name is… Windows 7. You might be wondering how this is news, but really Windows 7 has been the codename up until Monday when Mike Nash announced that it would be the official name as well. The idea is that Windows 7 will continue on from where Vista left off, but to go back to version numbers instead of years and other off the wall randomness to highlight aspiration. Mike gives the rundown on why the name was decided on his blog, here: http://windowsvistablog.com... ......

The SSUG meeting scheduled for tonight has been pushed back to October 23rd. Same line up as posted previously, just a reschedule. Sorry for the late notice, I just found out myself. Technorati Tags: SSUG ......

I mashed together a variety of random web resources on how to make a decent pre tag for code and the output looks like this (ignore how incredibly bad this code is... I was testing SVN and making sporadic changes... Steve McConnell would strangle me): Module Module1 Sub Main() Console.BackgroundColor = ConsoleColor.DarkBlue Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.White Console.Clear() My.User.InitializeWithWindo... Dim sw As New Stopwatch() sw.Start() Dim username As String = My.User.IsInRole(Applicatio... ......

In this brief series I’m going to go over creating your own custom code snippets for use in Visual Studio 2005 or later. We’ll be using the XML Schema from Visual Studio 2005, but I assure you it works for both. This series will contain three parts: The “Hard” Way The “Easy” Way Practical Example of an XML Snippet The reason we’re going to call this version the “Hard” way is because there are snippet generator apps available, including one made by the teams themselves. So before we begin, I’d like ......

In the Baton Rouge Area with as open Tuesday afternoon? Check out the SQL Server Users Group Meeting this week. Location: At Lamar Advertising Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored By: FuelTrac Presenter: Mike Huguet BIO Mike is an Enterprise Solutions Architect for Sparkhound, Inc. with over 9 years of experience in developing business solutions for Enterprise, Mid-market, and governmental customers. Five of those years have been as a consultant working with clients such as Jiffy ......

I’ll be honest that this did happen to me, and thankfully the MSDN straightened me out. For those of us who normally program for winforms, sometimes the switch to an ASP.NET project can prove to be a whole new world. For instance, I was working on a straightforward single page in ASP.NET 1.1 so that members of the same project could gather some information easily. The form itself had one field, and I wanted to ensure that the field was a number only. I added a RegularExpressionValidator and pointed ......

So I’m looking to make a purchase to learn more about design patterns. In Code Complete, Steve McConnell makes mention of design patterns very briefly, and I think it would be beneficial for me to go into more depth of my understanding. Currently I’m considering either Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by the GOF or Head First Design Patterns. Amazingly both books have 249 reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon. Personally, I think that I might benefit more from the in depth ......

Jeff just posted to announce the official five year anniversary of geekswithblogs’s first post. To bring home the celebration, the main portal will be getting an overhaul, and Jeff and other familiar GWB faces will be manning booths at the PDC and HDC. Check out Jeff’s post and a sneak peak at the new design here. Technorati Tags: GWB,GeekwWithBlogs.net,PDC2... ......

For those Linux devs who don’t have something adamantly against Microsoft, Mono 2.0 has been released! From the release notes: Mono 2.0 is a portable and open source implementation of the .NET framework for Unix, Windows, MacOS and other operating systems. Release Date: October 6th, 2008 Major Highlights Mono 2.0 is a major milestone in the Mono project, and it supports the following features: Microsoft Compatible APIs ADO.NET 2.0 API for accessing databases. ASP.NET 2.0 API for developing Web-based ......

Continuing on from what I started in the Part 1 post, I’m going to show you how to get set up with Windows Live mail for your domain (assuming GoDaddy, but correlations will be present). It’s easy, relatively quick, and will result in a free service that ought to minimize your mail frustration. Step 1: Get an account started on domains.live.com To get started, browse over to http://domains.live.com. Towards the bottom of the page, click get started and then enter in your domain information. Leave ......

If you use Visual Studio 2005 or later and you don't use snippets, you are missing out on yet another time saving feature. Snippets effectively allow you to drive your programming experience even further via Intellisense and keyword combinations, making repetitive tasks such as defining properties, encrypting and decrypting information, and connecting to data as easy as a few keystrokes. Yesterday I was thinking about how much snippets make sense from the perspective of programming. I remember when ......

I work on a two programmer team for a federal credit union. I’ve been here for six months now, and I’d like to explain the problems that I have with working here to you guys. Limited design experience. I have two years professional programming experience, and I’m finding road blocks when I try to learn more from the “Lead” programmer. For me, programming is a passion and something I want to know more and more about. For him, programming was a means to a job that he doesn’t want to get more out of. ......

So you’re running your fancy blog, and you bought a domain from somewhere that you’re using to point to that blog. Next step? You’re really wishing you had a consistent solution (or even any solution) for mail, so that you can have that admin@yoursuperawesomedomai... address to impress your friends and colleagues. Well, Windows Live has a powerful option for you, and best of all it is completely free! Here are some of the great features of getting Windows Live Hotmail to host your domain’s mail: ......

So you’ve got your free fancy express edition for VB or C#, you’ve created your new godlike application that you’ve just got to get out to the world and then the heavens rain all over your parade because you can’t find those other templates necessary to deploy your application. Now is not the time to give up, you can still get the job done with Click Once deployment, and Mary Lee over at the Visual Basic Team’s blog has got the tutorial to show you how. http://blogs.msdn.com/vbtea... ......

Here we are at the second week's task for the Manhattan Project: switching the user's database to MSSQL instead of SQLite. I'll be honest, there weren't any valuable resources I found for assistance in the creation of this tutorial. Mostly it was a combination of Try / Fail and guessing based on what I saw in the code for the MSSQL dll in the project. I might say that there weren't resources, but what I mostly mean is no tutorial. There are some .sql files to help get the database started, but that's ......

Now that the Manhattan Project has taken its first few baby steps, I think it would be best if I made a series of tutorials for those who want to keep up with the happenings, but might have lagged behind. This is the first in a large series of tutorials that I (and all those involved) want to have available to help those who have a little trouble getting started. To get some things straight, at least for myself, OpenSim is not a client for Second Life (I swear, this is what I thought before I got ......

I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ......

As a student of the University of Phoenix, I have made it a point to mention Dreamspark to every class I attend. Microsoft really does love the community, and is around to help those who use its products for development, or just for leisure as well. There are user groups all over the world that a dev can keep in touch with the latest Microsoft technologies. If you don't like attending groups in this world, there's even groups for virtual worlds. As continued proof of how much they do care about keeping ......

I just checked my google reader, and got a very interesting update from Zain Naboulsi, the Developer Evangelist for the louisiana, texas and arkansas region. According to Steve Lipner, Microsoft's security development lifecycle will be presented to a collection of consultant agencies at first, and then broadened to envelop more and more training after its inaugural year. In addition, Microsoft's SDL Threat Modeling tools will become freely available in November. To read the Q and A with Steve, check ......