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Jonathan Starr's Blog Thoughts on C#, Ajax, WCF, LINQ, Agile et al. November 2007 Entries
Timothy Ferriss - Experiments in Lifestyle Design
I need to give a shout out to Timothy Ferris and his blog Experiments in Lifestyle Design. He recently posted about Tich Nhat Hanh - my favorite Buddhist writer. And he has posts on how to outsource your work, how to learn foreign languages quickly.... and generally how to incorporate more - travel, adventure, etc in to your life. He is certainly a terrific inspiration, and my goal is to implement 10% of his hints now... Hopefully, my life will vastly improve - and yours too - from his wisdom. Thanks ......

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:47 PM

New Links!

Thought this was fun!

Trunk Monkey

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:27 PM

Kindle is not the next iPod... yet
With the success Apple has had rolling out the iPod, Amazon is trying to follow suit. They just released a new eBook device called the Kindle, and most reviewers are not taking kindly to it. They cite the high cost ($400) for the gadget as well as its limited web access (only to certain blogs, nytimes.com and amazon.com) as significant drawbacks. The glare reduction engineered in the product, and the fact that it saves trees are pluses. Generally I do not want to bring a laptop when I go on vacation ......

Posted On Saturday, November 24, 2007 12:59 PM

A Modest Mideast Proposal
I know that politics is a taboo subject for a blog devoted to technology. However, I have come across an interesting and, in my opinion, logical solution to the problems in the Mideast. My view is an American one, and perhaps I don't take into account all of the needs of other participants. However you may at least find my view provocative if not entertaining or feasible. There are a few points that I need to make first (like mathematical lemmas), and then I will combine these points to make my proposal. ......

Posted On Friday, November 23, 2007 8:30 PM

Check this out - Scott Guthrie posted on this blog!
So very cool... One of my favorite bloggers (and developer/manager extraordinaire), Scott Guthrie, posted a response on my blog. Looks like he really cares about the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Release (and it does not go unnoticed here.) Anyway, I will hold off writing about Silverlight until it becomes available. Thanks again, Scott. Jonathan ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 10:14 PM

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 - This really is cool!
improve my => 'code' Wow.... made my first WPF application in seconds flat on Beta 2. Now when you create a button on the form, you can double click it to make it's event handler, and code right in the contents. And even more important, the compilations are lightning fast now... Here's my first application - a Fizz Buzz game (must have beer on the brain). The XAML <Window x:Class="FizzBuzz.Window1" xmlns="http://schemas.micro... xmlns:x="http://schemas.mic... ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 8:56 PM

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is here!
Just downloaded and installed on my machine. It took forever to install... Seriously, I saw this picture without any updates for over twenty minutes on my 2GB RAM machine. Anyway, I can't wait to get me some Silverlight, and maybe spin the tires on WPF (as this version is supposed to be much more stable)... Hopefully I will have some time to share my experiences with you here soon. Happy coding, Jonathan ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 8:16 PM

My My MyGeneration Baby...
improve my => 'code' Okay, I admit it. I don't like to use generation software tools - mostly because I know I can always do it better by hand. Also, cut & paste seems to be the most error prone way to write software - you end up writing everything twice that way. In my latest project, however, the sheer volume I had to write and test in a short period of time had me scrambling to use UltraEdit, Visual Studio Macros, Visual Studio snippets - everything but the proverbial kitchen sink - to ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 7:03 PM

Ever want to add regions to your .NET code quickly?
improve my => 'code' I do this quickly now with a free tool from Meridium made available by the good people at CodeProject.com (1000 Thanks) http://www.codeproject.com/... Follow the directions to install (I appreciate the fact that the tool works without problems with Resharper), and just click on the method for which you want to add regions, and type <control> + d. It even tries to add comments, but will not interfere with you previous comments made (nice!) The ......

Posted On Sunday, November 18, 2007 3:52 PM

InternalsVisibleTo - Useful .NET Attribute...
improve my => 'code' .. though it is not very well documented. I have found it very useful to expose internal interfaces for unit test projects in order to initialize many types of objects at one time (when they all implement the same interface). Of course, I did not want to switch over the access modifier for the interfaces every time I wanted to run unit tests, so I used the InternalsVisibleAttribute This attribute can also be very useful for types you want to expose to your own assemblies, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 18, 2007 3:42 PM

Skydived into Skydrive...
I did a quick test of Microsoft's new Skydrive service last night. It appears that Microsoft provides about 1 GB of storage for each Live account, with a cap of 30 MB per file. Microsoft allows you to create your own custom link to your content ala http://xyzzy.spaces.live.com/ where xyzzy is a name you can choose. Only complaints? I could not upload more than one file at a time for some reason, and the site was slow (perhaps because there were a lot of users at time of launch?) Anyway, you may want ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 8:58 AM

Windows Live Writer - Beta is here...
I finally got around to downloading the Beta version for Windows Live Writer from here. It does have a few features that we don't have on the geekswithblogs.net web site... Such as inserting map links... The most interesting feature found so far are plugins that can be added to blogs. It looks like they have built some integrations with Flickr, and Visual Studio (I will definitely be using this one), Picasa, and Snagit. Here is a sampling. It took forever to install Live Writer, but the plugin feature ......

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 11:38 PM

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