Saturday, February 14, 2004

A great waste of time

So I found this little game online that I can't stop playing. It's the only Trials game I've ever seen. You only have the arrow keys to balance, accelerate, and jump. To begin wasting your time on an addictive little game click here

Quote of the Day

<quote src="PixieStitch"> PH34R His Madskillz. < funtion run="translation" value="True" > Fear his abilties. </quote>

Thanks PixieStitch, this made me smile! :-)

Starbuck flows through my blood

I know that I haven't blogged since Wednesday. And lets face it, that one wasn't terribly exciting. (Not that this one is going to be some great literary work either) It's just that work has been so nuts. We are implementing the CMS from Bravo Zulu. It's called SiteSolution. I really can't speak highly enough about it. It uses XSL to translate the XML extract from the database in to, well your website.

So now that I have this amazing web publishing and content management tool, I have to get the entire web site into it. That doesn't sound that bad right? I didn't think so either, until I did the spreadsheet. I listed the pages, and the elements that need to be on each of those pages. It looks like I am creating star charts. The thing is huge. And of course, I need to have this all done yesterday. So I haven't been sleeping too much here lately.(IE the complete lack of creativity.) Don't get me wrong, I am really happy to do this project, it is something I have wanted at work for 2 years now. But it is a lot of work. I have to not only touch every page, but every element on the page. I was working from my memory as to what was done and what wasn't till yesterday. I can't believe I did that. It was so much to keep track of. So like I said, not sleeping great. And you know what that means. Yes more coffee. Starbuck Venti Quad Soy White Chocolate Mocha.(I believe that in the future this may replace fossil fuels in cars) Starbucks flows through my blood, currently it is the replacement for oxygen. (being asthmatic oxygen and I have always had a sketchy relationship as it is.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

prepare for the documentation

So I was up till just about 1am last night getting all of the documentation and programming standards completed and ready for presentation at our meeting today. So of course we ran long and no one even got to see all of the hard work that Ed and I have into it. In less than two days we have come up with out programming standards, a group version and install of VSS and documentation coding standards. Now that rocks. The next things we are going to have to work on are application standards and modular code practices.

Documentation from Comments in C#

Documentation is one of the hardest thing for a developer to do. Not because we don't understand what needs done. No that isn't it at all, it is because it is boring. However it is amazingly necessary. Have you ever written something down and dirty and then later have to go back and update it, and find that it takes 2 hours to figure out what you were thinking when you wrote that? I know I have. This is where C# comes in. More specifically C# in Visual Studio. In C# there is inline documentation. So if you comment as you code, you can actually build your documentation as you build your project. Here are some great links that explain it all very well

Monday, February 09, 2004

New Must have App

So Ed today finds this new "Must have" app. And he was right. A little background is order. At work we are a Microsoft shop. So we have applications that are written just for IE 5.5 and above. These are internal applications where some of the MS-only functionality is helpful and allowable. However I hate the fact that Internet Explorer doesn't have tabs. Netscape had it, Opera has it, Firefox has it but not IE. So what Ed found was MyIE2. So not only did they write it to use the Internet Explorer Engine for Rendering pages, it will also use the Gecko engine too. This is the best of both world for me. I can see how pages will render in two different browsers types and use tabs. Tabs are so nice, because you can have multiple browsers open in one window. Which beats having three or four IE windows up like I had to do before today.

Jim, my friend from the train has started a new site, This is his second EverQuest related site. For those of you who don't know EverQuest is the largest Online RPG. He also runs another EQ (EverQuest) site called EQ Interface which is focused on EQ interface mods and improvements. If EQ is your cup of tea, I suggest checking out Jim's sites.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Sunday Night ... Where did the Weekend go.

So today was my only day off. It wasn't plan'd that way it just happen'd. (Yes, I am going to be doing the Walt Whitman 'd thing) Anyhow, yesterday I spend a good portion of the day tracking down and fixing a strange server problem. Then in the afternoon I was able to help my dear friends move. Which is what I want'd to do with my day.