Building better ConnectionStrings with ConnectionStringBuilder

February 14, 2011 · 1 min read
Okay, I never admitted to being a .NET guru or anything, and that’s why I get so excited whenever I run across a gem in the framework that allows me to do something easier and with fewer issues.

If You Reach Just One Person

March 29, 2010 · 1 min read
After giving a talk, it’s really difficult to judge if you reached any of the attendee’s.  Normally, you get the occasional “good job” or “thanks, that was a big help.”  Today I got a small mention

Colossal Failures

March 2, 2010 · 2 min read
One of my favorite television shows is Mythbusters.  It’s not that I’m enthralled with the myths themselves, but the engineering required prove the myths correct or incorrect (“Confirmed” or

Leaving It Better Than You Found It

January 26, 2010 · 2 min read
When my wife and I bought our house back in April, one of my pet projects has been to renovate the room over our garage.  I knew buying the house that it would be a lot of work, partly because the

Are we too dependent on the Internet?

January 19, 2010 · 2 min read
In my office, there lives a monster. This monster is called “The Internet Killer,” and he likes to poke his head out every now. When he does, our internet goes down for hours upon hours. During this

Console Games: Why do we have to press start?

January 5, 2010 · 1 min read
Interesting question came up on Twitter the other day: “Press Start” screens? Why can’t I just go straight to the main menu? If you’re a gamer, especially on consoles, you’ve seen this screen more

Learn about Windows 7 Task Dialogs

December 1, 2009 · 1 min read
Please take a few minutes and travel over to DeveloperFusion where my latest article on Windows 7 Task Dialogs has been published.  If you’ve never used a task dialog before, I would definitely

Enhancing Your Applications For Windows 7

November 17, 2009 · 1 min read
I invite you to head over to Developer Fusion, and read my article on "Enhancing Your Applications For Windows 7”.  If you haven’t played with the Windows 7 API Code Pack yet, I definitely recommend

My Attempt at LINQ Pagination

October 16, 2009 · 1 min read
Today I’ve been diving into an easy way to paginate record sets in my applications.  Searching around the internet yielded several good walkthroughs on how to do this.  My favorite way came from my

What Makes A Good Bug Report?

September 23, 2009 · 4 min read
As developers, we understand one fundamental truth: our software is going to break.  It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.  Hopefully on your team, you have a dedicated testing staff. 
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