Is It A Hate Crime If It Happens In An Online Game

gaming suggest edit

This article in Boing Boing about how World of Warcraft (WoW) moderators are warning groups not to adverties their guilds as “GBLT-friendly” (Gay, Bi-sexual, Lesbian, Transgender friendly) got me thinking.

Read More

Dynamic WHERE and ORDER BY Without Dynamic SQL

sql suggest edit

My friend Jeremy (no blog) pointed me to these two useful articles on how to perform dynamic WHERE clauses and ORDER BY clauses without using dynamic SQL. These were written long ago, but I had never thought to use COALESCE in this way. Very cool!

Read More

Who Owns the Copyright for An Open Source Project

This is part 3 in this series on copyright law and open source licensing. If you haven’t already, consider reading Part 1 and Part 2 of this series for background before tackling this topic.

Read More

I Swear

visualstudio suggest edit

If Visual Studio .NET 2003 completely crashes during one more debug session in the next hour (I need to be reasonable here), I am going to throw my freaking computer through the window (figuratively speaking).

Read More

The Developer's Guide To Copyright Law - Part 1

This is part 1 in a three-part series on copyright law and open source licensing. After this, continue onto Part 2 and Part 3 of the series.

Read More

Developers Guide To Open Source Software Licensing

This is part 2 in my three-part series on copyright law and software licensing. Part 1 covered the basics of copyright law. With the background knowledge from that post, we are ready to tackle software licensing in more depth. After this, continue onto Part 3 of the series.

Read More

I Won The Lottery!

personal suggest edit

Well today completes my 31^st^ trip around the Sun and what a Birthday weekend it has been! Every now and then I like to buy a Super Lotto ticket just for the fun of it. I have a solid understanding of math (I did major in it) and I know that the odds are pretty much zilch, but it is fun to think about what I would do should I win.

Read More

Best Blonde Joke Ever?

humor suggest edit

I know I am a bit late to this, but seriously, I have to link to this. This is the best blonde joke ever.

Read More

XHTML Conformance in ASP.NET 2.0

aspnet suggest edit

The key purpose of my last post was to demonstrate how the ASP.NET web controls follow the Decorator pattern when it comes to rendering and how developers can hook into that to customize the rendered HTML.

Read More

Granting Commit Access to Open Source Projects

oss suggest edit

Every open source project has its own procedures for granting the all-important commit access to developers. Some require a set number of submitted patches (which Fogel, author of Producing Open Source Software, warns against). Others do not have any clear process and rely on the whims of those with the ability to add other committers. Whichever procedure your project chooses, it is important make sure make sure it is clearly published in a visible location such as in the developer guidelines.

Read More

Using a Decorator to Hook Into A WebControl's Rendering for Better XHTML Compliance

aspnet suggest edit

Man! What a mouthful of a title, but I think it succinctly describes what this post is about. I will demonstrate how to hook into the rendering of a control that inherits from System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebControl using a Decorator. In particular, I am going to hook into the rendering of a Button control to stop it from emitting the language="javascript" attribute.

Read More

A Word to the Wise About Spam Filters

spam suggest edit

Cash Money If you are going to talk about a product named “Microsoft Money” you had better make sure your comment spam filter doesn’t barf on the word “money”. That just wouldn’t be nice to the helpful people with legitimate comments.

Read More

Setting Up CVS Commit Emails In SourceForge

One key component of open source projects is getting others involved in code review. In fact, that has always been one of the promises of open source software that with the hundreds and thousands of eyeballs looking at the code, the quality will be higher. In practice this doesn’t necessarily work out because the majority of open source projects only have a few eyeballs at work.

Read More

Frustrated With Microsoft Money

tools suggest edit

I really appreciate how Microsoft has really opened up many of its internal developer groups. I only wish this also applied to more of their consumer products.

Read More

Running An Open Source Project

code oss suggest edit

Producing Open Source Software
Cover I just finished reading the book “Producing Open Source Software - How to Run a Successful Free Software Project” by Karl Fogel (pdf available). CollabNet has employed Karl Fogel for the past five years to work on Subversion. Prior to that he has been involved with GNU Emacs and CVS development.

Read More

Misperceptions of Open Source

oss suggest edit

Tim Bray writes to correct misperceptions of what “Open Source” is about.

Read More

Quickstart Guide To Shell Services In SourceForge

Vista Could Be So Much Better

tech suggest edit

Vista From reading other blogs, it seems many developers are unimpressed with the sheen of Windows Vista, the next version of the Microsoft operating system. There is definitely appreciation for all the improvements under the hood, but the out-of-box experience (at least in the betas), leaves much to be desired.

Read More

Setting Up Log4Net For Multi Layered Applications

logging suggest edit

A while ago I wrote up a Quick and Dirty Guide to Configuring Log4Net for Web Applications. Today I received an email asking how to set up logging for a web application that also consists of a business layer and a data access layer.

Read More

Clickable Background Images Via CSS

code css suggest edit

On a recent project, my team pursued a CSS based design as we had two sites to build that were similar in layout, but different in look and feel. We were brought in after the schematics and design had pretty much been worked out, but we felt we could work with the agreed upon design.

Read More