Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Desktop

With Windows 10 finally getting close, and Visual Studio 2015 having an official release date.....it's time to start thinking about upgrading the OS.  Here's my Start Menu now, just so I don't forget my layout and frequently used items later....






Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Joy of Programming

I'm often asked why do I develop programs and write software.

Ask anybody that really loves their work and I think you'll get the following answer...



To me, the process of analyzing a problem, breaking it down into pieces, formulating a solution, mapping out a strategy, and creating the code is highly rewarding.

To me, it's a mental excersize, just like a surgeon, or a detective.  We start quickly and accurately developing solutions given the parameters to find a solution.  

There's also something very tactile about typing on a keyboard to develop the solution and seeing the results on screen.  I don't feel that same joy attempting to use an iPad or tablet to do work.  I need the sound of those keys.

I'm not saving lives here, but I'm making them better and making people more productive.  Which can in some cases improve the quality of life.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Windows 10 Start Menu Fail

Microsoft just released another Windows 10 build for testing.  They should be going down the final stretch for a release in July/August of 2015 (frankly - August would be too late in my opinion to capture the back to school market)

I published a YouTube video showing how I can get it to crash....




Microsoft is also working on development tools also.  They just released a Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, and they've got some problems there also.  The installed crashed while installing the Android development tools, and here's what you get when you try to start a Xamarin iOS project in Visual Studio also.






Anybody else truly hate this quick release, continuous integration crap.  I know it has a purpose, but seriously.  It's very, very, very hard to provide confidence in your product when everything is in an Alpha or Beta development phase.

I can't tell you how many times Visual Studio 2013 has crashed on me and I've lost hours and hours of work just due to some buggy plug-in that decides to barf at the most inopportune time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This isn't a good thing...

StackOverflow finished with the 2015 developer survey....

I value education...my wife has her Ph.D. and teaches in higher education, and I have a Masters in Computer Science.  So education is important in our household.

Being self-taught in new disciplines is fine, as long as you have the fundamentals.  I doubt a lot of these self-taught developers, know how to create a Linked-List in C, or a build a Compiler and a Linker.

Over the years, we've just fixed lazy by "adding more memory" and "throwing another processor" at the problem instead of really focusing on memory management, etc. 

Look, I wish I had access to the tools that kids have now-a-days.  I just hope the self-taught's are not cranking out crap code, full of buffer overflows, insecure security libraries, etc.  It get's increasingly more important to be cognizant of these issues as we more forward to an entirely digital society.

Crossing my fingers!


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

SQL Server 2008 to 2012 Detailed Version Info

Here's some SQL Server Information - I seem to be referencing it lately.  So figured I'd post it.







I got quoted....yikes!

I got quoted on the Delphi RAD Studio and AppMethod developer tools site.

I love Microsoft's Visual Studio tools for development.  I was doing some mobile development during Xamarin's early days of their mobile Androind and IOS tools cycle.  It was bad.

Even when Xamarin launched the re-branded tools, not much changed and it still was a pain in the butt to develop with those tools.

I decided to try Delphi's RAD Studio and the Firemonkey integration made it a snap.  I was developing stuff quicker and that's the goal, right?







Monday, April 06, 2015

Fun with X-Plane

Being a Private Pilot can be pretty expensive.  So I like to brush up on "procedures" by using a flight simulator.  I've got rudders, a yoke, and prop controls, etc.  So it's almost like being there - except for the G forces.  Looks like this trip I would have taken a beating!



Anyway, Microsoft Flight Simulator used to be the go-to system but a while back I switched to X-Plane.  It's got a lot of professional features.

Unfortunately, they've jumped on the mobile bandwagon and I think the quality is suffering.  I hate making a cross-country flight, then bang!.......an error.  What a pain.  Sure wish they'd handle this up the stack before it gets the the O/S level!

Hey Austin, fix this!!!!!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Another Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015 Test

Finally back to testing a few things Microsoft have been churning out...

First off Windows 10...

I'm actually ok with what I'm seeing out of the Technical Previews.  I'm a little skeptical (as is everybody) on the FREE upgrade within the first year of general release if you have a Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 installation.  I know why they are doing it.  But I just always feel like there is some sinister move behind it.

It makes sense on the Apple side to give Operating System updates away for free - they control the hardware.  (At least for 99.999% of the installations - Hackintosh's are another story).  So they only benefit by giving it away and keeping people current.

Microsoft on the other side has the "white box" machine installers to deal with.  So they'd have an issue with those folks.  But still, I say the Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 kernels were stellar.  They were stable and I've never really had any crazy issues happen (unlike the days of XP).  If they really want to clean up the Internet and get rid of all the old viruses, etc. floating around, they'd give Windows 10 away for free.  Then people would eventually "get current" and stop running a 10+ year old operating system.  Then make them pay when Windows 11, etc. comes out.

Anyway, not sure if the following is a language issue on Windows 10 or Visual Studio 2015.....

It's taken years, but I predict if Windows 10 stays stable like it has been, it will be a great boon for Microsoft...but it may be too late to capture the people that have moved on to some of the great Linux distributions and of course the Apple Macintosh.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DevExpress Bug

I've been using the Developer Express Universal tools for years (8+) ever since I saw Mark Miller do a CodeRush demo live in Southeast Michigan.  In all that time, I've never had an issue with their tools, but found a bug I couldn't really figure out today...

Of course, I joke about the swag, but they've actually done it before..... 

Shortly after I became a customer and noticed my productivity skyrocket.  I sent them an email about how much I love their products.  In return, they sent me a T-Shirt, USB thumbdrive and pocket knife, and a pen.

Sometimes it's great same-day customer service and the little things that a company does to keep their customers.

Thanks again DevExpress!