October 2010 Entries

On methodology, hiring, waterfalls, and sandcastles

One of the things I’m struggling with right now is to express a few thoughts which have been milling around in my head regarding lightweight and effective strategies and approaches for small business / projects. When I say “small business” what I really mean is the New Zealand version of small business – REALLY small business. The following links are all related to this thinking – thinking which will hopefully surface eventually in some meaningful way (when actual work isn’t quite as hectic). Case Study: Rapid iteration with hardware – the whole site is an interesting read, however...

Analog Sunday

I think analog Sunday as an informal idea is a great one. However right now I fear that in order for it to work for me I’ll need to make it a formal idea, otherwise it won’t happen. I had a semi-analog Saturday yesterday and it was a pretty good thing, so I look forward to having more in the future.

Something you might not know about Entity Framework model generation

Well, this was something I didn’t know about Entity Framework model generation – and that’s that there are a couple of differences to the generated model depending on whether your SQL Server is running 2005 or 2008. It’s obvious really when you think about it, but when you’ve been using EF for a while without coming across any issues it can trip you up a little. In my recent case, it took a few months of working on a distributed project where developers/test/production were using a mix of server versions before it cropped up – the issue and...

Nothing to see here folks, everything is fine

Whenever a new New Zealand specific freelancer / crowdSPRING type site pops up I like to check it out – it’s an interesting window into your country’s technology trends. Freelancer.co.nz seems to be spending quite a bit of money on Adsense clicks at the moment, so I wandered over and took a look at their site and more specifically at the list of technologies they have current postings for. So from the screenshot below, can you see a couple of technologies which are absent? (Hint: these technologies might appear under either “IBM Tivoli” or under...

TinyMCE’s fullpage plugin + ASP.NET request validation

Even though some people debate the effectiveness of the request validation that comes built into ASP.NET, you get it for free so it makes sense to use it. So when working with a HTML editor which is going to be posting back “potentially dangerous HTML” you’ll probably want to use an editor which lets you encode its content, like TinyMCE does via its XML encoding. If you’re interested and haven’t used its XML encoding before then you can read more about it here) in order to avoid disabling request validation. Normally this all works well, however it seems that...

Using IIS7’s detailed errors

If you’ve had to do any work with IIS, deploying websites, or debugging deployment issues, then this may be something you already know – however I’ve been working with IIS7 for quite some time, and only came across a need for this fairly recently. I could have been lucky to not need this until now, however it’s something I wish I knew about sooner, as IIS7’s detailed errors are pretty handy for those 500/404 errors which make you go “Whuh?”. This is obviously something you won’t want to leave on all the time – it provides a...