Monthly Archives: October 2007

I want an iPAQ 110!

Sometimes, you don’t know what you are going to do with something until you actually live with it.  That’s where I am with my – if I ever get it – PDA.  It could turn out to be an indispensable tool (or is that toy?) that I love.  Or, it may turn out that the […]

Framework Design Guidelines by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams, 2006

Lots of interesting food for thought in this book.  It describes guidelines for structuring your code.  Should this be a structure or a class.  A method or a property?  A namespace?  Multiple classes?  How should I format the code?  Well structured and presented as a discussion of the pros and cons, rather than straight rules.  […]

Visual Basic for Network Applications by Simon Collin, 1998

Sometimes I order used books off of Amazon.  By the time they arrive at the house, sometimes a couple weeks later, I think to myself, “Why on earth did I order this book?”  In this case, the book cost $7.56 with shipping.  Because we have an aging VB6 application at work, I thought this book […]

Pragmatic Unit Testing by Andrew Hunt, David Thomas, Matt Hargett

I started using NUnit a few months ago.  The concept seems simple and the documentation from the website is plenty readable, so I found it easy to begin working with it.  But in the absence of  seeing or talking to another person who uses NUnit (or JUnit or the equivalent), I wondered to myself, have I grasped the […]

Monitoring the UPS status from VB6

The mission:  Our software needs to monitor the state of the UPS unit for our equipment.  If a power failure occurs and the UPS switches to battery power, the software needs to finish the devices being processed on the equipment and come to a graceful halt.  The options:  I wanted to have a signal from the […]

Gerald Weinberg “Becoming a Technical Leader”

I read Becoming a Technical Leader because of a recommendation on the Coding Horror blog.  What did I get out of it? Mr. Weinberg has a lovely, charismatic dog (German Sheperd?) pictured with him on the back cover.  I decided he is believable based on his dog alone. This is not a book about management – at least, […]