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VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 31 October 2005 (12180 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

VistaDB just put out a new version of their .NET embedded database. Here's the blurb from their site:

This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy 'n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, data management and data migration tools. Free trial is available for download.
- Learn more about VistaDB
- Repost this to your blog and receive a FREE copy of VistaDB 2.1!

I'm still running into problems with the integrity of SharpHSQL, and even though I had trouble with the trial version of VistaDB in the past, I am looking forward to trying to integrate this new version into TaskRunner. The instabilities of #HSQL are getting to the point where I can't even code enough to account for them all, so it's time to take a serious look in another direction, and hopefully, VistaDB will be it...
TaskRunner 3.0 Beta phase is drawing to a close...
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 25 October 2005 (7153 hits)
Category: TaskRunner

Alright... I know I've been saying this for the last fifty years... but I really am finishing up the Beta phase of TaskRunner 3.0 now.

No new features will be added... only existing bug fixes will be incorporated into the 3.0 final release. As soon as I finish up the help documentation and registration process, 3.0 will be released into the wild. (I know... you're excited... I can tell )

This does not mean that if you want a feature enhancement then you're out of luck... feel free to go to the forum and post a request/suggestion, or email it to me. All requests will go on my ever-increasing list of things to add to the next version (3.2 or whatever I decide to call it).


Post Empathetic Exhaustion (a.k.a. How much can one planet take?)
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 11 October 2005 (4779 hits)
Category: Serious Crap

Seriously... first the tsunami... then a nice long string of devastating hurricanes... then throw in a couple massive floods... and add a huge earthquake for good measure. It'll be a wonder if any buildings are actually still standing come Christmas.

And after all this... after months of consecutive tragedies... and public outreach... and billions of dollars in donations and aid... I think we might be running into a new phenomenon here... and I've dubbed it "PEE" or "Post Empathetic Exhaustion" (and mark my words, it'll be all over cable news in no time )...

More cool stuff from Google...
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 30 September 2005 (7550 hits)
Category: Nerdery

Last time I drooled over the latest web-tech from Google, it was because of a cool new feature in Google Maps. This time... they've made a few enhancements (or should I say, optional enhancements) to their homepage. As ahead-of-the-curve as Google has always been, their homepage has always been very minimalistic and simple (which is one of the things I always liked about them). Most search engines flood their landing page with so much content, and news feeds, and crap that you have to squint just to find the "Search" field (which is the only reason you go to the page in the first place). But Google has always had a very uncluttered, fast-loading home page that gives you exactly what you need, and nothing more... but now, thanks to their latest groovy toy, you can have your cake, and actually find the freaking Search field too...

Enumerating an... um... enumerator.
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 28 September 2005 (7764 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

Here's a little tip I picked up... I figured I'd pass it along.

Let's say you've got an enumerator... lets also say that you want to give your user the option to pick one of the items in that enumerator by using a ComboBox (or ListBox or whatever). Well... once they pick which item they want, the combobox returns a plain ol' string, not an item from the enumerator. Well what good does that do you? Now you've got this string, and you need to convert it to the corresponding value of that item in the enumerator... So what do you do? How do you take a String and quickly and easily return it's corresponding value from an Enumerator.... Well, how 'bout I show you.

Katrina stories...
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 15 September 2005 (3891 hits)
Category: Serious Crap

I don't really intend to talk about serious stuff too often in this Blog. Not because I don't have a serious side (which I do), but because I've learned after many, many years of "discussions" (if you can call them that) on the internet, that most conversations on the web, of even a remotely serious nature, eventually end up in some kind of worthless "us vs. them" flame-fest. There is very little objective, rational conversation left on the net, and I'd much rather stick to facetiousness and sarcasm then try to cut through the fog of years of bitter, divisive verbal lambasting.... but that's just me.

Anyway... the point is, every once in a while, I'll probably end up posting something resembling a serious topic... and this happens to be the first time that has happened...

The ultimate musical nerdery...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 14 September 2005 (4947 hits)
Category: Nerdery

You know... I thought I was the quintessential musical nerd. I'm nerdy: I write my own software... I own a watercooled computer (I'll pause while you giggle)... I build all my computer systems (and those of my friends.... and family... and people I don't even know)... I spend every waking hour in front of a computer. And I'm musical: I play drums... I play guitar... I do my own home-recordings. So you'd think that would qualify me as the ultimate musical nerd.... but you'd be wrong.

And it's all because of these guys...

Apple's continuing iPod woes...
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 30 August 2005 (2248 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

As if the patent issues that Apple is having with their best-selling iPod weren't a happy enough event, they had to go and have another problem with them, just to brighten my day.

It looks like Apple put some really crappy batteries in that ridiculously over-priced, fad-tech, MP3 player of theirs. Consumers reported having problems with batteries that wouldn't hold a charge. And what was Apple's first response to their blindly-faithful consumers who plunked down 400 bucks for something they could have gotten for half as much....?



....buy another one.

Doing Microsoft's job for them... again.
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Written by WATYF on Sunday, 28 August 2005 (17906 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

In an earlier piece, I detailed all the trials an tribulations I endured while trying to deal with the problems and shortcomings of the VS.NET installer (i.e. the MSI file generated by a Setup and Deployment project). Well, you can consider this article to be Part II of that miserable saga.

It's bad enough that some of the most basic and common functionality of installers isn't available in the .NET Setup and Deployment project... but what makes it worse is just how hard it can be to implement some of the simplest features into your installation process.... and that's where I come in. I subject myself to hours of unimaginable misery, just so you don't have to... but that's just the kinda guy I am.

But before I tell you all you need to know about hacking up your very own MSI files, let's list off all the things that a VS.NET Setup and Deployment project won't do for you...

The oxymoron that is an arrogant nerd...
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Written by WATYF on Saturday, 27 August 2005 (8526 hits)
Category: Nerdery

I think I may have found the biggest jerk on the internet.... or, at least, the biggest jerk of all nerds on the internet.

So I’m browsing around codeproject, trying to find a tip on how to hack the MSI file for TaskRunner (a topic which I'll be posting on soon, no doubt), and I run across this old entry by some guy from India (or Pakistan, or wherever 90% of the programmers in the world are from these days ) who posted a tip on how to access data in an MSI file using some API calls. Now granted... the solution wasn't elegant... and his english was pretty bad.... but he at least gave a simple example of how to open an MSI database and run an SQL query against it.

Well... apparently, some nerd was in a bad mood (probably because he hadn't gotten his daily ration of twinkies yet), and he decided to totally rip into this poor, unsuspecting sap...

Help me, or shut your big, fat piehole.
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 26 August 2005 (8414 hits)
Category: Nerdery

Has anyone else ever noticed this....? It happens all too often when I ask a question on a technical message board. Let's say I have a simple problem... I can't figure out how to defractalize a corned-beef hashtable... (yes... I realize those are made up terms... it's a story... deal with it ) And let's further say that I've spent a few hours (or even days) going through ideas on how to do this, and come up empty. So naturally, I head to my favorite message board/newsgroup/whatever that relates to the topic I'm having a problem with at the time. I then post a new thread saying, "Hi there. I'd like to defractalize a corned-beef hashtable. Can anyone give me ideas on how to do this?"

At this point, I'm expecting someone to come back and say something like, "Sure... you need to instantiate a Fractilization object using the Bioformatter Class, and then call the Defractalize method."

But instead, I get worthless crap like this....

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