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Fixing what annoys me about the NumericUpDown control...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 22 August 2005 (13339 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

One of the things that bothers me the most about .NET controls (or... I should say... most any platform's stock controls) is that there's always that one behavior in the control that just totally screws up what you're trying to do with it. I remember this problem haunting me all the way back in my early programming days, as a young pup, working with VBA. I'd be building some groovy new interface in Access that was just gonna "wow" all my coworkers... I'd add a control to my form to perform what I considered to be a perfectly simple, menial task... and I'd throw some code behind it and test out the app, only to find out that there was just one... stupid... little... quirk about the control that grated on me like nails on a chalkboard. And sometimes it wasn't just annoying... it was even conflicting with the way I had coded the form, or causing me to have to add additional code just to account for it. Sometimes, piddly little crap like this would have me hunting for hours (sometimes even days ) just to find a suitable workaround.

There are way too many of these experiences for me to recount right now (not to mention that I've repressed most of those memories by this point), but one such example just happened to me the other day, involving the NumericUpDown control and the wonderful way in which it doesn't bother to validate user input to make sure it stays within the Minimum and Maximum range... so I thought I'd share with you how I got around it.

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I hate the VS.NET installer with all of my soul...
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 19 August 2005 (5974 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

So.... after I finally got the Beta version of TaskRunner ready, it was time to clean up some of the deployment processes, one of which was making sure that the installer worked how I wanted it to. This involved diving back into the blood-pressure-friendly world of the VS.NET Installer. Oh, how I've missed it.... I remember back in the day.... with my peeps... when I was first releasing TaskRunner 2.0. I have so many fond recollections of pounding my mouse up against my face in unabashed fury while trying to accomplish the simplest of installation tasks. Fortunately, before I lost the last shred of my sanity, I gave up on trying to get the installer to do anything more than the most basic task.... INSTALLING THE FREAKING PROGRAM! At least it could do that much... for the most part.

But apparently, I enjoy pain and suffering so much that I decided to try to work some "advanced" (and I use that term loosely here) features into the installation of Version 3.0.... unfortunately, as with most things involved in Windows programming... things did not go so smoothly...

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TaskRunner 3.0 is in Beta...
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 18 August 2005 (4515 hits)
Category: TaskRunner

TaskRunner 3.0 Beta version has been released for testing. If you want to be one of the extremely lucky people to have the prestigious honor of testing out the new version of TaskRunner  then check out the TaskRunner 3.0 Update Page for more information.

 
BWWWAAAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
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Written by WATYF on Sunday, 14 August 2005 (2979 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

So get this... Apple just found out that they're (most likely) going to have to pay royalties for each and every iPod that they sell... in case you've been living with your head stuffed in a toaster for the last 3 years, the iPod is Apple's best selling item.... ever.  For those who don't know, I love making fun of Apple (and Apple users in general ), so this fact alone is enough to send me into fits of glee.... but that's not the best part....

...the kicker is who they have to pay the royalties to.....

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You too can be a staaaar!!!
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Written by WATYF on Sunday, 07 August 2005 (4504 hits)
Category: Musical

Have you ever seen an "artist" perform live (on some music awards show... or maybe a late night talk show), and they sound like absolute crap? And even though you're a mindless consumer who just gobbles down whatever the flavor of the week is that they're shoving down your throat, did you ever have that faint, small voice in the back of your head ask, "How come they sound so good on their albums, but every time I hear them live, they suck?".

Well ladies and gentlemen... It's my self-appointed job to reveal to you the mysteries of the universe, and I've decided to start with this one... You see... you don't need talent to sing like the pros... because the "pros" don't have any talent either...

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Microsoft makes me schizophrenic...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 01 August 2005 (7219 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

It's weird... one day, I wanna give Bill Gates a big, warm hug... and then the next day, I wanna punch him in the throat and staple pasta to his face. I think it comes with the territory when you're a MS platform nerd, like myself.

The latest incident started, as most incidents do, when I thought to myself, "Hey... it would be cool if I could get [insert name of application here] to do [insert name of unbelievably simple task here]." One of the things I'm adding to the next version of TaskRunner is the ability to add a "system cleanup" task to the Task Scheduler. And part of that function would be to cleanup all of your Internet Explorer temporary internet files, history, and cookies. This, by itself, seems to be an extreeeeeeemely simple thing... I mean... that's what I thought, anyway...
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Google rocks my world...
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 28 July 2005 (4530 hits)
Category: Nerdery

If Wal-Mart is the center of the physical universe (which it is), then Google is most definitely the center of the internet. There isn't anything that I can't find or learn within 5 minutes using the power of the almighty Google (I know I sound like a shill for Google, but I'm getting to a point, so hold your pants on ). One of the things I like aboot Google is their nice selection of handy-dandy search tools (such as define and link). I like them so much that I built a few of them into the next version of TaskRunner (in stores soon!!).

But by far, the neatest thing about Google is something I ran across a number of months ago, and the great thing is, it just got better...
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Why do all embedded databases suck???
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 20 July 2005 (28430 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

(IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since the writing of this article, I have finally found a .NET embedded database that works great for everything I need. I have left this article intact so you can see how things started out, but some of the opinions in it have been vastly revised. To find out which DB I went with, you can read all about it here.)



I've been hunting... and searching... and Googling for the last YEAR at least (well, maybe it's only been two months) trying to find an embedded database to use as the back end for TaskRunner.... but every single one I've tried ends up having some fatal flaw in it that makes it completely or nearly useless for TR.

What I need is an SQL capable, embedded database that is thread-safe, has a .NET provider and a small foot-print, and that is available in a .NET source code (although that last requirement, I can live without)...
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TaskRunner 3.0 is almost ready...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 20 July 2005 (8161 hits)
Category: TaskRunner

I swear... I'm like *this* close to finishing it...... I think.

Anyway... check out the TaskRunner 3.0 Feature List for a full run-down on what's been added/updated AND for some new screenshots (yay!!)...
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