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  1. Quote:Original post by Telastyn I was recommended Assembla a little while back and am completely thrilled with it. The key feature is the lack of an open source license requirement (ala sourceforge or google code) Agreed. There's a fairly good feature set, and the pricing is reasonable. I may want to move my other projects over... Currently keeping most of my projects in SVN on my Dreamhost account. Their account control panel has a page that makes creating repositories, super easy.
  2. McCain picks Sarah Palin

    Wow, before today I had no idea that a Palin was (more or less) running Alaska. Imagine my surprise this morning to see my family name splashed around in the news! I have no idea whether she (or her husband perhaps) is anywhere in my family tree - something to look up I think.
  3. Just downloaded the express editions - the Pro trial just ran out on me :( VS 2008 Pro|Express are looking great, time to start digging in! As for choosing between 2005 and 2008, I recall reading that 2005 is limited to .NET 2.0, while 2008 can handle .NET 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5. Regardless of whether you are using Pro or Express. So by all means stick to 2008!
  4. As a suggestion, if you want your ConnectionManager class to be more reusable, you could revise the constructor to take those variables as parameters. This would remove the class' dependence on global variables. You can still have the global variables in your application, just pass them into your ConnectionManager class.
  5. Where to start with Visual Basic programming???

    Quote:Original post by benryvesMy biggest problem with VB.NET is that it allows you to continue writing horrible VB6-style code and using its limited built-in functions rather than embracing the .NET framework class library equivalents. This is especially a problem for beginners. On the flip side, C# would force you into good programming practices from the outset. I must respectfully disagree with this statement. Just because VB.NET CAN be written poorly, doesn't mean that it HAS to be. It's not holding a gun to your head. In my view, it is just as easy to write poor code in C#, or any other language, as it is in VB. The key is education. To the OP: by all means start with VB.NET. Learn the programming concepts - not the language per se, but the ideas behind programming in an organized fashion - and if you get to the point where you want to take on another language, those concepts will carry over. There is nothing wrong with learning VB. A good programmer should at least have some familiarity with some different languages, both for the variety and to appreciate the slightly different working methodologies and quirks that come with each.
  6. Digital Camera - recommendations?

    If you are really getting into photography, and want something more than a simple camera for snapshots, you might want to look at the Nikon D40 DSLR. I don't have one (I use the D50), but have seen it in stores. It is actually cheap compared to other DSLRs, and is apparently quite popular. If you don't care for all the control a DSLR gives you, or you want something simple to take snapshots with, then that narrows your options down to compact consumer models. And 6 MP is plenty, more than enough for standard size prints, and a bit bigger. You wouldn't need 10 MP unless you expect to be making poster-size prints.
  7. [.net] Visual

    By all means, ask your VB.NET questions. There's more to .NET than C#! ;)
  8. Awesome deaf superbowl commercial!

    Quote:Original post by WanMaster Quote:Original post by Zeraan I'm not sure if it's leaked or not, but the PepsiCo made an official statement about the commercial. Here it is. Quote from the press release: "Slated to air on the pre-game show on FOX, the commercial features Pepsi-Cola and Lay's Potato Chips, but its real mission is to bring awareness of the American deaf community to a wider audience." A question for any deaf people around here: is it alright to feel a bit cynical reading a statement like this, or should I just embrace the increased exposure? That one line sort of killed the commercial for me. Yeah, the product placement dilutes the message somewhat, but I appreciate the gesture.
  9. Awesome deaf superbowl commercial!

    Quote:Original post by Simian Man Ha ha that is funny! I'm surprised the commercial was released before the game though. Or was it leaked? Quote:Original post by Zeraan Go Deaf! :) Bad advice :) Indeed. Avoid it if you can. While not fully deaf, I am severely hard of hearing. Not that far off, actually. I always appreciate efforts made to accommodate those who do not have full/any hearing levels. The awareness is a good thing, in my opinion :)
  10. Working on Your Own Project

    Like others have said, one could try getting up extra earl before going to work, then use that extra time for own projects. I've been doing this for a little while now, and it is great. True, it means getting up earlier, but it does help reduce late-night coding sessions too. And doing it first in the morning has me much fresher, where I prefer to read or watch TV in the evenings.
  11. Recommended SVN hosts?

    I can also suggest SVN on DreamHost - it is quick to set up, and can be accessed anywhere. As has been suggested, you can use other products via DH such as Trac and Bugzilla. I'm currently evaluating Mantis. It all costs me just $10 per month.
  12. Quote:Original post by jpetrie Quote: True, you could write your own de/serialization functionality, but why not use what's in place already? Well, there are occasionally valid reasons -- I manually(*) serialize my asset classes, for example, because the .NET serialization is quite verbose and not exactly easy to restore manually (e.g., from native C++ code). (*) Rather, of course, my asset tool generates me code to serialize them manually. Fair enough. Edge cases to tend to pop up from time to time, and they have to be dealt with, one way or another. As mentioned previously, I haven't too much experience with the XML Serializer yet, but it works pretty well for me, and I was too happy to switch from the manual technique.
  13. I haven't worked TOO much with .NET serialization so far, but it does seem pretty nice. It does take some wading through the options (want XML or binary output? implement ISerializable or use attributes?) to figure out the technique. That said, I have been using the attributes technique to serialize an object graph to XML and bring it back again. Outside of the classes involved, it just takes a few lines of code to kick off the de/serialization process. True, you could write your own de/serialization functionality, but why not use what's in place already? I used to do the above work in the old way, manually reading and writing XML files, but when I discovered /NET serialization I was able to eliminate quite a lot of extraneous code.
  14. [.net] ASP.NET IIS

    If .NET is installed before IIS, IIS will not be aware of .NET. If IIS is installed _first_, .NET will automatically register ASP.NET with IIS (which is the key part). The command you used can be used to do the registration manually.
  15. Nested repeaters make my head hurt. Single one is easy enough, but dealing with nesting them complicates things. I'm in the process of getting my head wrapped around the concept. I did find an interesting article on CodeProject recently that I'm trying to absorb, NestedRepeater. Seems like a way to simplify the nested repeater concept a bit.