A few months ago, I posted about an idea that a British student had for making a million dollars. I’m proud to announce that he has achieved his goal!! It’s great to know that there are still some ideas out there that can make money and don’t involve porn. Just wanted to say “my hats off to you sir”…
Here’s a few short clips to brighten your day (and summarize a few great movies) brought to you by Angry Alien Productions.
If you write .NET code and aren’t using FxCop, you should start. It really does help you to produce better code and learn best practices as well. I’m not going to go into a long diatribe about how or why you should use it, plenty of other folks have done that. Rather, I wanted to mention an issue that I had as I began to use it…
I noticed a large number of errors, thus a large part of my time, were due to FxCop not recognizing my company name, project name, or other words that were actually correct. While I appreciate the concern, I HATE false positives and resign ed myself to simply ignoring spelling in general – not something I wanted to do but I felt it was the lesser of the two evils. Fortunately, I’m ever the “Googler” and managed to dig up a little feature I was unaware of – CustomDictionary.xml. Basically, you follow their format and can have certain acronyms/words allowed and even disallowed based on this handy little file. So I’ve added it to my BuildSystem [sorry link was to old site] so that it is now at both the repository level and at the project level.
I can officially hang up any ideas I might have had of creating the killer web based IM client – it exists here. I was a little doubtful at first and hesitant to put my username/password into a non-HTTPS browser window (let alone on a server I have no knowledge or control of) but I did it anyway. The gasp that was heard upon clicking “Sign On” was one of amazement – the interface is clean, simple, and works quite effortlessly. It’s basically Trillian but in a browser – which is great since my copy of Trillian takes 15 minutes to load and seems to bog my entire PC down (P4 3GHz with 1GB RAM) but that’s a rant for another day…
Apparently, this is the love child of two devoted and quite capable devs produced by a company that is a mere three months old. Although it’s still in alpha and needed a few features – it’s completely usable in my opinion. I will certainly have to keep an eye on these folks…
Oh and they have a blog too.
I’ve been aware of the prototype library (if you want to call it that) by Sam Stephenson for some time now by way of Rico and even used it in my [edited] project. However, I had little idea of what all it was capable of due to a SEVERE lack of documentation and not really having the time to pick thru the source myself. Today, that was rectified. Finally, a great explanation of prototype.