Over the last few years I've looked for a different blogging platform. I still haven't settled on one but the one thing most of them have in common is that migrating posts from Wordpress is easy. I've recently started to support other blogs and websites using the Wordpress system and have decided to move this blog there as well. Check me out there.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
StackOverflow: About underscore.js
Pluralsight: Underscore.js Fundamentals
An Introduction to Underscore.js by Dan Wellman
Friday, March 14, 2014
Learn the basics deeply.
Review the complex shallowly.
By learning the basics of development and programming languages deeply it will give you the foundation needed to create well formed solid software. By reviewing many complex theories shallowly you know what is possible, expanding your toolkit and general knowledge base.
A person only has so much brain power. We learn new things every day. Old concepts and skills slowly degrade when not used. We fill the space that is created when our old skills disappear with new knowledge. Spending time carefully choosing what that new knowledge will be is an important part of our development as software engineers.
Spend your time focusing on truly deeply understanding the basic fundamentals of the tools and languages you use on a daily basis. Learn to build a small piece of simple software properly with clean code, unit tests, proper documentation, and a simple clean user interface. Being able to do this will help a person better in the long run than being able to use a single piece of complexity that they will never need again.
Instead of trying to learn a complex piece of information completely, take the time to skim over many different complex pieces of information only studying them as deeply as is needed to understand why they are out there. This helps you to build up a toolkit to understand what is possible and what has already been done.
When the time finally does come that you need to understand the complex. Make sure you understand the basics of what it is before you try to use it. Really understand its purpose.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Right now we are using the Winnovative PDF Converter software to create some reports. It's a great tool that allows us to create a page in HTML then when we want to print it we just change it slightly to pull off the elements that should not be in the report.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I am trying to display a single word inside a larger text area as bold. (Silly requirements.) I have not been able to figure out if there is a way to do this within a standard express. So far all my research has turned up is that I should try to turn markup on for that text box and use HTML markup. Although, even that only has a limited set of supported tags.
First I needed to turn markup on for the textbox. Here are the instructions I found on this asp.net forum answer.
- If the Toolbox is not visible, click Toolbox on the View menu.
- Double-click or drag a Textbox report item to the design surface.
- Drag a field from your dataset into the text box. A placeholder is created for your field.
- Right-click the placeholder (<<Expr>>), and then click Placeholder Properties.
- On the General tab, verify that the Value box contains an expression that evaluates to the field you dropped in step 3.
- Click HTML - Interpret HTML tags as styles. This causes the field to be evaluated as HTML.
- Click OK.
Finally, I rewrote the text in the textbox to be formatted with html instead of the rdlc formatting. It was a pain to do but in the end will be more flexible and maintainable.