Hilton Giesenow's Jumbled Mind

Thursday, January 20, 2005

The big move - my new blog location (last post on Blogger)

Blogger has been giving me some trouble for a little while but finally it was something on our end that forced my hand. The WebMarshal filter that we sit behind has now decided that the Blogger login page is a porn site, so it won't let me log in (I'm accessing on dialup now).

What this means is that I've decided to move my blog over to http://dotnet.org.za/hiltong/. Armand has been great giving me a hand setting this up, so a big thanks to him. To all my local fans, this will be my last post on Blogger.

On a positive note my blog is now together with all my SADev friends and it is much faster too, so look forward to more posts in 2005!

Friday, January 07, 2005


So after Ilo linked to me I decided to be a responsible blogger and post my first entry for 2005 :-). Thanks Ilo for the in-the-backside kick.

First of all, a big happy new years (!) to the blogosphere. 2004 ended with a bit of a downer, to say the least, for those caught in the tsunami. I spent the entire week glued to the tv in horror.

Last night we had an awesome SADev party to say goodbye to Tina. She's off to JHB, for those who don't know, to join Microsoft. I would prefer not to comment on this (jealousy, they say, makes you nasty) other than to wish her a HUUUUUUGE good luck. Ha ha, now I know someone on the "inside". She did let out that she has a bunch of goodies left over from her MVP stint, so I imagine we are all going to be fighting over prizes from something soon ;-)

Anyway, gotta go and fight with Sharepoint. Sharepoint (or at least its API) and me, we is not much good friendses right now...

btw, looks like we got another survey going around. Missed the last one, but I apparently did quite well this time around). I'm not sure whether to be happy or worried about this score...

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Brilliant News Site

Been swamped for waaaaayyyy to long. Finally getting through stuff and reading some old blogs. I found this awesome news site off of the Scobleizer.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Sharepoint Lists - Getting the Field Data via [SPList].Items.GetDataTable

As part of our sharepoint image library project we've added some custom fields to the image lists. I accidently stumbled upon an interesting method today to get the data out, though. the Items collection of a list has a GetDataTable method that gets the entire field collection across each item in the list into - yes, you guessed it - a datatable.

hmmm, this opens some interesting possibilities for binding, etc...

Thursday, December 02, 2004

A slow blog month...but loads of content to come

Ok, I know I've been a bit lagging on the blog front this last few weeks. I've barely been reading, let alone posting. This seems to be a slow month for quite a few people blog-wise as the end of the year approaches. I've been seriously ducked under with work, but I'm hoping to be clear from about next week. In the meantime, I've also been working on other content. I'm just about done with an article on some of the real nitty-gritty bits of working with typed datasets. It's a sort of a follow up to a recent msdn article, but gets much into some of the difficulties and work arounds needed.

Also, I've finished the No Touch Deployment app to get images into Sharepoint. It's working well so far, but my tester will find out how stable it is ;-). I've got some Sharepoint articles brewing in the brain too... Watch this space.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Winforms App to put images into Sharepoint Image Library

I'm just finishing a rough little winforms app that can be http-deployed. My first smart client app :-). If anyone is interested in it I might put some details together. It lets you open local images, resize them to standard sizes (640x480, 800x600, etc.) and set the quality. It also gives a final file size indication. Finally, it can (well, still working on this part but it's going well) upload the images to a Sharepoint image list.

MSN Web Messenger 1

MSN Web Messenger is now available in version 1. I'm finally back on messenger! You can get it at http://webmessenger.msn.com and it is not as feature-rich as the windows app but it does the basics well.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Edit and Continue vs Refactoring

I had another wierd thought today (I tend to get these every now and then - see here). I was reading Paul Vick's blog (he's a member of the VB.Net team) and this entry is talking about how VB.Net is not going to get refactoring in Whidbey but both VB.Net and C# will get Edit and Continue (EnC).

First of all, let me explain that I am really upset about this. When I saw the refactoring abilities in whidbey I was seriously impressed. When I discovered they were not to appear in vb.net is was shocked to an equal degree. By and large the vb.net team has done absolutely brilliant work but I definitely agree with refactoring over EnC.

My wierd thought, without further ado, is this: EnC is for fixing your own code, Refactoring is for fixing someone else's ;-).

What I mean is that it is mostly when you are debugging and stepping through your own code that you need EnC but when you are reviewing other people's code to QA, etc. you want to refactor it. If you do it right the first time you should'nt need EnC. If the previous programmer... 'nuf said.

Seriously though, while I probably won't switch, this would be my first real impetus to move to C#. A major argument for VB is its RAD abilities. Refactoring is in some ways a big part of RAM (rapid application maintenace - did I just coin a term?) - the work we all really love! Any way to cut this down suits me perfectly.

Obviously these are generalised views but they explain why I feel so strongly about this.