Archive for the 'development' Category

Ruby On Rails (time for this Microsoft-centric developer to check it out — painlessly!)

August 21, 2006

Ruby On Rails resources and tutorials abound on the web and I’ve spent the last couple days plugging away on a few of them. Being a Microsoft developer has afforded me little insight into Ruby. There are a number of reasons, but the most important are the fact that the learning curve for .NET C# has been steep and that Apache and MySQL aren’t things I’d necessarily like to set up and configure on my server — I’d rather get a root canal.

All of that changed when I discovered the existence of InstantRails ( Now my excuses for avoiding this spectacularly non-Microsoft environment have been at least partially removed. InstantRails encapsulates all of the tools you need to get up and running in a hurry with no install or configuration (a wonderful Ruby trait) necessary.

There are a number of good resources available online to at least get you going — and you’ll be amazed at how far “getting going” will get you.

Here are some of the best I’ve found:

The Joys of Programming (books)

January 12, 2006

I like being a developer. I like the acts of designing software, developing software, and I like reading about developing software. What I don’t like is the shelf-life of the books. I bought quite a few books last year on ADO.NET and various .NET topics and now less than a year later, they are of little use. It’s not that there isn’t decent information in them, rather the newest version of .NET has enough differences from its predecessor to make finding answers in these books only partially useful and in many ways futile.I’m going to make a resolution right now to find a good title for each of the following topics and but them. Then, I’m taking a box of the old ones to to Half-Price Books.

* IIS 6.0
* ASP.NET (2.0) with C#
* C# .NET (2.0)
* ADO.NET (2.0)
* SQL Server 2005
* Biz Talk (the new one — I’d like to know more about this product)

If you have any suggestions, let me know.


February 20, 2001

Passed my fourth and final test to become an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer). The tests were pretty tough and I spent the past month and a half studying nearly every free minute. I’m glad they’re done, but I learned a lot in the process.Special thanks to John Durant who got the ball rolling and has been the primary catalyst towards my positive attitude adjustment. Additional thanks to my office-mate, Joe Beeck, whose motor runs a bit faster than most — and who pushed me to complete this by getting himself certified last week.

None of this would have been possible without the loving understanding of my beautiful wife, Angela, who hasn’t kicked my ass (yet) for spending so much time studying. I hesitate to think what she would have done, had I failed. 😉